NBA to open first-of-its kind center in Tianjin in 2015

Updated: 2012-10-12 21:57

By Sun Xiaochen (China Daily)

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Want to have dinner in an NBA-themed cafe? Want to work out in a gym featuring NBA facilities?

The NBA Center is the place for you.

NBA China and the Yatai Lanhai Investment Group announced a partnership on Thursday to jointly design, develop and build the first-of-its-kind facility in Tianjin's Wuqing District.

This four-floor building will cover 12,000 square meters in the middle of New Water Town, Yatai Lanhai's new 2,300 acre development. The NBA Center is expected to be operational by 2015.

"The NBA Center will promote the development of sport in Wuqing with its after-school programs and recreational leagues for students, corporations, and local organizations," Luo Fulai, head of Wuqing District, said.

"This project gives our fans of all ages a permanent destination to experience the NBA on multiple levels — from shopping, dining, and playing interactive games to learning basketball, training and conditioning all under one roof," said NBA China CEO David Shoemaker.

The center will consist of an NBA-style indoor basketball court on the top floor, a state-of-the-art fitness center below and a restaurant offering casual dining and a place to watch games.

A basketball-themed play zone for children and an NBA store will also be included.