Sixers Fans Are Fired Up After The Team Announces Plan To Build New Arena In Center City

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The Wells Fargo Center has been home to the Philadelphia 76ers since 1996. But that could all end soon.

The Sixers lease the arena from Comcast Specator, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers, and the lease runs out in 2031. Sixers owners are now looking to build an arena of their own after building an impressive practice facility just across the river in Camden, New Jersey in 2016.

Since then the team has suggested a number of projects and locations, all of which have been shot down.

Enter the latest plan.

On Thursday morning, the organization announced a $1.3 billion plan to build an arena in Center City Philadelphia by the 2031-32 NBA season.

The proposed project is entirely privately funded and will be called 76 Place. The plan would demolish a block of the district that formerly housed a shopping mall called the Gallery at Market East.

“We know the best thing, we believe, for the city, for our fans and for our organization, is to be downtown in a state-of-the-art facility that’s going to be privately funded by our ownership team,” Sixers president Tad Brown told ESPN. “And that’s going to create a brand-new environment, a whole new environment, that’s going to also really give a great economic boost in a development boost to a part of town that really needs it.”

Sixers fans aren’t overly keen on the idea.

Thought not everyone disliked the plan.

Philadelphia fans are never shy about sharing their opinions. Now we’ll see if the team’s owners take those opinions under consideration.