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At Wilmington’s 76ers Fieldhouse, hoops make way for hoopla of concerts, celebrities

By Cris Barrish , 03/11/19, 9:15AM EDT


Wilmington’s new sports arena opened in January for the 76ers development league team – the Blue Coats. The G League club team is drawing a fair number of fans, but the sports/community facility along a gritty industrial strip south of downtown is showing major promise as a concert hall.

Last month, promoters held Snow Jam, a three-band rock show headlined by the Maryland group O.A.R. Nearly 2,000 music fans turned out, with some coming from as far as Vermont.

Promoter Matt VanBelle was delighted by the debut concert for the facility that can hold 3,000. That’s way more than The Grand Opera House or The Queen — the other main concert halls in Wilmington — can hold.

“Being from Wilmington, we’ve always been looking for a larger event space within the city,” said VanBelle, co-owner of VPM Events. “The night itself was really well put together. The sound went well. There was a lot of overall momentum and buzz about the event itself.”

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