Next month Villanova is expected to make a decision on whether or not they will accept a standing invitation to join the Big East in football. On Friday a survey was e-mailed to a number of people in the Villanova community and surrounding region to gauge what kind of interest there is in Villanova football and what kind of prices fans would consider paying for in the event Villanova made a move from FCS to FBS football.
It should be noted that the survey is being conducted through an independent outlet and not by Villanova University but there was a somewhat newsworthy nugget released in the survey, which was obtained by glowbass.com. If Villanova does make the move to the FBS the survey confirms that home games for the Wildcats would not be played at Villanova Stadium on campus but at PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
“Additionally, if Villanova were to move to Division 1-A, the school’s football team would begin playing its home games at PPL Park in Chester, PA, located fifteen (15) miles from Villanova’s campus,” the survey reads. The first question asked after presented with that information is whether or not the fact that Villanova would be playing in the Big East would affect the interest level in Villanova’s football program.
PPL Park had long been considered the leading candidate for a home stadium for Villanova because Villanova’s own home stadium would not be able to meet the requirements to field a Division 1-A football program and there is little that can be done to upgrade it adequately given its location and surroundings. Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles also serves as the home of the Temple Owls. Playing the home of a third team would be impossible unless the stadium converted to an artificial turf, which is not likely.
Citizens Bank Park, home of baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies, had been talked about as an option as well but PPL Park always seemed to be the most likely destination.
Other questions on the survey asked for those polled to indicate what kind of ticket prices they would be willing to pay for 50-yard line tickets and end zone tickets for different scenarios including Big East conference games against Pittsburgh and non-conference games against Maryland and North Carolina.
Villanova will meet next month to come to decision on what the future of the program will be. This survey should not indicate that a final decision has been made. The information gained from this survey will help the school have a better feel for what they can and cannot do moving forward.
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