Facing opposition, Temple stadium plans are stalling

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Posted: Sep 02, 2016 2:46 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As Temple University kicks off its football season, the school's drive for a new stadium appears to be stalling.

The proposal for a 35,000-seat on-campus facility faces intense community opposition and skeptical lawmakers. City officials say they haven't introduced any legislation and the school lacks a clear timeline to bring a proposal to the table.

Residents in the university's North Philadelphia neighborhood worry about potential traffic, parking shortages and drunk tailgaters.

Supporters — including some students and staff — say the facility will save Temple money, bring jobs and make it a tighter-knit community.

Administrators announced the stadium plans in February following a historic season on the gridiron. The Owls currently lease the Philadelphia Eagles' field for home games, and open their season Friday against Army.