Bulls brass excited for impending opening of new practice facility

Bulls brass excited for impending opening of new practice facility
June 9, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

The Bulls brass sure seems excited about their new practice facility.

The Advocate Center is set to open in the next few months, and they are confident the 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility will bring the organization to new heights.

The main level of the facility will have two full-size basketball courts, locker rooms, video rooms, coaches' offices, a weight room, therapeutic pools and a designated media room. The second floor houses executive offices, conference rooms, a cardio room and a green roof terrace. Artist renderings were released last week via the Bulls' official Twitter account.

"It's amazing. We took so much time planning, looking at the pictures, the plans. Now my first time in here and it's just bigger than I thought it would be, so roomy, said Bulls general manager Gar Forman in a video released by the team (above). It's really going to be a world-class facility. It's going to be a huge, huge advantage for our players and for the entire organization."

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Head coach Tom Thibodeau also believes the new facility, located across the street from the United Center, will be a boon for the team. The Bulls have practiced at the Berto Center in Deerfield since 1992, making it a difficult commute for the players and coaching staff.

"We're thrilled. I think it will provide our players with everything that we're looking for," he said. "Just having the type of things that hopefully can give us an edge. We're going to have a great floor in here, a great weight room and then in terms of recovery I don't think there'll be any place better."

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The brand-new facility couldn't have come at a better time for a Bulls team expected to be major players in free agency this offseason. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf said last June, when ground broke on the building, that he hoped free agents would be attracted to the facility not only because of its state-of-the-art equipment, but also its proximity to the city.

"I think anytime you improve your facilities, it's a plus for free agency and one of the great things we have for attracting players is the city of Chicago itself, so this will make it easier for players to see they can enjoy the city because they're going to be right in the city."