“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate grand opening of the 76ers Fieldhouse, which welcomed an NBA G League team to our city and helped connect development along the banks of the Christina River,” said Delaware Governor John Carney. On Monday, June 24, Governor Carney, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, and others were on site for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE.
Home to the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-league affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, the facility’s 2,500-person arena with three full-sized NBA regulated basketball courts opened in January to accommodate for the Blue Coats’ season. The Painted Lines tirelessly covered the Blue Coats at the new Fieldhouse all season long and looks forward to continuing to bring you top notch Blue Coats coverage moving forward.
More Than Just the G-League
The 76ers Fieldhouse will be home to far more than just regular Blue Coats’ games. Governor Carney continued, “More importantly, this facility has expanded opportunities for kids in Wilmington to participate in sports activities and attracted 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.”
Chris Heck, President of the Philadelphia 76ers, echoed the governor’s sentiments. “Today, we celebrate the 76ers Fieldhouse as a premier destination for great basketball development, while also providing valuable resources to this area’s youth. As a resident of Delaware, it’s incredible to see the growth of a community when civic leaders commit to positive change. We are so excited to follow their lead and truly engage in a meaningful and impactful way.”
The Fieldhouse has already hosted many different events, youth programs, sports clinics, and so much more is on tap for the future. Thus far, an estimated 3,700 Wilmington youth have participated in free sports programming at the 76ers Fieldhouse, proudly executing BPG|SPORT’s mission to provide quality sports programing for underserved youth. It’s only been one year since the groundbreaking for this new facility, and only about six months since the doors opened, but the impact has already been felt. Moving forward, there is plenty of excitement about the potential opportunities to use this beautiful facility in a variety of ways.
“Last Friday, here at the 76ers Fieldhouse, was truly the revelation of everything that we set out to accomplish with this facility for our community – from the 800 smiling faces of our inner-city youth during the City on the Pitch event that morning to the announcement from Stephen A. Smith later that afternoon accepting his role as the HBCU ambassador for over 1,700 students who will participate in our HBCU week at the Fieldhouse this fall,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We are extremely proud to welcome the 76ers Fieldhouse to the City of Wilmington, and our gratitude to Buccini/Pollin and the 76ers organization for placing their faith in our great city.”
Only Just the Beginning
While the facility has been open for a few months already, there was an excitement in the air surrounding this event. It symbolizes the official start to what should be a beautiful relationship between the 76ers, the Blue Coats, the city of Wilmington, and the state of Delaware as a whole. The Painted Lines will be there every step of the way.