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The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

The Chicago authorities in 2017 decided to convert the unused rooms of historic buildings into spaces for exhibitions and creative events. So Nike got the idea to create a large basketball court inside one of the inactive churches - with a playing field, changing rooms and a gym.

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

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The goal of this project was to attract young people to basketball on a large scale. The renovated church already hosts training sessions for girls and boys aged 7 to 17 throughout the working week, and on weekends the house of God is open to ordinary parishioners, the main thing is to sign up for training on the official website in advance.

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

Photo: instagram.com/nikechicago

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

Photo: instagram.com/nikechicago

Having changed the interior of the church beyond recognition, the architects did not touch the outer facade at all. And the building still continues to delight visitors with its medieval Empire design. As for internal changes, instead of the usual benches in the very center of the cathedral, a large basketball court appeared, and stained glass windows with religious themes were replaced with patterned glass drawings of a basketball.

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

Photo: instagram.com/nikechicago

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

Photo: instagram.com/nikechicago

In August this year, the church received a new life. Now it is a space for interactive seminars, professional speeches and training. The first open workshop for schoolchildren was given by Scottie Pippen, the legendary Chicago Bulls player who played with Michael Jordan for many years.

The basketball temple: the most unusual training space

Photo: instagram.com/nikechicago

Chicago is famous for its great love of basketball culture, which is why the Temple of Basketball appeared there. Appeared to be a cult destination for boys and girls who dream of moving like Jordan and scoring like LeBron.

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