According to reports, the Philadelphia 76ers are considering building their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey.
Practice, we talkin’ about practice? Yup, we are.
The Sixers have been practicing at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in West Philly since 1999 but have been looking for their own training facility. Originally, the Sixers were looking at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, but plans fell through in April.
The following excerpt from the original Philly.com article has more information:
But multiple sources, including two within the Sixers organization and four Camden city officials, said the deal in Camden could be close. The development proposal was originally slated to appear on the May agenda of the state Economic Development Authority, which oversees many Camden development projects and real estate transactions. It was removed by the Sixers, who said they needed to go back to the league for approvals, a city source who was not authorized to speak on the matter said.
“My understanding is . . . all the financing is together, and if the Sixers are able to rectify whatever issues they have with the league, it will be on the . . . agenda in June,” the source said.
The source said the site being considered is adjacent to Campbell’s Field.
Moving the training facility to Camden, would make the Sixers the second team from Philadelphia to practice in New Jersey. The Flyers practice in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Building a state of the art training facility in Camden would be a phenomenal mark for the city of Camden. The city has been struck by crime and poverty for decades and has been looking for a way out. There’s no telling what this move would do, but it could do wonders for Camden. It would also help for more of New Jersey to accept the Sixers as their team, even if they play across the bridge.
In April, coach Brett Brown mentioned that a new training facility would be crucial in acquiring new free agents to sign with the Sixers. Well, it seems like the Sixers are trying to get started on the right foot.
Andrew Wiggins will be coming to the Sixers training facility in Camden in a few months!