Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Temple to renovate football complex

Temple is making it more enticing for football recruits to come to North Broad Street.

Temple to renovate football complex

Quarterback Mike Gerardi looks to hand off the ball in a scrimmage at Temple´s practice facility. (David Swanson/ Staff Photographer)
Quarterback Mike Gerardi looks to hand off the ball in a scrimmage at Temple's practice facility. (David Swanson/ Staff Photographer)

Temple is making it more enticing for football recruits to come to North Broad Street.

The Owls are coming off consecutive winning seasons, including a bowl appearance in 2009. They hired a coaching staff that helped Florida win two BCS national championships.  And now, they are planning to expand and make renovations to Edberg-Olson Hall, the team’s practice facility.

Sources close to the situation said the upgrades will cost around $8-9 million. Sources added that construction could begin as early as September.  Temple wants to raise $2 million of private money by the end of this month to get things started.

“The weight room is going from to 2,500 square feet to 10,000,” a source said. “The training room is going to quadruple with state-of-the-art rehab equipment for the players.  They are putting in a new academic center upstairs and a whole new team room upstairs for recruiting, team functions and alumni functions.”

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The Owls will also have a practice bubble over their practice field from December to March. The sources added that Temple will expand the complex.

-  Keith Pompey

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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