Gov. John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki recently joined the Philadelphia 76ers and the Buccini/Pollin Group to announce construction of a 140,000-square-foot, multi-purpose sports complex and youth training center in Wilmington.

The new facility will be built on an 8.9-acre parcel of land off U.S. Route 13 and Garasches Lane. The sports complex is designed to be the premier center for youth sports in Delaware, while providing underserved youth with new sports programming and opportunities.

The facility will be named 76ers Fieldhouse and will be the new home for the 76ers NBA G League affiliate team, the Delaware 87ers. The team will play its home games at 76ers Fieldhouse, configured to host about 2,500 fans per game. Additionally, the 76ers will leverage its sales and sponsorship expertise to secure unique partnerships for 76ers Fieldhouse, including naming rights partners.

"This announcement by the 76ers organization confirms again that Wilmington is a great place for companies to invest, expand, and grow," said Carney. "We couldn't be more excited to help announce the new 76ers Fieldhouse, which will bring an NBA G League team to our city and help connect development along the banks of the Christina River. Importantly, this facility will create jobs, expand opportunities for kids in Wilmington to participate in sports activities and attract even more visitors to our great state. Thank you to the 76ers organization and the Buccini/Pollin Group for their commitment to Delaware and their continued partnership."

The Buccini/Pollin Group will manage the development and construction of the facility on the site, which is currently owned by the Riverfront Development Corp., and sits at the foot of the new Christina River Bridge that will connect both banks of the Christina Riverfront.

The complex will support youth athletic training sessions as well as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, football and other sport competitions through its mixed-use program including three full-sized, professional basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a sports performance and athletic training area and retail and office space.

Tenants planning to offer services at the 76ers Fieldhouse include TITUS, which will bring its performance training center to the complex; and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of the Nemours Children’s Health System, which will bring its advanced sports medicine capabilities, including pediatric orthopedics and sports physical therapy, to the facility.

The 76ers Fieldhouse will be available for events and field use by local and regional sports clubs and competitions.

Local youth organizations will be able to practice, train and play soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, football and other sports for competitive and community outreach purposes. Future Soccer Stars Foundation, a nonprofit providing free soccer programs for economically disadvantaged children in Wilmington, and the Delaware Football Club, which includes Delaware Rush, Delaware Union and Kirkwood Soccer players, are two such organizations that work independently and collaboratively to enhance youth soccer in the region and have both committed to this facility as their home.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for the first quarter of 2018, with a season ticket deposit campaign for the NBA G League team also set to begin at the start of the new year.

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