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A New NBA Training Facility on Chicago’s West Side

Advocate Center Chicago Bulls Practice Facility
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

Image credit Bob McKendrick

“We are confident that the Advocate Center’s unparalleled amenities and modern technology, coupled with the convenience of a downtown location, will provide our players with the tools they need to compete at the highest level.”

Gar Forman
General Manager, Chicago Bulls

The Advocate Center provides the players of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls with premier facilities for conditioning, practice and rehabilitation.

The Bulls’ new practice facility is adjacent to their home arena, the United Center on Chicago’s West Side.

HOK designed the Advocate Center to provide a seamless transition as the players move between training, fitness, therapy and nutrition.

The main level houses two full-size basketball courts, expanded locker rooms with hydrotherapy pools, a video room, coaches’ offices, a weight room, a media room and, in the players’ lounge, the first NBA-installed Gatorade Sports Fuel Bar. The second floor contains a green roof terrace, executive offices, conference rooms and a cardio room.

One of the building’s distinct features is the integration of glazing and natural light. As people move from the entry up toward the roofline, glazing becomes increasingly transparent, drawing in natural light while providing privacy where needed.

The facility has embedded technologies that collect player data and stats for real-time analytics. Designed to absorb shockwaves, the floor of the basketball court helps reduce player injuries. To simulate game conditions during practice, a sound system recreates the volume of loud, cheering fans.

To accommodate the players’ needs for privacy and safety, the building provides dedicated private and public entrances.

SIZE

60,000 sq. ft. / 5,575 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Graphics
Interior Design

NEWS

12 September 2014
“Chicago Bulls Host Opening of Advocate Center” 
Chicago Bulls News