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Phils make pitch to aid Owls

Their World Series trophywill be in attendance before the start of Saturday's Temple football game.

Phils make pitch to aid Owls

Temple already has run a couple of promotions this year trying to get out the crowd for its football games. Now it’s attempting something else this weekend to stir attention for its 1 p.m. game against Western Michigan .


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As part of the activities surrounding the event, the Phillies will put their World Series trophy on display. Before the game, fans will have a chance to take pictures of the trophy, which will be put on display in the Headhouse Plaza . The Phanatic also is scheduled to stop by.



Larry Dougherty, director of sports media relations, said this morning that he’s not surprised the Philllies are helping out. The Philly pro teams, he said, are good in tems of working with the colleges and developing cross promotions. And Temple, for one, has made use of other opportunities. Earlier this season, for instance, Temple discounted admission to its early afternoon football game for anyone holding tickets to the Phillies-Marlins game that was scheduled to be played late that afternoon at Citizens Bank Park .



While attendance has gone up on average since the school moved its games ot Lincoln Financial Field, the challenge of luring more fans to Temple home games remains. Dougherty admitted as much. In some ways similar to the Sixers, the school needs a competitive team and a complement of promotions to put people in the seats.



The Owls are averaging around 18,000 through three home dates this season, Two games remain, this Saturday and then next Friday afternoon (also Black Friday) against Akron.



In addition to this arrangement with the Phillies, the Owls are running several other promotions. Called “Take a Kid to the Game,” any adult who purchases a regularly priced adult ticket may purchase one kid’s ticket for just $5.




And any fan who brings along a canned food item, which will benefit local homeless shelters, will be able to purchase a game ticket for just $5.







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