Several dozen protesters jammed the walkway in front of Sullivan Hall Tuesday afternoon, decrying a plan to discuss a potential on-campus football stadium at Temple. A half-dozen police officers protected the entrance to the ornate building where the university’s Board of Trustees was meeting. Inside the Feinstone Lounge, protesters could be heard shouting from outside throughout the meeting.
For today, it was all just theater. No decisions were made. Patrick O’Connor, the president of the Board of Trustees, announced a planned action on the Temple football stadium — an expected approval — would be deferred until a later date. This came not long after Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced he believed the Temple football team should remain at Lincoln Financial Field.
O’Connor said Temple would meet soon with the incoming mayor. “We’ve had extensive discussions as to the necessity of this stadium for our Division I program as well as the other uses,” he said. “We are going to engage all aspects of this community, including a meeting with the mayor-elect, to ensure that what we do for our students and our programs will be good for Temple and good for the great city of Philadelphia.”
An on-campus football stadium would be a block or two behind the Liacouras Center, most likely. Read more »