Delaware Public Media

76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington will open later than planned

Dec 19, 2018

Fans looking forward to seeing games at the new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington will have to wait a little longer.

The Sixers’ minor league team, the Delaware Blue Coats, and the Buccini/Pollin Group announced the facility will not be ready for its first schedued game January 4th.

In a statement, the Blue Coats and Buccini/Pollin said “some minor, weather-related construction delays” are pushing their timetable for opening back 3 weeks.

The $30 million, 140,000 square foot multi-sports complex near the Wilmington Riverfront will now open with the Blue Coats’ NBA G-League game against the Memphis Hustle Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. 

The delay means changes for three games slated for the 76ers Fieldhouse next month. 

A Jan 4th contest against Grand Rapids will now be played there January 29th at 7 p.m.  A January 9th contest with Lakeland is moving to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for a 7 p.m. start.  And a January 11th game with Raptors 905 is also headed to Philly and moving to January 8th for an 11 a.m. tip-off.

In addition to being home to the Blue Coats, the 76ers Fieldhouse will also house Titus Sports Academy, a Nemours Physical Therapy Clinic, and the Future Soccer Stars Foundation when it opens.

The complex will occupy a roughly 9-acre plot off U.S. Route 13 and Garasches Lane.

Buccini/Pollin Group officials say the project is receiving $2.5 million from the state and $1 million from the city.