Chicago Bulls reveal renderings of new practice facility

April 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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CHICAGO, April 25 (UPI) -- Officials with the Chicago Bulls revealed renderings of the team's planned new practice center to the city's Plan Commission.

Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf and architect Jon Maxey appeared before the commission Wednesday and unveiled plans for the new facility, which the organization is aiming to have open by the 2014-15 season in the area currently occupied by a parking lot adjacent to United Center, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The plans were revealed to officials as a courtesy, as city zoning regulations already allow for the facility and no vote by the commission was required.

Reinsdorf said the current practice facility, the Berto Center in Deerfield, was built in 1993 and is "lacking in some of the state-of-the-art amenities that some of these new facilities have."

He said the features of the new building will include therapeutic pools, a larger court, better locker rooms and a video room.

"Our players, like most young adults, would prefer to live in Chicago as opposed to the suburbs, so for us it's a nice opportunity to offer our players the chance to live in Chicago, and we think it will attract players in the future," Reinsdorf said. "Knowing that the practice facility is in Chicago, that will allow them to live in Chicago."

The cost of the new facility was estimated at $25 million.

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