The Bulls announced the location of their new practice facility on Friday, four months after the franchise first decided that they wanted to move from the current spot in Deerfield, IL., to a location closer to the downtown area.
The location planned for the new facility is Parking Lot J, which sits east of the United Center across South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison Streets. Plans for the new facility remain in development and the project, which will be funded completely by the Bulls, is scheduled for completion in time for the 2014-2015 season.
"Today's announcement is the latest example of our longstanding commitment to the City of Chicago and to our fans," Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "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.''
According to Reinsdorf, Mayor Rahm Emanuel played a big part in the idea to move the team downtown.
"Mayor Emanuel has done a tremendous job promoting investment in the City of Chicago,'' Reinsdorf said. "The Mayor stressed that the Bulls brand is important to the city, nationally and internationally, and that the Bulls represent the spirit and competitive grit of Chicago. He thought centralizing our team assets inside the city limits would be a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to Chicago. We had been contemplating how to address the growing demands on our current practice facility for awhile, so the Mayor's timing and ours made sense.''
As far as the plans of the structure, the facility is anticipated to be approximately 55,000-square-feet in size. The firm, 360 Architects, has been selected as the lead project architect, and McHugh Construction has been named the General Contractor.
"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."
The Bulls have been practicing at the Sheri L. Berto Center since 1992, which they will now look to sell when they are ready to vacate.
"We share Mayor Emanuel's vision for the West Side and are proud that this new facility will be a major part of that vision," said President and COO Michael Reinsdorf. "Our current practice facility presented some limitations for us and as we looked to invest in the team's future, we recognized the importance of also investing in our community.''