According to reports, Temple University has chosen two architects to design its 35,000-seat football stadium and adjacent practice facility.
Sports Business Journal reports that Temple has hired AECOM and Moody Nolan for the project. In February the board approved a $1 million design study for the proposed $126 million stadium.
The article interviewed Steve Terrill and Brian Pounds, two architects with AECOM who confirmed their involvement in the Temple project. Curbed Philly reached out to Temple University for further confirmation.
AECOM designed Florida Atlantic University's stadium in 2012. SBJ points out that Temple's Craig Angelos, deputy director of athletics, oversaw that construction at the time. At 29,419 seats, it's slightly smaller than Temple's proposed 35,000-seat stadium.
Despite the project's progress, the stadium still lacks some support from some students, residents, even Mayor Jim Kenney, who has criticized the Eagles for charging Temple $1 million a year to lease their stadium.
Supporters of the project and Temple University's board and president say that the stadium will help revitalize North Broad Street. About $300 million will go toward those efforts.
Update 3/28, 2:30 p.m.: A press release received from Temple University confirms that Moody Nolan will lead the design efforts with AECOM. Langan, a civil engineering and landscape firm is also on board. Moody Nolan has already met with community members to discuss the design. Temple's president Neil D. Theobald says, "“Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist. We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.”