The Philadelphia 76ers, along with the Buccini/Pollin Group and the city of Wilmington, broke ground in August on a similarly innovative new multiuse facility: the 76ers Fieldhouse, a state-of-the-art sports complex and youth training center. The new multipurpose sports complex will serve as the future home of the Philadelphia 76ers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. The center is a new model, small-scale sports complex that caters to community-based sports development programs.
G League facilities offer an excellent opportunity to develop arenas at a fraction of the size of most professional NBA facilities. The smaller 2,500-seat arena allows for better integration into the neighborhood while also providing basketball courts, full-size soccer fields, retail and office space, and several medical amenities—including a new physical therapy office and orthopedic clinic. The 140,000-square-foot (13,000 sq m) complex will immediately become the state’s premier youth sports destination, with year-round programming for thousands of underserved youth annually through sports competitions and athletic training sessions centered around physical fitness, nutrition, and wellness.