TRAINING FACILITY DOUBLES AS PREMIERE SPORTS CENTER FOR WILMINGTON YOUTH
The 76ers Fieldhouse is a 140,000-square-foot, multi-purpose arena, sports complex and youth training center, and the new home for the 76ers NBA G-League's Delaware Blue Coats. The sports complex is designed to be the premier center for youth sports in Delaware. The fieldhouse includes three basketball courts, two full-size soccer fields, retail, office space, and a number of medical amenities.
The plan creates an athletic thoroughfare that becomes the nexus of all the building tenants and is anchored by a ‘social’ platform. Flexible spaces, including retractable stadia, are programmed for a variety of activities, and are easily reconfigured for the type of activity, sport and number of guests. Multiple spaces can also be connected or closed off using garage doors.
Natural daylight plays a large role in the design of the complex to foster athlete health, wellness and sustainability. The pre-engineered building system uses translucent panels in the arena to allow diffused daylight to illuminate the court and seating. By night, the panels, become a jewel box and lantern bringing the 76ers brand to the community. The fieldhouse has become a catalyst to activate the surrounding area.