The Chicago Bulls announced they will build a new basketball practice facility on a site next to the United Center on Chicago's West Side.
"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 Raum 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."
Parking Lot J, which sits east of the United Center across South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison Streets, is the location planned for the new facility, depicted in a preliminary architectural rendering by 360 Architects. Plans remain under development and the project funded fully by the Bulls is scheduled for completion in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Current plans call for the facility is be about 55,000 square feet. McHugh Construction has been named the general contractor.
When the team announced the practice facility relocation earlier this year, Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf credited the mayor with the idea to move the facility.
"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," Reinsdorf said.
The Bulls have practiced at the Sheri L. Berto Center in Deerfield, IL, since 1992. The team intends to sell the current practice facility. The team plans to share with fans and the public additional information on the new practice facility, including updated renderings and other building details, as the project moves forward.