The Wells Fargo Center has been home to the Philadelphia 76ers since 1996. But that could all end soon.
The Sixers lease the arena from Comcast Specator, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers, and the lease runs out in 2031. Sixers owners are now looking to build an arena of their own after building an impressive practice facility just across the river in Camden, New Jersey in 2016.
Since then the team has suggested a number of projects and locations, all of which have been shot down.
Enter the latest plan.
On Thursday morning, the organization announced a $1.3 billion plan to build an arena in Center City Philadelphia by the 2031-32 NBA season.
Breaking News — the Sixers announced a new development company, with the goal of building a new arena at the Center City Fashion District.
— Dave Uram (@MrUram) July 21, 2022
The proposed project is entirely privately funded and will be called 76 Place. The plan would demolish a block of the district that formerly housed a shopping mall called the Gallery at Market East.
“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.”
Sixers fans aren’t overly keen on the idea.
This should be punishable by death https://t.co/M3EqqbWEkD
— Lord Flacko Slim😈 (@JimmyHarrity) July 21, 2022
I don't think I like this idea tbh
I like the Sports Complex of the stadiums next to Xfinity all in one place, decently unique compared to other cities to have all major sports play next to each other. Parking/Tailgating is going to be impossible. https://t.co/KPMQTcqWCW
— Birdman (@halfbirdhalfman) July 21, 2022
The location is terrible. I can't even wrap my head around the traffic nightmare this will be. https://t.co/PxOQ6R7UJd
— David Lopez (@PRlopez0904) July 21, 2022
Thought not everyone disliked the plan.
So this is definitely some cool news! I’m not sure how parking will work, but the construction of the new stadium is going to be fully privately funded.
— Matt Gregan (@Gregan_Sports) July 21, 2022
2 blocks away from 8th and Market Station. Delicious https://t.co/lbiOqUAChT
— Kail (@VivoTranquil0) July 21, 2022
Look at that public transit access, it's so beautiful https://t.co/zQBbsqSZ3K
— Mike Anderson (@VUmander) July 21, 2022
Philadelphia fans are never shy about sharing their opinions. Now we’ll see if the team’s owners take those opinions under consideration.