After five seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have decided to rebrand their NBA G-League affiliate ahead of the team’s planned move into an all-new, state-of-art field house on the Wilmington Riverfront next season, changing their name and branding to …the Delaware Blue Coats!
For Delaware sports fans, there’s a bit of a loss for professional teams. However, there is no loss of Delawarean’s love of sports which is why this also presents a huge opportunity. Delaware loves their Blue Rocks Minor league Baseball team, the University of Delaware Blue Hens and have long embraced Philly teams as their “home teams” but for the previously named Delaware 87ers, there didn’t seem to be as much of a connect… Were they Philly, were they Delaware?
The 87ers, while a fun play on the 76ers, was a bit of a head-scratcher to fans who didn’t know that both Delaware and Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution in 1787.
Summarized from the full article at philly.com.
The name Blue Coats, a tip of the cap to the University of Delaware’s Blue Hens and the Kansas City Royal’s Single-A affiliate Delaware Blue Rocks, was inspired by a skilled Revolutionary War regiment led by founding father Caesar Rodney, whose famous horseback ride from Delaware to Philadelphia is depicted on the logo.
“It really puts the team in a more proper light to Delaware as well as 76ers fans,” Chris Heck, the Sixers’ president of business operations, said of the Blue Coats’ new name, uniforms, and branding.
The 140,000-square-foot complex, which can seat around 2,500 fans, will sport three full-size basketball courts and two indoor soccer fields. It will also contain a Nemours physical therapy and orthopedic clinic as well as a Titus Sports Academy performance training center. Even the Philadelphia Union will periodically practice in the new facility, according to Rob Buccini, co-president of the Buccini/Pollin Group, a private real estate company partnering with the Sixers on the fieldhouse.
“The construction of a new, state-of-the-art 76ers Fieldhouse on the Riverfront and the move of the Delaware Blue Coats to Wilmington are signs that our city is on the move,” Wilmington mayor Mike Purzycki said.
The Riverfront is really becoming a place to go to: dine, live, play, explore, and attend events. From seeing a movie at Penn Cinema to playing mini golf to eating at one of the great restaurants to now being able to see some exciting Blue Rocks and Blue Coats Games!
So Wilmington, we’ve got ourselves a basketball team that distinguishes itself deep within our Delaware roots! While we love Philly, and the76ers who thinks this feels a little like Philly is loving us back?!
GO BLUE COATS!
See you at the Riverfront!
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