Philadelphia

Progress of The Sixers State-of-the-art 120,000 Sq. Foot Training Center in Camden

Last year the Philadelphia Sixers announced they would be building their training facility in Camden, NJ. The front office sent a press release and a few photos of the progress of the building of the facility and a sketch of the final product.

The Philadelphia 76ers have revealed the first current construction
images and rendering of the completed exterior for their future Training
Complex today.  The 125,000-square-foot
Training Complex will be the largest in the NBA, and will include the
Sixers basketball operations facility and business operations offices.
 Designed to foster team building and unity, communication, innovation,
and the spirit of competition, the basketball
operations facility includes two NBA regulation-size basketball courts,
a 2,800-square-foot player locker room, and state-of-the-art
performance, wellness, recovery, and hydrotherapy rooms.  The basketball
training facility was conceived to be a 24/7 destination
for elite NBA and front office talent with amenities including a player
restaurant, private balcony, film, and press room.  Construction is
progressing as scheduled on the basketball operations facility,
estimated to open for player use in the fourth quarter
of this year. The business operations offices will include a media
production studio, 7,000-square-foot roof deck, 10,000 square feet of
mixed-use commercial space, and more.
The location is at Delaware Ave and MLK Blvd, not far from the Aquarium.
Erection of the buildings’ structural steel is currently near
completion, and by mid-May the basketball operations facility’s exterior
wall, roofing, and window systems will be in place.  With the building
fully enclosed, mechanical,
electrical, and plumbing contractors will begin installation of
interior building systems and construction.  Glass walls and window
systems dominate the exterior and interior framework throughout the
basketball operations facility, manifesting the Sixers’
focus on building unity and encouraging transparency between players
and staff.  The construction and technical foundation has been laid for
such specialty training apparatus such as a 40-foot lap pool with a
built-in hydraulic platform.
“In designing the basketball operations facility we pulled inspiration
from the most cutting-edge sports medicine, wellness, and recovery
practices from leagues, teams, and sport disciplines across the world,”
said Sam Hinkie,
Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General
Manager.  “We challenged ourselves to create a 24/7 destination for our
players’ physical and mental needs.  Two full side-by-side training
courts with ten baskets to shoot on is the heart of
the building.  Amenities such as an exclusive, covered player’s
entrance, a fully-stocked private restaurant, and a dedicated concierge
will encourage year-round visits to the training facility, allowing our
players to focus on the everyday training of their
body and mind.”
“Whether on the court or in the community, we continue to spend time and
invest resources where we see big upside.  It should come as no
surprise then, that in our commitment to build the biggest and best
Training Complex in the
NBA, we chose a community on the rise, with dynamic, socially aware
corporate partners.  We are confident that Camden is the right place at
the right time to build our new home,” said Scott O’Neil, Philadelphia
76ers Chief Executive Officer.
“I am extremely pleased with the progress of the new Sixers headquarters
and practice facility,” said Mayor Dana L. Redd.  “Even more gratifying
is the commitment the Sixers have already demonstrated and will
continue to do so
through various community engagement activities like volunteering to
beautify our neighborhoods, holding basketball and cheering clinics, or
simply connecting with our residents.  As we move closer and closer to
the completion of their new facility, I look
forward to a promising long-term partnership with the Sixers.”