The Philadelphia 76ers announced their 2010 preseason schedule today, highlighted by two home games at the newly renamed Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center) in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 vs. Boston and Oct. 20 vs. New York.

The Sixers will open the preseason against the New Jersey Nets at the Roanoke Civic Center on Oct. 5.  The Roanoke Civic Center is operated and managed by Global Spectrum, the public assembly facility management subsidiary of the Sixers parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.  It is the first game for the Sixers in the state of Virginia since playing in Norfolk back in 2003 and is the first professional basketball game at the Roanoke Civic Center since 1997, when the Charlotte Hornets faced off against the Detroit Pistons in the preseason.

“We are excited to bring the Philadelphia 76ers to Roanoke,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “Through Global Spectrum’s affiliation in the Comcast-Spectacor Family of Companies, we are able to utilize all of our company’s resources to bring events like preseason 76ers basketball to our Global Spectrum facilities.”

New Head Coach Doug Collins and Evan Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, will make their Philly debuts against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics on Oct. 12.  The Sixers close out the 2010 preseason at home on Oct. 20 against the retooled New York Knicks, featuring free agent addition Amar’e Stoudemire.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 2010 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT         LOCATION                VENUE                            TIME

Tues., Oct. 5     New Jersey          Roanoke, VA              Roanoke Civic Center        7:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 6     Boston                 Boston, MA                TD Garden                        7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9       New Jersey          Newark, NJ                 Prudential Center              1:00 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 12   Boston                 Philadelphia, PA         Wells Fargo Center           7:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 13    Toronto                Toronto, ON                Air Canada Centre             7:00 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 19   Cleveland             Cincinnati, OH            U.S. Bank Arena               7:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 20    New York             Philadelphia, PA         Wells Fargo Center           7:00 p.m.

(All times are Eastern and are subject to change)