Goodbye, Delaware 87ers. Hello, Delaware Blue Coats.
The Sixers on Wednesday announced their new G League affiliate brand identity for the 2018-19 season.
The team name Blue Coats comes from the first Delaware Regiment soldiers.
"Our players will be proud to wear ‘Blue Coats’ across their chests for all it will come to represent," Blue Coats general manager Elton Brand said. "First-in-class player development, team culture, fan engagement and local activism.”
The Blue Coats’ primary logo was designed to show Caesar Rodney's horseback ride of 1776, which he took from Wilmington to Philadelphia to vote for independence.
“This new identity serves as a strong extension of the Philadelphia 76ers brand and represents Delaware’s important role in our nation’s history," Sixers president of business operations Chris Heck said.
The Sixers further explained in the announcement:
“Rodney, portrayed in the team’s primary logo palming a basketball and seated on a saddle emblazoned with the iconic 76, briefly commanded the Delaware Regiment when its esteemed Colonel John Haslet was lost at the Battle of Princeton. Further solidifying their place in American lore, 100 brave Delaware Regiment soldiers clad in blue coats famously crossed the Delaware River alongside General George Washington in December 1776.”
The Blue Coats also will have a new arena. The 76ers Fieldhouse will open in the fourth quarter of this year. The facility will host approximately 2,500 fans.
The team will announce secondary and partial logos leading up to the 76ers Fieldhouse opening.
Who plays in the G-League under the sea?
The Delaware 87ers, that’s who.
Wednesday is Nickelodeon Night at the 87ers’ game against the Erie BayHawks and the home squad is going with outstanding SpongeBob SquarePants uniforms.
Outrageous uniforms are commonplace in minor-league baseball, but it’s great to see the G-League embracing an outside-of-the-box look for a good cause.
The 87ers are raising money from ticket sales and a jersey auction to benefit CHILD, Inc., which provides programs for children and families that have been impacted by domestic violence.
Tipoff for Nickelodeon Night is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center at University of Delaware.
The 87ers entered Tuesday night’s game against Santa Cruz at 6-14 on the season, but maybe this is what they need to get them out of the Bikini Bottom of the standings.
The Sixers' G League team is getting a new home next season: the 76ers Fieldhouse.
The 140,000-square-foot, multi-purpose sports complex and youth training center will be located in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) partnered with The Buccini/Pollin Group to develop this as a center for Delaware’s youth sports.
The 76ers Fieldhouse will hold approximately 2,500 fans for each G League game. The Sixers' G League affiliate, currently the Delaware 87ers, will be rebranded next season pending league approval.
“I’m thrilled to congratulate the Philadelphia 76ers organization and HBSE on what is sure to be a best-in-class NBA G League facility,” NBA G League president Malcolm Turner said. “It’s wonderful to see the 76ers invest not only in the continued development of young players but also in the Delaware community through this innovative, multi-use building.”
The complex will feature three full-size professional basketball courts, a pair of indoor turf soccer fields, and a sports performance and athletic training section. Additionally, there will be programs on basketball skills training and development, physical fitness, nutrition and wellness.
“We are proud to welcome the 76ers and their NBA G League team to the City of Wilmington," Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki said. "The new sports facility will be among the finest in the country for a city our size. This Fieldhouse, larger than the Chase Center, will be an outstanding venue for the Delaware sports-hungry public. This also answers our residents’ call for healthy options for our kids. Wilmington’s children will be primary beneficiaries of the many levels of programming provided by this magnificent facility."
A groundbreaking ceremony for the 76ers Fieldhouse is slated for the first quarter in 2018.