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What’s going on with Temple’s football stadium plans?

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The feasibility study should have been finished by now

The site of the proposed Temple University football stadium.
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It’s been more than a year since Temple University began a $1.25 million feasibility study for its proposed football stadium, but yesterday a report revealed that the analysis had been put on hold for awhile now.

Temple News first reported that the university and architecture firm Moody Nolan haven’t worked on the study for months.

But a Temple spokeperson later told the Philadelphia Inquirer that those reports were false, and that there has been “no change in status.”

In both reports, Temple confirmed that the university is focusing on its community outreach efforts to try to ensure that the neighborhood is on board with the $130 million football stadium.

Plans for the 35,000-seat stadium first emerged last year and drew sharp criticism from both students and neighborhood residents. Despite the opposition, Temple’s Board of Trustees approved the $1.25 million feasibility study in February. A month later, the university announced it had hired AECOM and Moody Nolan to design the campus stadium.

The university’s football team currently leases the Eagles stadium in South Philly for $1 million annually. By the sounds of it, it looks like Temple’s home turf won’t change any time soon.