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The 76ers Fieldhouse is officially open! The 161,000 square foot facility held their grand opening ceremony on June 24th. The ceremony was held outside of the facility on the freshly paved parking lot looking into the doors of the main entrance. This ceremony signified the official opening of the Fieldhouse.

Among the many faces at the ceremony, Gov. John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki attended as well and spoke a few words about the facility. Throughout the ceremony, many more important people that have contributed to the building, planning, and success of the Fieldhouse spoke. Among those people were Michael Hare Senior Vice President of The Buccini/Pollin Group, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz, 4th District Council Member Michelle Harlee, Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation Megan McGlinchey, and Co-President of The Buccini/Pollin Group Robert Buccini.

After the speeches, the official ribbon cutting took place. The speakers joined the BPGS team, the Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck, Delaware Blue Coats President Larry Meli, Titus Sports Academy Managing Partner Shawn Hoffman behind the 10 ft red ribbon while General Manager of BPG|Sports Steve Cavalier cut the ribbon.

After the ceremony, a reception and refreshments were held on the mezzanine level of the facility. Representatives from BPG|Sports, Titus, Nemours, Blue Coats, and Delaware Sports League answered questions about programming at designated tables.

The facility in itself has a 2,500 person arena with three full-sized NBA regulated basketball courts, indoor and outdoor turf fields, the Titus Sports Academy training facility, and the future Nemours Sports Medicine Clinic.

 

Delaware Public Safety Basketball Tournament

By Cassie Thomas 07/15/2019, 11:45am EDT

The Wilmington Delaware Fire Department and Wilmington Police Department hosted their annual free and open to the public basketball tournament on June 22nd at the 76ers Fieldhouse. The WFD and WPD have held this basketball event for the past 15 years but in 2018, this one game event turned into a full fledged basketball tournament. The tournament includes first responder agencies throughout the state of Delaware.

The tournament champions for this year’s event are the Delaware Crime Fighters Team. which is a team made up of officers from University of Delaware Police Department, Delaware State Police, and Ferris Detention Center.

The Delaware Crime Fighters went undefeated and won the championship game 82 to 61 against second place team Howard R. Young Corrections Officers.

The selected agencies that are represented in this tournament are the Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington Police Department, Wilmington Public Works Department, Howard R. Young Correctional Institute, Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute, James T. Vaughn Correctional Institute, and a mixed team featuring University of Delaware Police Department, Delaware State Police, and Ferris Detention Center.

This tournament is a way to embrace community and relationships between the agencies and also boost a positive outreach experience and thought of mind for the city and its residents.

This highly populated event (over 4,000 attendees) will take place in South Wilmington at the newly established 76er’s Fieldhouse in celebration of Wilmington’s historically black colleges and universities.

Sports star commentator, Stephen A. Smith, will be broadcasting a live production of his ESPN segment, “First Take” in Wilmington, Delaware on September 20, 2019. This highly populated event (over 4,000 attendees) will take place in South Wilmington at the newly established 76er’s Fieldhouse in celebration of Wilmington’s historically black colleges and universities. The 76er’s Fieldhouse is home to the Sixer’s G-League team, the Delaware Bluecoats, along with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor turf fields, Titus Sports Academy, and Nemours Sports Medicine. 

Mayor Mike Purzycki has recently named Smith the city’s official HBCU Ambassador, hoping Smith can expand and create more opportunities for the HBCU program in Wilmington. In addition, Smith also received the “Social Impact” Award. HBCU Week serves to reach high school students on their paths to further their education in college.

Every September, Wilmington hosts HBCU Week. This year, along with Smith in attendance, the HBCU is welcoming JP Morgan Chase as one of their biggest sponsors. Delaware Business Times states, “HBCU Week is intended to provide local high school students with an authentic HBCU experience. The highlight of the HBCU Week is the HBCU College Fair, which has contributed to more than 1,000 students being admitted to HBCUs over its first two years – with many receiving full or partial scholarships.”

According to PhillyVoice, Smith previously worked as a writer for the Philly Inquirer from 1993 until 2010. He has hosted "First Take" since 2012. 

All information regarding Smith’s live broadcast at the 76er’s Fieldhouse can be found at http://www.hbcuweek.org/events/.

On Friday, June 21st, 2019, more than 750 kids from the City of Wilmington enjoyed soccer, exercise training, live music performances, and arts & crafts during the 4th annual City on the Pitch put on by the Future Soccer Stars Foundation at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Delaware.

The kids were bussed in from local community centers, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Police Athletic League to take advantage of the brand new state-of-the-art indoor turf field, courts, and mezzanine at the 76ers Fieldhouse.

“This is the beacon in Wilmington for kids that play athletics to come and enjoy it,’’ said Steve Cavalier, General Manager of the 76ers Fieldhouse and Executive Director of the Future Soccer Stars Foundation.

“This is exactly why we built this place. I literally get goosebumps talking about this.”

The Future Soccer Stars Foundation was created four years ago with a mission to “inspire kids to believe and invest in themselves,” through the sport of soccer. Their annual City on the Pitch event is aimed at introducing the game to children who may not have access to pay-to-play recreational leagues.

The event was presented by Chase as lead sponsor, and included a financial literacy education component for interested parents. Other partners included the Philadelphia Union, Delaware Art Museum, BPG|SPORTS, Titus Sports Academy, and STRIVE: How You Lead Matters. Thanks to the efforts of these contributing organizations, the 76ers Fieldhouse, filled with smiling kids and volunteers, was able to proudly fulfill its priority of serving the entire community.

The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by USA Baseball. Launched in 2009, the program was created to provide all athletes from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball national team.

Players from across the country will begin the identification process by participating in camps and tryouts at the local level in their designated region. Every region will name 32 athletes from each of the 11U, 12U and 13U age groups, and 36 athletes from each of the 14U, 15U and 16U age groups, to two All-Region teams that will participate in the NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

USA Baseball in association with Titus Sports invites aspiring national level baseball players ages 11U-16U with a passion to compete against the best players from their age group from the following states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.

$150 per player - June 11th

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QB Factory's: QB/WR Mini Camp at the 76ers Fieldhouse

By 76ers Fieldhouse 04/25/2019, 8:00am EDT

All high school and college quarterbacks and wide receivers are welcome to take part in the June Mini Camp at the 76ers Fieldhouse.  Brought to you by, QB Factory, a developing team that will help enhance all aspects of your game.  They will help you improve and gain the confidence needed to play in today’s game.

Players will learn from high school and college level coaches on different tactics, such as reading defenses and route running.  With personal game training and advanced football knowledge given, athletes will certainly take their game to the next level. The camp will take place on Sunday, June 2nd at the 76ers Fieldhouse, state-of-the-art turf field.  The event will go from 2PM-3PM and spaces are limited.

Sign-up now for this limited elite camp.  Quarterbacks cost $110 and wide receivers are $55 for entry.  We look forward to watching you learn and grow at the 76ers Fieldhouse this June.  Register under Football Camps now.

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How fast is VR technology evolving?

By Holly Quinn 04/23/2019, 7:00am EDT

Unified Web Media founder Larry Strange created the virtual tour of the 76ers Fieldhouse with tech that wasn't available just six months before.

The VR business changes quickly. Really quickly.

“It’s a little bit of a rodeo,” said Larry Strange, founder of Unified Web Media, makers of the 76ers Fieldhouse virtual reality tour.

The Wilmington company offers virtual tours, drone work and 360 panoramas — all things that are evolving almost by the minute.

“There’s a progression, if you look at my projects from last year to now” said Strange, who started Unified Web Media just last summer. “The tools that I used six months ago ago are much different from the tools that I’m using now, not just because I’m spending more money for better stuff, but because I’m able to access hardware and software that just didn’t exist.”

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NBA G League Delaware Blue Coats

Coat Check | Season-In-Review

By by Matt Murphy 04/22/2019, 4:30pm EDT

Throughout the year, “Coat Check” highlights stories surrounding the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.

CHECKING IN

Development.

That was the primary goal for the Delaware Blue Coats this season, dating back to the team’s first training camp practice in late October.

The Blue Coats (21-29) finished the 2018-19 NBA G League season with a 124-117 victory over the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics) on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Connor Johnson, the Blue Coats were one of just four G League teams to improve its offensive rating in each third of the season: first third—106.0 (12th), second third—108.8 (10th), final third—114.4 (1st).

Delaware led the league in 3-point field goals made (735) and in percentage of points from beyond the arc (38.7 percent).

The Coats also ranked fourth in rebounds per 100 possessions (45.8) and third in blocked shots per 100 possessions (6.4).

Individually, a number of Blue Coats positioned themselves near or at the top of the league in certain statistical categories during the 18-19 campaign.

In 27 G League games, 76ers two-way contract player Shake Milton averaged 24.9 points per game, placing him second behind only (former 76er) Jordan McRae (30.4 PPG) of the Capital City Go-Go (Washington Wizards).

Milton also posted the second-highest usage rate (27.1 percent) among rookies with at least 15 games played.

Jared Brownridge drained 187 3-point field goals to lead the league, besting Miami HEAT two-way contract player Duncan Robinson (157) by thirty. Brownridge’s 187 triples are the second most in a single season in NBA G League history.

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The Sixers are leading the way in the NBA when it comes to putting women in charge. Meet Susan Williamson, vice president of business operations.

When the Virginia Cavaliers won their first national title earlier this month, Susan Williamson won it, too. She won the same way their most famous player ever, Ralph Sampson, won it; the way Sixers forward Mike Scott won it; the way Penn Charter product Sean Singletary won it. She’s been part of a Virginia team, too.

Because once you’ve invested years of your life into the daily, on-court dramatics of an athletic team, you’re a part of that team forever. Williamson invested. She was the Wahoos’ manager from 1999-2003. As a senior, she became the team’s first female head manager. She lived through bus rides and plane rides and joys and pains and sickness and, after she graduated, death.

She relived her college days during Virginia’s harrowing road to redemption, winning the title a year after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. She shared the nail-biting and hand-wringing with a host of former Cavaliers players, including Roger Mason Jr., who spent 10 years in the NBA, and Travis Watson, who played in Europe.

They texted, and they phoned, and they mourned the fact that they couldn’t share it with Chris “Big Smooth” Williams, a Cavaliers teammate who died suddenly in 2017 at the age of 36.

Because that’s what teammates do.

Williamson, 38, was hired by the Sixers in 2014 as the vice president of marketing but now is the vice president of business operations, one of the highest-ranking women in the NBA and part of the team’s deep roster of women in prominent positions.

She helped the Sixers design the 76ers Fieldhouse, the home of their G-League affiliates, the Delaware Blue Coats.

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Powered by BPG|SPORTS, the Wilmington Basketball League is coming to the 76ers Fieldhouse!  Starting this summer, athletes can come play on our NBA G-League court and compete in our new league.

The Leagues will range from middle school to high school.  Boys and Girls can sign up individually or as a team and will be placed on a team by the league directors.  Sign up is $100 per individual or $950 per team.  All games will take place from Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-9 PM.  Starting June 24th for the middle school league and June 26th for the high school league, get ready for this extraordinary league!

All games will be 20 minute halves, with running clocks until the last 2 minutes.  All players will receive jerseys, and will get to play in 8 guaranteed games and then the top teams will make the playoffs.  Come join us this Summer for a fun, well organized league and battle to be a WBL champion!

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WE R1 Level Up Youth Circuit 76ers Fieldhouse
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WILMINGTON – The stands at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington were filled to capacity to see St. Mark’s and Salesianum meet on the basketball court, and for the first time since Jan. 22, 2010 – spanning 17 games – the Spartans left with a victory over the
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