Multipurpose Facility FAQ

Last updated: Jan. 18, 2018

What is the history of the project?

On Feb. 8, 2016, Temple University’s Board of Trustees authorized the development of preliminary designs and environmental impact studies for a multipurpose retail and football stadium project on the northwest corner of Main Campus. The trustees placed a number of provisions on that approval. Read the full resolution.

In March 2016, Temple announced that it selected firm Moody Nolan, well known for its responsive and collaborative approach, to lead design of the proposed facility and identify future opportunities for retail in the multipurpose project. Read the announcement here.

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What stipulations did the trustees include in their resolution related to the stadium and retail project?

The board’s resolution establishes a number of specifications to be met as the project moves forward, including that:

  • Temple spend no more than $1 million to pursue initial designs and studies to determine how the site can best be used for the proposed complex. (In July 2016, the board authorized an additional $250,000 for further study, particularly in regard to traffic impact. The total allotment for preliminary designs, usage options and feasibility studies was revised to $1.25 million).
  • The university collaborate with community members and government officials to address local residents’ concerns, such as noise, parking and trash.
  • The total budget for the football stadium not exceed $130 million.
  • The overall financing plan for the project have a $50 million fundraising goal.
  • Cost reductions and revenue enhancements from a stadium result in significant net savings.
  • The proposed stadium have a capacity of approximately 35,000 seats (about half the size of Lincoln Financial Field).

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How is Temple addressing community concerns?

First, by listening. Temple has been talking with residents who live in the North Philadelphia community closest to the proposed site.

Temple will continue conversations with neighbors as this project develops. Many of the concerns are about noise, parking and trash. We understand these concerns and continue to gather information to help make sure these issues are addressed.

It is Temple’s intention to address both existing concerns with student behavior and the concerns that could arise with a new stadium. In fact, as a result of conversations with residents, the university updated rules on students’ off-campus behavior. Neighbor concerns about noise, trash and students’ disrespect were key to informing these rules, including higher fines for misconduct.

The university has instructed stadium designers to minimize the facility's impact when it comes to height, lights and noise. In fact, preliminary plans call for the stadium to be no higher than the adjacent row homes on Norris Street.

Every aspect of the stadium experience, from the construction to its day-to-day operations, will be planned and executed with the priorities and well-being of Temple’s neighbors in mind. After looking at other urban stadiums, we are confident we can create designs that take these concerns into account and make this a valuable addition to North Philadelphia.

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Where would the stadium be located?

The area to be developed is bound by Broad Street on the east; Norris Street on the north; 16th Street on the west; and Pearson-McGonigle halls and the Aramark STAR Complex on the south. It’s within Temple’s existing footprint and owned by the university.

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Why is Temple considering a multipurpose facility?

There are many reasons why Temple is considering a retail complex and on-campus stadium, including the long-term benefit of owning a stadium instead of renting one. Owning a stadium is anticipated to result in substantial savings.

By including a retail component, Temple intends to create a vibrant, pedestrian-focused experience that will benefit students and the community alike. Other components of the multipurpose facility will include year-round classrooms and space for a concussion research center.

The multipurpose facility is in keeping with other changes on Main Campus. In recent years, Temple has built Morgan Hall, an acclaimed high-rise residence hall and dining center on Broad Street; a world-class Science Education and Research Center; and new homes for the Fox School of Business, and the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. The new Aramark STAR Complex—an academic, athletics and recreation facility— opened last fall at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue, and the Temple Sports Complex has been added at the south end of campus. A state-of-the-art library is under construction in the heart of Main Campus.

Great universities have great facilities, and a multipurpose facility with retail and a campus stadium would be Temple’s first opportunity to have a true “home game” experience.

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Will Temple need to buy land to build the stadium?

The university does not need additional land for the project. Rumors that Temple will seek to acquire homes in North Philadelphia or displace community residents for the project are not true.

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What will happen to the Amos Recreation Center?

Amos Recreation Center, which is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia, will remain.

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How will Temple pay for the stadium?

Project funding for the proposed facility will primarily come from private donations and bonds, the latter supported by funds that would otherwise be paid to rent Lincoln Financial Field.

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Instead of using this money for the stadium, why not use it for other purposes?

Having a venue to play football incurs costs regardless of whether the games are played at Lincoln Financial Field or a home stadium. That allocated money can’t be repurposed.

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How will lighting be handled?

Engineers will focus on minimizing light and noise impact. A detailed traffic and parking analysis, as well as an environmental impact study, will also be completed as plans move forward.

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How big will the stadium be and how many seats will it have?

Current discussions estimate an approximately 35,000-seat stadium—about half the size of Lincoln Financial Field.

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How will the university handle parking needs?

Games or events at the proposed multipurpose facility are intended to be largely pedestrian experiences. With so many students being able to walk to the stadium, there will not be a need for massive concrete lots like those at the Linc.

Temple’s community is accustomed to using public transportation, and it’s important to note that the stadium will be serviced by city buses, two stops on the Broad Street Line subway and the Temple University Regional Rail station. SEPTA will also be engaged to discuss the possibility of adding public transportation resources on game days and other strategies to decrease traffic.

That said, we continue to review the parking and traffic situation to provide the best recommendations for game days.

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What about tailgating?

Shifting festivities away from automobiles and onto Main Campus is a high priority. Game-day traditions—alumni tents, social activities for families, the team fly-in, etc.—will be hosted in Main Campus celebration zones modeled on similar car-free tailgates that operate successfully at other universities. The goal is to build a spirit of pride and to give alumni another reason to see the amazing transformation happening at Temple.

As is current practice, Temple will not tolerate disturbances in local neighborhoods, and security presence in areas around campus would be heightened on game days.

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Will the community have access to the stadium?

Just as the Liacouras Center and the Temple Performing Arts Center host athletic events and high school graduations each year, the new football stadium would be able to host Philadelphia’s flagship high-school football games and tournaments, providing a state-of-the-art environment in which to play.

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A group of students and residents called the Stadium Stompers opposes the project. Has the university talked with this group?

Chancellor Richard M. Englert personally met with the leaders of the group and heard their concerns during the summer of 2017.

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