Stadium Talk

BRIC’s goal as an organization and movement has always been to deconstruct narratives taken at face-value so as a community we can understand the issues that affect us. There is danger in a single story, that is why our work is rooted in fostering a discourse where all community stakeholders are heard and have the ability to use their voice to create change.

The proposal and ongoing planning for an on-campus stadium has become a big subject of debate in Philadelphia. Since February 2016, we have explored why this is such a contested issue by examining the proposal, the reasons why a stadium is being considered, and what the North Philadelphia community has to say about the subject. We have additionally compiled data about on-campus stadiums throughout the country. The following is a report of what we found.

As a disclaimer, our bias comes from assessing the feasibility of this project with the pursuit of creating a unified community in mind. We invite you to engage in this discussion as a critical participant. You can email us at bric.community@gmail.com if you find anything we have not examined.

 

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Currently, the Owls play at the Lincoln Financial Field, paying the Eagles one million dollars per season in rent. The 15-year lease, which began in 2003, expired in 2017 consequently posing the opportunity to question how football intersects with the university, and what this means for all stakeholders of the North Philadelphia community.

With the expiration of the contract, the options on the table so far include:

  1. Renewing the lease

  2. Building our own stadium

Deciding which choice is best is where the conflict lies.

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JANUARY 18, 2018

Temple University announces it is taking the next step towards a multipurpose facility. 

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FEBRUARY 22,2017

A Temple official disputed a report by the Temple News that the school’s study of the feasibility of building an on-campus football stadium has been put on hold.

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FEBRUARY 21, 2017 

The university’s study into the feasibility of building an on-campus football stadium has been put on hold and administrators could not say when — or if — it would resume, The Temple News has learned.

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