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76ers Place Is Coming Soon?!1

By :Tye Richmond

The 76ers have done it, they have “officially” done it. There were rumors for years about the 76ers building their own stadium/arena and now it seems like it is becoming a real thing.

According to espn.com, “The Philadelphia 76ers are creating a new development company that will spearhead a $1.3 billion project to build a privately funded arena in the city’s downtown, the team announced Thursday morning.”

While the 76ers don’t plan to be in the arena until the 2031-32 season — the season after the lease expires at their current home, Wells Fargo Center — and they won’t break ground on the new site for several years, the team said it will partner with Macerich, the operator of Fashion District Philadelphia, to bring the arena into being.

“We know the best thing, we believe, for the city, for our fans and for our organization, is to be downtown in a state-of-the-art facility that’s going to be privately funded by our ownership team,” Sixers president Tad Brown told ESPN. “And that’s going to create a brand-new environment, a whole new environment, that’s going to also really give a great economic boost in a development boost to a part of town that really needs it.

The article continues and says, “Sixers co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer bought the franchise from Comcast in 2011 and have had designs on building their own arena in Philadelphia for several years. That included an attempted plan to build one at Penn’s Landing, on the East side of the city along the Delaware River. The plan ultimately fell through two years ago when the city chose to go with a different development plan.”

“At that point, Harris and Blitzer decided to team with David Adelman — a lifelong 76ers fan, a season-ticket holder for more than 20 years and a real estate developer — to form a partnership to deliver a new arena.”

In all honesty, I don’t want a new arena to be built in center city. I think it is foolish because of the traffic that will be there and how difficult it will be to get to the arena and out of the arena during games. Philly sports are unique than other cities in America because we have all the major sports in one area. The Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, & 76ers all play in the same location. It is easy for most people to park there and leave by getting right on the highway. Plus you can make a whole day out of it by tail gaiting.

The new arena build isn’t official, yet, it is just proposed but it has already put a bad taste into Philly sports fans.

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