Coalition created to fight construction of new Philadelphia 76ers arena near Chinatown

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A group continues their push to oppose the proposed 76ers arena for Center City Philadelphia.

They announced the Chinatown Coalition to Oppose the Arena on Monday morning.

The proposed $1.3 billion arena, called 76 Place, would be located along Market Street between 10th and 11th Streets in the Chinatown neighborhood.

The new coalition said it had obtained the signatures of the owners of at least 90 companies opposed to the arena.

Opponents of the arena said its construction would destroy Chinatown.

“This community has been here for 150 years. We’re not stupid. We know this is a land grab. We know that the interest of billionaire developers is taking our country and wiping out our community,” said Steven Zhu, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association.

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The Sixers argue that the arena will help the city, and developers have said they will continue to work to earn trust and address concerns.

Developers plan to demolish a block of the Fashion District Mall to make room.

Demolition for the proposed area would begin in 2026, construction would begin in 2028, and the arena would open in September 2031.

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