A new multiuse sports facility that will house the Philadelphia 76ers' G-League affiliate is coming to Wilmington, Delaware.
Delaware Gov. John Carney, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and representatives from the Philadelphia 76ers and Buccini/Pollin Group announced the plans for 76ers Fieldhouse, to be built by BPG, at a press conference Wednesday.
The building will sit on an 8.9-acre parcel owned by Riverfront Development Corp. at the foot of the under-construction Christina River Bridge, which will connect both waterfronts in Wilmington when complete. BPG has retained Detroit-based Rossetti Architects, which specializes in arenas, to design the development. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the first quarter.
The 140K SF building will house a 2,500-seat arena for the next iteration of the Delaware 87ers, which will be rebranded next year pending G-League approval, in addition to fields, training and practice facilities for basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, football and other sports, to be primarily used by local youth sports programs. The centerpieces of the building will be its three professional-size basketball courts and two indoor turf soccer fields.
The building will also include retail and office space, with the latter being occupied by two sports medicine providers: TITUS, which specializes in training and nutrition for long-term recovery and physical development plans, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, which will install a sports medicine facility for children's orthopedics and physical therapy.
Two organizations that will be based at 76ers Fieldhouse were also announced on Wednesday: Future Soccer Stars Foundation and Delaware Football Club, both of which operate soccer teams and leagues for the state and Wilmington's youth. Future Soccer Stars focuses on providing athletic opportunities for underserved populations.
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