Joel Embiid reacts to 76ers plans to build a new arena in center city Philadelphia
Early yesterday morning, the Philadelphia 76ers announced plans to build their new arena in center city, set to open for the 2031-2032 NBA season.
76 Place at Market East was announced as the new potential home for the Sixers, and overall the reaction on social media was positive outside of random suburb-dwelling fans who go to games once a year complaining about parking and irrelevant “fan groups” complaining about tailgating.
Personally, I think it’s amazing. Philadelphia will finally have their own Madison Square Garden in the heart of the city and move away from the isolated Sports Complex in South Philadelphia. I’m not sure when it happened, but apparently there’s an unwritten rule that all sports teams need to be playing in the same area of the city? That’s just stupid. Spread em out a little and let’s get crazy.
The new arena will be great for business in Center City and public transit will be the main way to get to and from events and basketball games. Sign me up.
Still, not everyone was happy with the news, including Joel Embiid. Shortly after the announcement, Embiid took to Twitter to question the new arena.
Obviously he’s joking, but Embiid does have a point. By the time this arena is built, Embiid, now 28, will be 36 years old and his playing career will likely be over, which is why he threw the two old man emoji’s in his tweet.
Luckily for Embiid, if things go my way, he will still be the main feature at 76 Place in 2032.
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