Eagles, Owls settle stadium flap

Updated: August 13, 2003, 8:02 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University reached an agreement Wednesday for the Owls to play football at the new Lincoln Financial Field, finally giving the Owls a stadium less than four weeks before their home opener.

Alumni and students rallied Wednesday and state officials urged the Eagles and Owls to settle the flap, which left Temple unable to promote its Sept. 6 home opener against Villanova or other home games, not knowing where they would be played.

"This is exciting news for Temple football and for the chance we have in Division 1-A," Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. "It's terrific news for Philadelphia and all those people who would love to have an opportunity to see Lincoln Financial Field."

The Eagles open their season in the new $520 million stadium Sept. 8 after playing for more than 30 years at Veterans Stadium. The Vet, where Temple has played most of its home games, is slated for demolition.

Gov. Ed Rendell and state House Speaker John Perzel, R-Philadelphia, had written Eagles president Joe Banner to urge him to find a compromise, saying they understood that the university was unable to make a $15 million upfront payment to lease the stadium and that Temple proposed instead to pay $3 million a year for five years.

The Eagles and the university declined to comment on terms of the agreement reached Wednesday.

Complicating negotiations was the uncertain future of Temple's football program, which has been voted out of the Big East after 2004.

Adding to possible scheduling tangles, the Eagles also have been negotiating with Major League Soccer about bringing a franchise to Philadelphia that would play at the stadium.

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