How A New Center City Arena Can Take the 76ers from the Brink to Brilliance.

In 1963, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers. The Nationals had been NBA Champions in 1953–1954. Their arrival followed the void left by the Philadelphia Warriors, who had just left for San Fransisco.

Upon arriving in Philadelphia in 1963, the 76ers took up residence in Philadelphia Arena and Convention Hall on Market Street. By 1968, the Sixers moved to the first version of The Spectrum.

Could a move back to Center City be just what the Sixers need?

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Plans are are moving forward for the 76 Place at Market East in Center City, which is expected to open in 2031 with an estimated capacity of 18,500 seats in close proximity to public transportation and the Fashion District Shopping. The Market-Frankford Line and Jefferson Station would be available to fans, a more accessible destination than trying to get to South Philadelphia.

The timing couldn’t be better. Here is why:

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Money, Money, Money— Tourists — visiting one of America’s most iconic City as they do every year in droves — will not have to travel to South Philadelphia if the arena is in Center City. And, of course, you will be able to partake in the shopping, dining, and entertainment not only at 76 Place but in Center City.

Public Transportation— Reaching the new Sixers arena in Center City will not only be much easier for those already in the City but also for fans traveling from the suburbs into town. Especially when within walking distance of the train station, giving fans more SEPTA options in order to reach the arena.

And, of course, a Center City location would undoubtedly see a considerable uptick in fan attendance.

Living Alone— The Sixers would not have to deal with any NHL scheduling woes if they alone played in the arena. Currently, the Sixers share the Wells Fargo Center with the Flyers.

And while other Philadelphia professional sports franchises have tried similar proposals, like when the Phillies also tried to build a baseball stadium near the same location in 2000.

So, would 76 Place be a good place for the Sixers?

Yup — it’s a great plan. For the best place.

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