Owls Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Stan Drayton

Team Mascot: Hooter T. Owl, Stella (live mascot)

Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 68532

City / State: Philadelphia / Pennsylvania

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Mayor's Cup

Rival Team: Villanova Wildcats

The rivalry between Philadelphia Big 5 members Temple and Villanova spill over onto the gridiron as these two Philadelphia schools play for the Mayor’s Cup when they meet. The rivalry is currently tied at 15-15-2, but the Owls have won the last three meetings between these fierce rivals.

Temple vs Penn State

Rival Team: Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions have a lot of alumni all throughout Pennsylvania, so there is always a large crowd when Penn State comes to The Linc to take on the Owls. If you want to be part of one of the biggest and best crowds at a Temple football game, then make sure to get tickets when Penn State is in town.

Owls Tailgate Guide


The tailgating scene at Temple has seen a major uptick in recent years as the Owls have become much more competitive recently. What once was a few Owls fans in barren parking lots surrounding the Vet has now been transformed into a thriving tailgate atmosphere that is one of the best in all of college football in the North East.

On game days you’ll find Temple fans all throughout the parking lots surrounding The Linc. You’ll see tons of people sporting the cherry and white of Temple as they prepare to enter The Linc and cheer on the Owls to victory. The sea of tents and grills will make you feel like you’re tailgating at an Eagles game only on a slightly smaller scale.

The student tailgates at Temple are also thriving. You’ll see tons of students  partying hard before they enter the stadium to cheer on the Owls as they look to rack up another victory in their quest to win The American. There is plenty of beer pong to be played, keg stands to take part in, and beers to shotgun so don’t be afraid to join in.


South Philadelphia Sports Complex

Lincoln Financial Field is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is the hub of all the sports action in Philadelphia. Here you’ll find Citizens Bank Park, Wells Fargo Center, and the Xfinity Live! Center in addition to The Linc. If you come early in the season, you may even be able to catch an Owls game at Lincoln Financial Field in the afternoon and a Phillies game at night.

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Tailgate Village

Tailgate Village in Lot K has a lot to offer fans as here you’ll find a wide variety of activities and events to take part in. You’ll be able to play games, enjoy live music, and also enjoy a wide array of tailgate treats. Best yet you’ll have the chance to win some great giveaways, so make sure to stop by.

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Xfinity Live!

Located inside the South Philly Sports Complex, this large entertainment venue offers a great place to hang out before the game. You’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants in this complex, so stop by to grab a drink or bite to eat.

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Headhouse Plaza

Headhouse Plaza inside the north gates of Lincoln Financial Field offers a great pregame destination as here you’ll find food trucks, giant video screens, food trucks, and sorts of entertainment.

Where to tailgate

Owls Stadium Guide

In Game

Temple plays their home football games at Lincoln Financial Field, which means that a Temple game is an excellent opportunity to take in a game at one of the finest NFL stadiums. A Temple game offers all the amenities of attending an NFL game for a fraction of the cost, so you’ll have a great time watching one of the best teams in the American Athletic Conference

The recent improvement of Temple on the field means that more and more Owls fans are coming out to support the team The atmosphere inside The Linc for Owls games has improved dramatically over the last few seasons, so get out and support the team. Fans are particularly loud and rambunctious when high-profile opponents like Penn State 

You’ll also find that Owls fans are diehards who know a great deal about not only the game itself but also the history of the Temple program. These diehards make attending an Owls game great as there is a strong sense of camaraderie between them and they show great pride in their team win or lose.

Things to check out

Miller Lite Phlite Deck

The Miller Lite Phlite Deck provides a one of a kind gameday experience perfect for those of you who like to party hard throughout the game. You’ll find plenty to drink at the Phlite Deck, and you’ll also be able to meet Miller Lite Girls.

Eagles Pro Shop

If you’re looking to pick up a souvenir of your trip to Philly then there is no better place to do so then the Pro Shop inside Lincoln Financial Field. The Pro Shop has pretty much any Eagles gear you could ever want meaning no matter what you’re looking for you’ll most likely find it here.

Hooter T. Owl

Hooter is the official mascot of the Temple Owls and can be found on the sidelines cheering on the team at every Temple home game. He always puts on a great show that revs up the crowd, so keep your eyes peeled for him at the next Temple game you attend.

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Temple Band

The Temple band puts on a great show before and during the game as both their pregame and halftime shows are well worth watching. You’ll have a great time watching the band perform fan favorites like “T” for Temple “U” and much more.

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Fight Songs

  1. "T" For Temple "U"

    The official Temple fight song

    “T” for Temple “U”
    Fight, fight, fight!
    For the Cherry and the White,
    For the Cherry and the White,
    We’ll fight, fight, fight!

  2. Alma Mater

    Onward with Temple, Banners all unfurled; Wide flung our standards,
    To the winds they’re hurdled.
    Following our Founder
    To immortal Fame; Making true his vision,
    Of a deathless name. Hail! Alma Mater, Honor, praise to Thee; We pledge our lives, Our hearts in loyalty. Wisdom, Truth and Virtue
    Built our Temple great;
    Perseverance conquers;
    Higher to create.

Owls Bars & Restaurants

  1. Victory Beer Hall

    Victory beer

    Victory Beer Hall is an unrivaled social experience, featuring elongated, beer hall style tables, a stage and a 2,000 square-foot patio complete with a panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline.

    1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. PBR Bar & Grill

    PBR bar and Grill

    A Coors Banquet Bar. Country cool meets urban chic country bar located at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia.

    1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  3. Philadium Restaurant & Tavern

    The Philadium Tavern

    Philadium Restaurant & Tavern is a great place to chill before or after a Philadelphia sporting event!

    1631 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  4. Chickie’s & Pete’s

    Chickies and Petes fries

    The Chickie’s & Pete’s was voted ESPN’s #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast.

    1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  5. XFINITY Live! Philadelphia


    XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is a dining and entertainment district centered in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

    1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  6. Tony Luke’s

    Tony Lukes sandwich

    More than just your typical Philadelphia cheesesteak joint, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly sandwich experience with specialty favorites like the roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet.

    39 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Maglio Sausage

    Magio Sausage

    Maglio Sausage Company is a family owned and operated enterprise, which has manufactured high quality Italian Sausage items since its origination in Philadelphia in the mid 1940s.

    3632 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $

  8. Oregon Steaks

    Oregon Steaks sandwich

    See it for yourself. Anytime you're in South Philly, Oregon steaks is the way to go!

    2654 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Termini Bros. Bakery

    Termini Bros

    Termini Bros Bakery is more than just a pastry shop, it is a Philadelphia landmark.

    1538 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  10. Penrose Diner

    Penrose Diner

    Our food is the real deal. We make our menu fresh, from scratch, and we source local ingredients whenever we can.

    2016 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Popi’s Italian Restaurant

    Popis Restraurant

    Popi's combines international cuisine in a local, friendly atmosphere and promises to appeal to all tastes.

    3120 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  12. Stadium Grille

    Stadium Grille

    Eat-in or Take out-Across from Lincoln Financial Field!

    700 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $

  13. Celebre’s Pizzeria

    Celebres Pizzeria

    Enjoy the taste of Italy right here in Pennsylvania. You can try a variety of authentic Italian dishes from pizzas and Strombolis to sandwiches and hoagies.

    1536 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $