As the Bulls marched proudly past the Milwaukee Bucks, courtesy of Boozer and Hamilton this time, the team is gaining momentum, both in the championship and in their further development as a Chicago institution.
The Bulls have successfully practiced at the Sheri L. Berto Center in Deerfield, IL, since 1992 but there comes a time when horizons need to be broadened. The basketball team recently announced plans to build a new practice facility in the shadow of the United Center, in Chicago’s West side. To be located on Parking Lot J, which sits east of the United Center across South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison Streets, the project is fully funded by the Bulls and it’s slated to be completed in time for the 2014-2015 season.
In addition to providing better, more up-to-date training grounds for the players to work on their skills without any limitations, the new outfit is also a way to consolidate the team’s future and strengthen its ties to the community.
“Today’s announcement is the latest example of our longstanding commitment to the City of Chicago and to our fans,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Investing in a modern facility for our players and coaches will help us to achieve our team’s number one goal – winning championships – while also playing an important role in the city’s ongoing redevelopment efforts in our West Side neighborhood.”
360 Architects, has been selected as the lead project architect for the 55,000-square-foot development, and McHugh Construction has been named the General Contractor. To show their ongoing commitment and support for the local economy, the Bulls will provide opportunities for Chicago-based companies, including women/minorities owned businesses, to be selected as part of the construction project.
The planned venue is a more than a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, a community engine expected to attract other businesses, retail and food services to the Near West Side after years of stalled economic progress.
“I am pleased that the Bulls are moving their practice facilities into the City of Chicago and continuing the great work revitalizing the entire neighborhood around the United Center,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The Bulls are an iconic championship team and a source of pride for our city. Their future, and the future of the West Side, is bright.”
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