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Photos: The giant owl eyes now painted on the Liacouras Center wall are pretty menacing

Dec 5, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

A few days back, Temple started teasing that it had something planned in the way of a new paint job for the Liacouras Center.

They revealed the makeover last night, featuring a massive set of owl eyes painted on what used to be the plain gray wall behind the student section.

Given how dark it is, and the lighting in the building, it’s actually hard to get a real good look at it unless you’re there in person. But these  shots aren’t bad:

I’m actually more partial to the “][“s painted on the corner. The cherry pops.

One downside to the whole thing is that the NCAA banners that used to hang above the student section have been moved way up into the corner rafters and now partially blocked by speakers.

Need to move those somewhere better.

On the plus side: Temple continuing to update the Apollo. The building, opened in 1997, finally got a real scoreboard last season that plays video. The electronic ticker that wraps around the building was also a nice touch.

Speaking of owls, they’ve moved Stella — Temple’s new live mascot — atop the student section during games. Here she is chillin’ in the concourse pregame:

As for any of the basketball you might have missed, Temple upended St. Joe’s, 77-69.

All your postgame reading right here:

>>>Instant Replay: Temple 77, St. Joe’s 69
>>>Lee’s key rebound ices Temple’s win over St. Joe’s
>>>Turnovers leave Martelli scratching his head

  1. Kyle - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I just wish they could make the color of the eyes light up so when the building is dark during introductions, they really pop.

    • Jon - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      That is actually an excellent idea.

    • BenE. - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Definitely a great idea.

  2. 33 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I could be wrong, correct me if I am…

    But I believe the Hawk is dead.

    • TS - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      You are correct, my friend.

  3. BenE. - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    “The cherry pops”

    Please tell me that was on purpose.

  4. Jay Wright - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Know what’s more menacing? Villanova. Not that The700Level has acknowledged it.

    • Nick Menta - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Because if we don’t mention it, it didn’t happen.

    • BenE. - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      If they were a Philly team, they might get mentioned.

    • 33 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I bet if you asked really nicely, they’d let you blog about Nova.

  5. willh888 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    ah, now i see the need to cut 7 collegiate programs. Wall to wall owl faces.

  6. Ken - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM
  7. White Catholic NE Philly Alumni - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    (insert typical Penn State comment)


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