Temple Will Allow City Officials to Use Liacouras Center for Hospital Overflow

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Great idea.

This comes via a press conference Mayor Kenney is holding right now:


This doesn’t mean anything right now, but it’s an agreement between Temple and the city to use the arena if necessary. Theoretically, you could do something similar with La Salle (Gola Arena), Penn (The Palestra), Drexel (the DAC), or St. Joe’s (Hagan), even though those are smaller arenas. If the Wells Fargo Center is still shut down, you might as well get Comcast on the phone and talk about using that jawn, too. There are a bunch of concert halls that could serve as overflow COVID-19 centers as well.

The Inquirer is also reporting, via Anna Orso and Laura McCrystal, that the convention center could also be in play:

John McNichol, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, said they continue to have conversations with the city regarding the use of the space, but no decisions have been made.

“Our focus is on getting back to business as soon as possible so we can save jobs,” he said.

In terms of being used as a hospital overflow space, McNichol said: “We’re trying to be as nimble as possible. Right now there’s no plan to use the Convention Center for that purpose.”

At least these discussions are taking place. Maybe Hahnemann comes back into play as well. Who knows.


4 Responses

  1. Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib fight will take place on April 18, at the Mexico City Arena! Huge news today. The arena can hold 25,000 for boxing/mma. They are telling me social distancing will play a huge roll in crowd management. Most likely 5,000 fans will attend, will be seated apart, will have temperatures taken prior to entry. Big advantage for El Cucuy.

  2. this is fantastic news and good on Temple U! only thing is, none of the city hospitals are crowded let alone over crowded

  3. wait 5 days.
    millenials are so stupid they will cause that total to rise.
    stupd fucking pricks.

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