It’s time to make your plans for the upcoming 2018-19 NBA G League season.
Season tickets are on sale now for the Delaware Blue Coats, the Philadelphia 76ers’ G League affiliate franchise.
The Blue Coats not only have a fresh look under the new brand identity, but the team also has a fresh home at the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. This presents a unique opportunity for fans to find their seats inside a brand new building. 76ers Fieldhouse Opening Night is scheduled for Friday, January 4 against the Grand Rapids Drive at 7:00 p.m.
“There’s a few things that we’ve been consistent with from the beginning,” said Blue Coats President Larry Meli. “Honestly, it’s kind of like a three-ring circus in a way. In the center ring, we have some of the most elite athletes in the world, guys that are on the cusp of making it to the NBA. I think recently the stat was that fifty percent of the guys in the NBA have G League ties. So you’re seeing high-level basketball. Fast paced. Most of our games are done in two hours. And you’re seeing it in this intimate arena, some high quality basketball.
“And then it’s everything else surrounding it. From an experiential standpoint, when you come in the arena, we try to cater to all different walks of life. We have a kids’ zone. In the [76ers] Fieldhouse, we’re going to have turf adjacent to the court where we can bring in the inflatables, cartoon artists, and our mascot. But we’re also going to be able to run some clinics that are outside of basketball. Whether it’s a soccer clinic or a kickball tournament, we can do some really cool things while the game is going on to keep kids and families entertained.”
There is a range of affordable options for fans to experience the family-friendly environment that the 76ers Fieldhouse will offer. Full season tickets are available for less than $9 per game, and there won’t be a bad seat in the house at the 2,500 seat multi-purpose arena. For those desiring VIP seating, select rows receive complimentary food, beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Additionally, purchasing Blue Coats season tickets gives fans pre-sale access to Sixers tickets.
“You talk about the basketball fanatic, you literally can sit courtside for seventy bucks and see some really great basketball,” Meli said. “You’ll see some guys from the Sixers who are going to be assigned down. I think that’s pretty special and unique that you get that up close and personal touch. And then for our business clients, we’re going to have a hospitality room and VIP club. We want to make it into the place to be. Whether it’s a speaker series and Scott O’Neil’s coming down to talk to young professionals, or we bring in some local community leaders that are going to talk about some of the great changes that are happening in Wilmington, I think it’s going to give people an opportunity to have that sense of community. You come in, you network, you meet people, and you also maybe hear from some people that have had some great success in their career.”
With NBA Two-Way Contracts, each NBA team has two players who can be called up from the G League for up to 45 days. The Sixers signed second-round draft pick Shake Milton and third-year pro Demetrius Jackson to two-way deals in July. Meli sees two-way players as a primary factor in the buzz surrounding the G League. He also sees location as a reason why fans should be excited about the Blue Coats in particular.
“I think our proximity to the Sixers is huge,” Meli said. “The idea that we have two-way players now that play in the G League, I think that definitely gives some credibility. The idea that we can assign players from the Sixers down to play–we saw that with Furkan [Korkmaz] last year. Multiple guys throughout our history have come down because we are so close. I think that is a really positive thing and it gets a really good vibe going for the league. Plus Nike, Gatorade, and all of these unbelievable brands that are now associated with the G League give us instant credibility as well.”
In Wilmington, the multi-purpose aspect of the 76ers Fieldhouse has a potential of its own. The new space for the Blue Coats gives the organization even more opportunities to positively impact the community.
“I think the great thing about sports teams is that we can affect change,” Meli said. “And we can impact kids. Along with what we already do in the community, we have all of these incredible assets in the [76ers] Fieldhouse. The turf. The courts. Bringing kids out to give them a chance to play on the court that the pros play on.
“Or even just [to] be a beacon of light for kids in general, something they can aspire to be apart of, so that someday maybe they can train and play there.”
The 76ers Fieldhouse will be the place to be. Don’t miss out on your chance to get in from the very start.