The Sixers are Building a New Facility in Wilmington

Photo Credit: Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment

Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment is on a tear. These guys are not messing around.

Next up for the HBSE empire is the “76ers Fieldhouse,” a 140,000 square foot Wilmington facility that will host the G-League squad beginning in 2018-2019.

From the release:

Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, 76ers Fieldhouse will serve as home to the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA G League affiliate team beginning with the 2018-19 season. The 76ers NBA G League affiliate team – which will be rebranded next year, pending league approval – will play its home games at 76ers Fieldhouse, configured to host approximately 2,500 fans per game.

Boasting three full-size professional basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a world-class sports performance and athletic training area, as well as retail and office space, this dynamic new facility will also serve as a beacon for youth sports in Delaware.

The facility will be privately funded and host programs for underserved youth in the region. That matches the Sixers’ efforts in Camden, where the new practice facility was recently built.

This complex will be located on a nine-acre piece of land off Garasches Lane and Route 13, near Eden Park:

Interestingly enough, the the facility will be developed by Chris Buccini, Rob Buccini, and David Pollin of the Buccini/Pollin Group, who also developed PPL Park back in 2010. The trio are now Philadelphia Union board members, simply for the fact that they owned the land that the stadium was built on… I think. They may have invested some cash as well. Honestly, I’m kind of rusty since leaving the Union beat, but BPG owns a ton of random land in Delaware and New Castle Counties. I don’t know if they specifically own this piece of property in Wilmington, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.

Since day one, they’ve been listed right underneath chairman Jay Sugarman on the Union ownership hierarchy:

I wouldn’t mind Josh Harris and David Blitzer ditching Crystal Palace to invest in your team, your town, your Philadelphia Union. It makes way too much sense, but that’s another story for another time.

If this new building is anything like the facility over in Camden, expect it to be fantastic. It will probably have a very “Silicon Valley” vibe to it. From the rendering included in the press release, it looks like it will have a similar design:

The Sixers will secure a facility naming rights partner.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the first quarter of 2018 to go along with a season ticket campaign for the soon-to-be rebranded G-League squad.

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15 Responses

    1. agree, unfortunately on the wrong side of the river, completely desolate place. Would have been a great addition next to the blue rocks stadium and somewhat thriving “riverfront”, but I suppose not enough room there. It will at least be close to haks “sports bar” for pre and post game for the players.

      1. yea, that park is a mess. I think the youth soccer complex is way further down in the middle of nowhere

        but, to be fair, it’s not like there’s anything around the Camden facility either, not much anyway

  1. Next comes the “Spirit of 76” Arena, which will be Sixers’ exclusive home, leaving WFC to Flyers. You’ll see events you will not see at WFC or Convention Center. Also includes Franklin’s Day Care for Kids, Daddy’s Adult Day Care, Irv Kosloff Charter School, Dr. Bressler’s Cavity Busters, A.I.’s Bubba Chuck Cafe, Club Spectacor, the Sixers’ Store, Ben Simmons’ Aussie Cuisine, Sixers Camps, Sixer Hall of Fame, Suxers Wall of Shame featuring Andrew Bynum, Don De Jardin and others, and the Spirit of the 76ers History ride. Will be a boon for Camden. Trust the Process, this will eventually happen.

  2. The BDawk thing was before the internet and social media. It was a one time thing, and yes it was to completion.

  3. The inevitable, “well we need a new facility and we don’t get it we will have to explore options” extortion is probably close at hand given the Center is now 21 years old. Then, Harris can have the public pay for his arena while he buys an Australian Rubgy team. Give Snider credit. He didn’t use public money. Of course, he got all the parking rev which made him a lot more in the long run.

  4. They will use it against Bdawk to keep him out of the hall. I can just see the articles coming now from journos with 5th hand knowledge.

    1. What, exactly is Brian Dawkins guilty of?

      Are the rumors of him giving bj`s to teammates(while at Clemson ( really true?

      Inquiring minds, want to know!

      1. Yes, the bj allegations are true, it gets complicated tho, bc it was by accident

        1. I heard his wang accidentally fell in Bo Jacksons butthole a couple dozen times in1986 too. Total ball hound if you get what I’m sayin

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