By Lewis Gould
The president of the Philly NAACP has suggested Rittenhouse Square as a better location for the proposed Temple University stadium rather than North Philadelphia.
“We cannot afford to have this stadium in North Philadelphia and so we’re calling on the president of Temple University to consider right here in Rittenhouse Square,” Rodney Muhammad during a press conference at the park in Center City yesterday.
The university has announced its intention to build a 35,000 seat stadium in the northwest corner of its campus, and there has been strong pushback from residents in North Philly.
“The economic impact would be favorable for this area. It’s already a bustling business district. We don’t see that a stadium would greatly alter the character of the neighborhood where we’re standing right now,” Muhammad said. “Temple has a campus presence in Center City and there’s no reason why this should not be on the list of consideration,” Muhammad said.
The proposed location for Temple’s football stadium is 16th and Norris streets, and Muhammad says that area cannot afford to have an estimated $130-million stadium build into it. Instead, the Rittenhouse Square area would be a better fit, he says.
“Nothing can be worked out in North-Central Philadelphia where residents are already there where it would further disrupt the community from Temple’s expansionist policies that have already taken place,” Muhammad said.