Temple postpones plans to study building football stadium


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University is pumping the brakes on plans to study building a $100 million football stadium on its north Philadelphia campus.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1NaW0Vw ) the move came Tuesday following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney.

Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O'Connor said university officials will meet with Kenney soon to discuss the university's interest in building a 35,000-seat stadium. O'Connor made the announcement at a trustees meeting as about 50 students, faculty and community members protested against spending money on the stadium.

A spokeswoman for Kenney says the mayor-elect wants to know more about how the university would lessen its impact on the neighborhood on gameday.

The Owls play at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. The university's current lease expires on the stadium in 2017.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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