Temple Ready To Submit Proposals To City For On-Campus FB Stadium
Temple said that it will "file a project submission to the City Planning Commission of Philadelphia as it seeks approvals" for a proposal to build an on-campus football stadium, according to Marc Narducci of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. A Temple official said that the measure "must go through the City Planning Commission, the zoning board and then Philadelphia City Council." Temple President Richard Englert "estimated the entire process could take five months." This has been a "deliberate process for Temple," one that began in February '16. Beside the 35,000-seat stadium, the proposed site has "space for retail locations." The estimated cost of the stadium is $130M, and Englert said that he is "pleased by the response of potential donors." Temple's lease at Lincoln Financial Field expired after the '17 season, but the university "exercised two one-year options, enabling the team to play there" through the '19 season. Englert said that he is "confident that Temple could have its stadium built" by the '20 season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/19).
TALKIN' 'BOUT PRACTICE: The Univ. of Memphis announced that the first phase of its indoor football practice facility is "expected to be completed" in spring '19. But the start date for construction on the actual facility is "still to be determined." The first phase of the project "includes new offices for the football program's coaches and staff in addition to new training rooms, recruiting rooms and meeting spaces, among other enhancements." The school said that it "aims to submit a proposal for the second phase ... in the coming weeks" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 1/19).