Harris says Sixers still planning new practice site

Harris says Sixers still planning new practice site
April 18, 2014, 6:45 pm

Sixers' owner Josh Harris says the team is still investigating sites for a new practice facility. (AP)

Two days after the season ended -- his third season as owner of the club -- Sixers owner Josh Harris came to the team's practice facility to address the media.

Ironically, the subject of a new practice facility and the details about it being built was the first order of business Harris was asked about.

"There are multiple sites that we are looking at and very advanced thinking," Harris said. "Hopefully, I would like to announce something this summer. Like everything else we do, we are trying to do it in the right way and for the long run. Some alternatives have developed."

The Sixers currently practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine but would like to have their facility to come and go as they please.

Harris said building of a facility at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, not far from the Wells Fargo Center, was not off the table. However, there are potential sites Harris said the team is considering, both in and outside the city.

As far as a time frame for the building to be up and running -- it is further down the line than one might expect.

"Realistically, once we announce the site it is going to take a couple years to build it appropriately," Harris said. "When you think about that it will probably open for the third season from now."

Harris is absolutely committed to the Sixers having their own practice facility. However, he did say the team remains a tenant of the Wells Fargo Center for playing games.

"With the practice facility what we are doing is we are trying to build a great place for elite people to work, from the players to the coaches and hopefully the management," Harris said. "You want to create an environment that is world class, so that is why it is taking a little bit longer."

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