The Liacouras Center to be Used as Surge Hospital

In an effort to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, Temple University is offering a hand to the City of Philadelphia. 

In an agreement reached between Temple and the city, the Liacouras Center may be used as a hospital space if the need arises. The Liacouras Center is usually home to Owls’ Men’s Basketball and other campus athletics and activities. 

City officials say that the Liacouras Center could potentially hold up to 250 patients with staffing and equipment coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The city is not paying for the usage of the Liacouras Center. University spokesperson Ray Betzner told Temple Update “Temple University has more than a century history of being on the front lines in the health care needs of the city’s residents. The City of Philadelphia is in a fight like no other against COVID-19 and this is Temple’s fight too.”

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney took to Twitter to say, “Big news for this Friday: Temple University has stepped up during this critical time. We reached an agreement to use The Liacouras Center and other Temple facilities as hospital space. #TempleMade #ThankYouPhilly”

The venue could start being transformed as soon as Monday, March 30.

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