Sixers to build state-of-the art facility in Wilmington for 87ers
The Philadelphia 76ers and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment announced plans to build a state-of-the art 140,000 square foot facility in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday morning. The facility will be called the 76ers Fieldhouse and will serve as the home of the Sixers' G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, beginning in the 2018-19 season. The 87ers, pending league approval, will be rebranded prior to next season and the facility will seat approximately 2,500 people. The multi-purpose complex will have three full-sized basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a world-class sports performance and athletic training center along with retail and office space.
“The Philadelphia 76ers are truly the Delaware Valley’s team, and we’re fortunate to have an incredible fanbase across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware," said Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations. "We are thrilled to partner with BPG on 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware to serve as home to both our NBA G League team and hundreds of youth teams and athletes each year. We’ve set out to create a facility in a city on the rise like Wilmington for our NBA G League team that furthers the 76ers’ commitment to being leaders in sports performance and athlete care."
In the press release, the facility is also described as a "beacon for youth sports in Delaware" as there are already plans to host a plethora of youth leagues, including basketball (AAU, high school, travel teams), volleyball and soccer.
The facility is set to break ground in the first quarter of 2018 and open during the fourth quarter.
Brandon Apter is a contributor to 97.3 ESPN and managing editor at SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @bapter23.