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CAMDEN, N.J. – The Philadelphia 76ers officially opened their South Jersey home on Friday, as they welcomed local officials, coaches, staff, and players to the new training facility.
After breaking ground in January of 2015, the new complex aims to bring new opportunities to both the players and the city of Camden.
“I can tell you that it’s a really proud moment for the organization. And a humbling one. When you have a vision that turns into, what I think, is the most spectacular practice facility in the world, it’s pretty good. But to see the expression on the players' faces? That takes it to another level,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers finally have their own space – moving away from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and onto the Camden waterfront.
“We’ve developed a place where people are going to not want to leave, they’re going to want to live there, and then there’s everything they need from great food to great medical care and training, to all kinds of different exercise equipment,” said Josh Harris, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to 76ers officials, they wanted to make a facility that flows, and helps the players grow, while keeping a bond within the staff. The Sixers welcome a new cafeteria for healthy eating, hydrotherapy pools, and medical and training areas, all within steps of the courts.
“We believe that we have the best training complex in pro sport. We’ve gone all over the world, from Major League Baseball, to the National Football League, to the Australian Institute of Sport, to Manchester United, to pick, and choose the things that we think reflect our values,” said Brett Brown, head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The hope is that as the players continue to improve, so will the facility’s hometown of Camden.
“Camden is a place that is on the move, it’s getting better, but it’s also a place that we can help. We all know Camden is a tough place and needs help, and so the fact that it’s here, a place where we can really make a difference in the community,” said Harris.
After next week’s training camp at Stockton University, the players will start their preseason at their new South Jersey home.