Ground was broken on Wednesday afternoon the new home of the Delaware Blue Coats, formerly 87ers.
The 2,500-seat 76ers Fieldhouse will serve as a new sports complex on an area of Wilmington Riverfront that is undergoing redevelopment as the first phase is built out.
The complex could touch off a wave of development in the area on the other side of the Christina River from the first phase of the riverfront.
It was recently announced that land has been purchased for a planned aquatic center in the Riverfront area.
While the ceremony was listed as a groundbreaking, steel is already going up at the site in a fast-track project that saw earlier delays.
See below for 48-minute video of the entire groundbreaking ceremony.
In addition toserving as the home to the 76ers’ NBA G League Team, the Delaware Blue Coats, the site will include Nemours Physical Therapy Clinic, Titus Sports Academy and, the Future Soccer Stars Foundation, a program that introduces soccer to the youth of Wilmington.
Dignitaries on hand included Gov. John Carney and Mayor Michael Purzycki, as well asMegan McGlinchey, executive director of Riverfront Wilmington Development Corporation; City Council President Hanifa Shabazz; Chris Heck, 76ers president of Business Operations;Malcolm Turner, president of NBA G League; Larry Meli, President of Delaware Blue Coats; Elton Brand, general manager of Delaware Blue Coats; Robert Buccini, co-president of The Buccini/Pollin Group; and Michael Hare, executive vice president of the Buccini/Pollin Group.