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.