The Temple Owls could be moving away from Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Temple University has now named an architect for a new proposed football stadium.
The school has hired Moody Nolan, an architecture firm, to design a proposed on-campus football stadium. The proposed stadium is also expected to have a retail store constructed alongside it.
“Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said. “We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.”
Curtis J. Moody, who founded Moody Nolan, is the largest African-American architecture firm in the United States, according to Philadelphia Magazine, who broke the story. This company has also designed buildings for colleges, as well.
The firm is based in Columbus, Ohio, and Moody is a former basketball player at Ohio State in the 1970s. The firm recently designed a basketball arena and event center for DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., which is expected to open next year, the story said.
“We look forward to working together with Temple University and the surrounding community,” Moody said. “Creating a vibrant and cohesive streetscape experience that blends together the planned stadium, the significant retail components, the adjacent indoor recreation facility and various pedestrian plaza and green spaces will be a significant part of the evolution of the overall design strategy.”
Philadelphia Magazine is also reporting Moody Nolan will work with AECOM, a Philadelphia-based engineering firm, and Langan, a New Jersey-based civil engineering and landscape firm, for the project. The proposed stadium is expected to be around Broad St., Norris St., 16th St. and Montgomery Ave.,
This location, where the proposed stadium may go, will replace the current site of Temple’s recreation facilities.
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