Most likely the worst design of any new school soccer stadium I’ve ever seen so perhaps no stadium now is an effective factor.

Whereas engaged on portray a wall at a Senior Middle for my in-service day on the MLK Vacation just a few days in the past, I considered maybe essentially the most outstanding speech of my lifetime.

That wasn’t Martin Luther King’s extra well-known “I’ve a Dream Speech” on the Washington Monument however the speech he made earlier than he died, the “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech in April of 1968.

In that one, MLK mentioned, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop however I won’t get there with you” virtually foretelling his assassination only some hours away.

Whereas I haven’t been to the Temple Soccer Mountaintop, I can solely guess what it might be. I did consider how this associated to Temple whereas splashing some crimson paint on the SC middle in Northeast Philadelphia on Monday. (Shut sufficient to Cherry.)

I haven’t been to the Mountaintop however I do know the brand new Temple Stadium in all probability gained’t occur in my lifetime however I believe it’s going to properly inside the subsequent 50 years and that’s shut sufficient.

Little question in my thoughts these guys will see a brand new stadium as alums.

The rationale I had that imaginative and prescient is nowhere close to as religious as MLK’s however based mostly on just a few info.

As an incoming pupil within the Nineteen Seventies, I used to be given a tour of Temple’s campus in an try and “recruit” me. (I had a full scholarship supply to Cabrini however selected Temple for sports activities and journalism.) The tour information mentioned the place we have been there was residential housing solely “20 years in the past.” Twenty years in the past would have been within the Fifties then and we have been what’s now in the midst of Temple’s campus-on Liacouras Stroll close to the Bell Tower.


In these 20 years, Temple facilitated the elimination of neighborhood individuals to construct the inside of the campus.

Whereas sitting in Temple’s presentation to the “present” neighbors about 5 years in the past in March, I got here to the conclusion that eradicating these neighbors by the pure course of issues would be the solely method Temple will ever have the ability to construct a stadium.

Like then, that takes time.

If these properties develop into so worthwhile that these as soon as poor neighbors develop into wealthy as soon as they transfer, capitalism will obtain the outcome no quantity of begging and cajoling politicians has now.

Not like my fellow Temple Stadium followers, that may be a good factor, not a foul one.

As soon as I noticed the unique plan for a Temple Stadium, I believed this was not more than a glorified Northeast Excessive College Subject. I imply, you employed an incredible architect and that was one of the best plan you might give you?

Why not make it seem like Boston School’s Alumni Subject or Georgia Tech’s area?

Placing it off will give Temple the time not solely to consolidate fifteenth and Norris into the “Inexperienced Zone” however construct a stadium that will give the Owls an actual home-field benefit.

We are able to solely hope.

The present administration has no abdomen to problem the neighbors on what I really feel is justified grounds. I imply, if Georgia Tech is allowed to construct a stadium within the middle of Atlanta and UAB within the middle of Birmingham why is it out of the query for Temple to do the identical in Philadelphia?

No logical motive apart from the corruption which is at the moment rampant within the nation’s fifth-largest metropolis.

The final Temple administration no less than tried. This one appears to have laid down and rolled over.

Possibly the subsequent one will outlast them.

That’s the Temple soccer mountaintop. It’s not sustainable to attempt to promote a product that at most 35K is concerned about in a 70K stadium. Thirty-five thousand in a 35,000-seat stadium makes much more sense.

That’s a dream, although.

I gained’t see it and lots of of you gained’t both.

Temple soccer will get to the Promised Land however plenty of us older guys could have to observe from above. Hopefully, the present Temple college students will see it by their late 40s and it gained’t be something just like the video on the high of this publish.

It will likely be one thing superb.

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