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Photo: Take a Look at Temple Football’s New Indoor Practice Facility

Jul 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT


If you’re a Temple grad, and currently thinking to yourself — “Where the hell did they build this thing on top of every other thing they’re building down there!??!” — you’re looking at the old student recreation pavilion at Broad & Berks, where you used to play intramural ball. It’s Temple’s new indoor practice facility for football.

News of the project broke in late May and comes less than two years after Temple already invested $10 million in renovating and expanding its primary football facility at 10th & Diamond.

Some details from the Temple News:

James Creedon, the senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said a turf field will be added to the Pavilion by the beginning of August.

“It’s not even going to be a full field,” Creedon said. “It’ll be marked off for drilling. There will be a red zone area. Areas to practice both offense and defense. There’s some videotaping abilities and that’s really about it.”

The plan originated in a conversation between Creedon, football coach Matt Rhule and interim athletic director Kevin Clark. Creedon said they faced financial and logistical problems with constructing a new building.

“We thought, ‘Are there any other options that might be out there?’” Creedon said. “We started talking about the Student Pavilion, and thought that there might be some lower cost, cost-effective options that would achieve the same result with the Pavilion.”

You may remember this specific location as the proposed spot for a new library, but Temple’s new president, Neil Theobald, wanted to keep the academic buildings together on the east side of Broad St. Those plans are still in the works.

The rec courts, by the way, have been moved next to the basketball team’s own practice facility on the third floor of the new Pearson/McGonigle Hall expansion. They’re pretty nice.

photos via 20/20 Visual Media.

  1. TartanSixNine - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I always thought it was a little embarrassing to have a D1 practice facility jammed up against SEPTA tracks. How do you show that off to recruits? This is quite a bit better.

    • Enriquillo - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Actually, the outdoor practice facility is still jammed up against the SEPTA tracks. However, it’s quite impressive. This article is about a relatively small indoor facility that will be used during inclement weather.

  2. John Galt - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    As a college student myself I hate the rising tuition, but DI BBall and Football programs that are successful = $$$ for the university to improve other aspects of the university. Temple should act in its own rational self-interest by choosing how to spend it’s money

    • Blaise - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      This is a common misconception. Studying sport management at Temple, we have seen that Temple’s athletics actually operate about $20 million in the red per year. Only about 10-15 schools make money off of their athletics, those being the powerhouse schools in the SEC, etc.

  3. CherryandWhiteNation - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    ABOUT TIME!!!!! Go get ‘em Owls. We are taking the needed steps to become a football powerhouse. A few more key recruits and look out!

  4. da ghetto - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I do not see the gun ports , assume that they will add police booths in the near future.

    I still cannot believe any level headed person with subject themselves to such a neighborhood , eventually temple will be forced to move into a better neighborhood somewhere anywhere, most parts of Detroit would be an upgrade.

    • Nick Menta - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      ….you’ve never been on campus, have you?

      • Enriquillo - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Somebody is still living in 1970.

        The Temple campus is impressive and isn’t relocating anywhere. Urban universities are hot right now due to more sophisticated social offerings and better access to centers of technology and employment.

      • da ghetto - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        WOW – sorry to talk down to a few of you, I guess that everything is relevant. Never guessed that people who think Broad St in North Philly is a great neighborhood, had the ability to read my comments, or I guess had someone else read them to you.
        BTW I guess you are all from either the projects, Camden or Detroit.

        Remember our local universities have a gentlemens agreement with the local media to not use local Universities name’s while reporting violent crime. They just report another death in North Philly.

        Don’t believe the Temple lie of were rebuilding and renovating and moving the section 8 and welfare into free houses in NE Philly. That area sucks !!!! Don’t believe me check the crime stats on zip 19122 !!

      • da ghetto - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I may be living in 1970, but it seems that some of you are living in 13 yes 1913 – when hard working law-abiding people were living in that area…

  5. cb - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    “I still cannot believe any level headed person with subject themselves”

    With subject themselves? You mean, “any level headed person would subject themselves.”

    If you’re going to insult our school the least you can do is use proper grammar.

  6. D - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I used to shoot basketballs there between classes. Nice work Temple.

  7. Mike Gibson - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    is that the only photo or are there any others?


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