The Advocate Center provides the players of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls with premier facilities for conditioning, practice and rehabilitation in a space adjacent to their home arena, the United Center.
The building’s 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 roof terrace that highlights the building’s green roof as well as executive offices, conference rooms and a cardio room.
The building’s tinted glazing becomes increasingly transparent as it approaches ceiling heights, allowing the windows to draw in natural light while providing privacy.
Embedded technologies in training areas collect player data and stats for real-time analytics. Specially designed to absorb shockwaves, the floor of the basketball court helps reduce player injuries. To simulate game conditions during practice, a sound system pipes in loud crowd noise.