The facility, which will be near the United Center, is scheduled to be ready for use before the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The move is in part meant to save time and attract more players towards living in the city, as the Bulls' current facility, the Berto Center, is located in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield.
"The Berto's been great and it's served us well for a long time, and we all enjoy living out there," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said in Sam's report. "The big issue is basically the traffic on gameday, so it's become more problematic for us."
Traffic in and out of Chicago was a major part of the decision to construct the new facility in the city. In the report, forward Taj Gibson expressed his excitement in the time the new location will save:
"It's going to be great. Get more sleep on game days instead of going through all that traffic. Hopefully I'll be able to move downtown. I think it's going to be a better environment. That traffic kills you every day. When you're coming to the game, you're in traffic for like two hours every time."