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Chicago Bulls open new practice facility next to United Center, move from suburbs


CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls on Friday officially opened the team's new training facility next door to Chicago's United Center, moving into the city from the suburbs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, team executives John Paxson and Gar Forman and others took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the 60,000 square-foot Advocate Center. It is next door to the United Center, where the Bulls play home games.

The opening comes about two years after the team announced it was relocating is training facility to Chicago from suburban Deerfield, where the Bulls have practiced at the Berto Center since 1992. A few months later the team broke ground on the land across the street from the United Center.

In a news release, Emanuel said the Bulls' investment "is helping to drive the revitalization of a great neighborhood" on the city's West Side.

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