Yes, we are at that point in the offseason.

The Sixers announced that they plan to leave the Wells Fargo Center and build their own privately funded building on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia called “76 Place”.

If all goes according to plan, the Sixers will have a new home in the year 2031. Even though this move is nearly a decade away, it didn’t stop uproar in the city over the announcement. The announcement came at a slow point in the city. This also is in the midst of the week-long MLB all-star break, right before Eagles training camp starts, and obviously during the Flyers and Sixers offseasons. This decision has been criticized for good reason.

Center city is already congested as it is, Sixers game days are going to be impossible for anyone to get around the city whether it is fans attending the game or not. There is not nearly enough room to accommodate parking, and parking garages are a terrible idea when you’re talking about this amount of people. Public transportation will need to run later and quicker which puts the union in a tough spot. Not to mention, one of the best and most unique things about Philadelphia sports, is that all four major sports stadiums are within walking distance from one another. The Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park make South Philadelphia the heartbeat of Philly sports, unlike any other sports town in the country.

If the move happens, the Sixers will join other NBA teams that have located themselves in the heart of their respective cities like the Knicks, the Celtics, and the Wizards. We can only hope they have a blueprint of how this should work.

Even though the 2031 Sixers will look a lot different than the present-day Sixers, the 2031 fans are the same fans as today. The fans are outraged for good reason, we can only hope that the Sixers provide a bit more context in the coming months of how they plan to pull this move off.

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