Kenney ‘neutral’ on building Temple football stadium

Temple's P.J. Walker

Temple's P.J. Walker

Philadelphia’s Mayor says he is taking a “wait and see” attitude toward Temple University building its own football stadium in North Philadelphia. 

Kenney says he knows some residents around Temple strongly oppose building the stadium.

“What we need to do is that we need to make sure the community once we correct some of the issues they have been dealing with for a number of years,” he said.

The mayor says student housing in the community has had a negative impact on residents and once those issues are addressed, there needs to be more conversation about the stadium.

“I’m neutral at this point, but temple has to make their case to the community and the district councilman who is also the council president and we’ll see how it goes,” he said.

Kenney had previously expressed doubts about the project, saying Temple should just get a better deal renting out the Eagle’s stadium in South Philly. 

He also says since the proposed stadium is in the district of City Council President Darrell Clarke, he will have a lot to say about the project.

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