Big East Expansion: PPL Park Going To 30K, Villanova All Set?

CHESTER, PA - JUNE 27: A general view of PPL Park is seen as the Philadelphia Union play the Seattle Sounders FC at the PPL Park stadium opener on June 27, 2010 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Villanova wants to play Big East football.

The Big East wants Villanova (we think) but only if they have enough seats to fit Rutgers fans comfortably.

For many reasons, the only viable option is PPL Park, home of the MLS' union.

PPL Park has a capacity less than that of FCS school Portland State's stadium.

The Big East was less than thrilled.

PPL Park needs to expand.

PPL Park has announced that they are expanded.

Union officials are envisioning a three-phase process that would bring the seating capacity of the stadium up to 30,000, coincidentally the numbers that Villanova has been pushing for all along. The first phase would bring seating from 18,500 to 20,000, the second phase to 27,000, and the third phase to 30,000. If plans continue to move forward, construction could start in 2014.

So...is Villanova in now?

Maybe. Maybe not.

The construction would coincide with Villanova's entry into the conference. If they could at least get up to 20K by 2015, then Nova would at least enter the Big East with a little something to work with and plans for even more.

Then again, we're still only maxing out at 30K which would still be the smallest Big East stadium (and one of the smallest FBS stadiums) by a substantial margin. Looking ahead 10-15 years in the future, is that good enough? And if not, what does Villanova have planned for that day?

It's a fix but the question remains whether or not its enough of a fix for the Big East to shake hands and move forward.

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