On early Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia 76ers announced via Twitter that the Delaware 87ers, their G League affiliate, would be renamed into the Delaware Blue Coats for the 2018-19 season. This rebranding is inspired the blue uniforms worn by the 1st Delaware Regiment, an infantry that fought for the United States during the Revolutionary War. Meanwhile, the Blue Coats’ logo is meant to honor Caesar Rodney, who rode his horse from Delaware to Philadelphia to cast the tie-breaking vote for the Declaration of Independence.
Obviously, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as the Philadelphia 76ers honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Meanwhile, the now-former Delaware 87ers name honors the fact that the state was the first one to sign the United States Constitution in 1787. Considering that both of those events took place in Philadelphia, it makes a lot of sense for the organization to honor the major events that laid the groundwork for this country.
In addition to teaching folks about early American history, this rebranding also deals with the team moving from Newark to Wilmington, Delaware. This relocation deals with the Blue Coats playing at the 76ers Fieldhouse, a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose sports complex that will open up later this year.
That move will be an upgrade for the 87ers as they’ll actually get their own arena to play in as they previously shared the Bob Carpenter Center with the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Them moving into own facility could pay immediate dividends as the team has this huge state-of-the-art facility where they can do anything to improve a team from both an on and off-court perspective.
In addition to playing regular season, they can actually practice in their own location as the 76ers Fieldhouse holds three full-size professional basketball courts. From an off-court perspective, the Blue Coats players could make their way to the Titus Sports Academy performance training center to help improve as athletes.
If you’re interested in learning more about the team and/or interested to find a way to get some season tickets, make your way to the Delaware Blue Coats official site.