Bulls brass, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others helped break ground on the team's new $25 million practice facility Monday, officially setting in motion the grand 2014 Plan that we've heard about for some time. I'm only joking somewhat, as the new facility is expected to be ready in time for the 2014-15 season. Maybe it will help recruit big-time free agents! (HA)
Here's a few details on the project, taken from ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg's piece on the ceremony:
- 60,000 square feet
- Two basketball courts
- A video room
- Multiple therapeutic pools and other training amenities
- View of championship banners from Madison St.
- New CTA Blue Line stop "near" the area
- Possible 260,000 square foot retail/restaurant complex down the line likely dependent on property tax breaks
An interesting note is that Jerry Reinsdorf wanted to build a bigger facility in Deerfield, but Emanuel pushed for this location. I have to say it's probably a good thing that Jerry gave in on this one.