Chicago Relocation

Chicago’s New Bull Pen

November 7, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

Below are some comments from Baird &Warner’s own Tom Gill.

The Chicago Bulls official website reported on June 13th that team would be relocating their pracrice facility to a downtown location.

Since 1992, the Berto center in Deerfield Illinois has been the practice center of one Chicago’s most loved sports team, Da Bulls. Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf announced in June however that the team will be moving the practice center to downtown Chicago. This came after the hard work of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been pitching the move to the Bulls owners. Currently the team is exploring a number of sites throughout the city.

As a die-hard Bulls fan, I love the move into the city. It allows the Bulls to expand in a way they couldn’t at the Berto Center, because of growth limitations. It also promotes the investment of Chicago by bringing players even closer to the city they so proudly represent. It will put the practice facility in close range to the United Center, where the Bulls play all of their home games. Currently, each player needs to commute to and from facilities, which are about 30 miles apart. Add that with Chicago traffic and players have a lengthy commute. The move would cut travel times, and it makes it easier for players to access the practice center.

The Chicago Bulls represent the hardworking attitude Chicago prides itself in, and I believe the shift into the city is a great move for the city as well as the team.


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