Time is running out on Temple’s extended lease with the Eagles to play at Lincoln Financial Field, and its plan for an on-campus stadium has been delayed, forcing Temple to seek another extension with the Eagles.
The Temple News spoke with Vice President for Public Affairs Bill Bergman and City Council President and 5th District Councilman Darrell Clarke, whose district encompasses Main Campus, about the status of the stadium project, Temple’s community relations and the next steps for the university and the city.
A team of people from the university will be in talks with the Eagles about a potential lease extension by the end of this year, Bergman said. This was echoed by Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor and incoming chair Mitchell Morgan, in interviews with The Temple News last week.
The university already added contract extensions so the Owls could play their home games at the Linc during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Its 15-year lease with the Eagles was set to expire in 2017.
The 35,000-seat, proposed on-campus stadium is projected to cost $130 million and take 20 months to two years to complete, university officials told The Temple News in March. The university expected to have the proposal filed with the City Planning Commission this past June so it could begin construction on the multipurpose facility, but it missed its self-imposed deadline this summer while it continued to work on winning over community residents: