On Monday, June 10, the Chicago Bulls will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony on the team’s $25 million, 60,000-square-foot practice facility. The new facility will be located just east of the United Center in Parking Lot J, at 35 South Wood St.
Local community leaders will be joined by Bulls representatives for the historic occasion.
The new facility will replace the Berto Center in Deerfield, Ill., which has been the Bulls’ practice center since 1992. As mentioned in an earlier post, the new building will boast a plethora of state-of-the art amenities such as a more expansive basketball court, therapeutic polls and a video room. Additional outdoor amenities will include a gated entry for players and staff, a second-level roof terrace and outdoor courtyards.
The new downtown facility will be private and built for the benefit of Bulls players who prefer to live, work and practice in the city; they will not have the hour-long commute on the Edens Expressway from their current building in Deerfield.
Still being negotiated by Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, who co-own the United Center, are possible plans to build a $75 million to $85 million, 260-square-foot retail complex in the parking lot between the arena and the new practice building. A number of restaurants, bars, a team store and an event space could also be included.
The Bulls will continue to practice at the Berto Center until the 2014-15 season. The new facility is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2014.