The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled plans for a new $1.3 billion area in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday morning. Dubbed “76 Place at Market East”, the privately funded arena would become the Sixers home court for the 2031-32 season.
The move should come as no surprise to Sixers fans. The Sixers have been long term tenants at Wells Fargo Center which is owned by Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia Flyers parent company. Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have mentioned the desire to move the Sixers into their own arena numerous times over the years.
The Fashion District site was chosen from three proposed locations. The other locations included the Penn’s Landing area and a location in Camden City, NJ adjacent to the teams’ practice facility. The Penn’s Landing proposal faced heavy criticism from neighborhood residents.
The plan is already facing backlash from fans.
Clearly, people have a fear of public transportation.