Survey floats three possible locations for a new Philadelphia 76ers arena when their agreement expires with the Wells Fargo Center in 2031
According to an article from our friends over at Billy Penn, several Philadelphians reported receiving a Monday evening push poll that asked for opinions on a potential new basketball area for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the Sixers looking to move out of the Wells Fargo Center when their lease expires in 2031.
The Wells Fargo Center is owned by Comcast Spectator, who also own the Philadelphia Flyers. The 76ers are owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which is likely the driving force in finding a new home. If HBSE can build their own stadium, then they would be the ones collecting cash on non-sports and entertainment events like concerts taking place at the arena, rather than their overlords at Comcast.
Side Note: I wouldn’t want to play anywhere close to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Reported Survey Floated Three Possible Locations
- Camden NJ
- Philadelphia Navy Yard
- Philadelphia Fashion District / Former Gallery Mall in Center City
The obvious choice here would be the Navy Yard. It’s the closest to the other stadiums and continues to undergo a massive string of new development thanks to a $6 billion investment.
Honestly, they should knock down the Philadelphia Union stadium in Chester while they’re at it and put that in the Navy yard too.
When the Philadelphia Phillies were considering new sites to build Citizens Bank Park, they floated around the idea of building the stadium downtown, specifically at 12th and Vine. That resulted in Chinatown businesses closing their doors and protesting the potential building plan.
I don’t see how that would change if the 76ers planned on doing the same, so we can probably take that off the list of options.
As for Camden, no thank you. There’s no way we can let the 76ers play in South Jersey. I understand their practice facility is in the area but removing the Sixers from Pennsylvania would be criminal.
The Navy Yard is the only real option.