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RE: Temple Stadium Town Hall March 6th
(03-07-2018 07:04 PM)Philly Brian Wrote:  The Town Hall did not go very well for Temple. At least half of the crowd were part of the anti Stadium Stompers group. The group had protestors both inside and outside the venue. They used bull horns and even had a car speaker system blasting anti stadium messages.
The TU president was interrupted several times and only made it about 10 min into his presentation. Folks did receive a printed brochure.
I would say the protestors did very well this week considering the fact that the media covered both the Temple Town Hall and there town hall. Lots of negativity in the press.
However Temple did get the message out to the press that they would be funding both a daycare center and a mental health center for the community. Additionally Temple will be providing funds for a local community rec center upgrade.
I can see Temple moving forward but not holding any large open meetings. Many small private meetings have been held with various community groups. I would cross the Stadium Stompers off of my list as a group that Temple can win over.
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RE: Temple Stadium Town Hall March 6th
My wife attended Norfolk State University back in the late 80s. I myself lived in that area for 4 years back then. We returned so that she could attend homecoming last Fall.
We ended up at the football game which was played in a stadium that had been built since my last time there. The stadium was built in 1998 for a cost of only $12 million. Around this time I recall Temple considering a campus stadium but the admin decided it was too much hassle considering that a new bball arena had just been built. By hassle I am referring to politics.
The stadium at NSU can hold 30k. It's mostly bleachers and a no frills stadium but it's a good facility for a 1AA school. They generally fill the stadium only once or twice a season. The tailgating was held at a special area that leads into the stadium. I suppose you could call it a Quad.
My impression is that this has been a great add for NSU. Tailgating was fun and the marching band was great. The game took a backseat to these activities.
NSU is in an inner city area only a few miles from downtown Norfolk.
This setup may not be that different from what Temple is looking at.
One thing that I did notice was that 30k seats is not a big stadium. I think that Temple fans and neighbors are going to be surprised at how compact our 35k seat stadium is going to be.
It will be no more of a distraction than the bball arena is. Time has shown that our bball arena has been a great addition to the campus and gets all of the credit for helping to spur area and campus development since it opened.
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