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HNTB ZS, LLC[3]

Services engineer M–E Engineers, Inc.[4]

General contractor Mortenson Construction[5]

Tenants

Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks (NBA) (2018–) planned Marquette Golden Eagles (NCAA) (2018–) planned

Website

wisconsinesc.com

The Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Entertainment and Sports Center is the tentative name of a $524 million multi-purpose arena in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Groundbreaking and construction began in June 2016, and completion is expected in 2018.[6] It will serve as the home of the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) and the Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team.[7]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Naming rights

2 Planning and design 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Despite being one of the premier NBA facilities when completed in 1988, the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Bradley Center
is currently one of the oldest active NBA arenas. The BMO Harris Bradley Center
Bradley Center
was donated by the family of longtime broadcaster Lloyd Pettit without any provision for the building's long-term capital needs or annual operating expenses. Although the facility is self-sufficient, the BMO Harris Bradley Center tenants, such as the Bucks, are at a disadvantage compared with other NBA teams because of the arrangement.[8] Building a new downtown arena was proposed by former Bucks owner and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. There was considerable discussion in the region about the idea of a publicly funded arena and ultimately no resolution was reached. In 2009, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Governor Jim Doyle
Jim Doyle
included a provision in the state's capital budget seeking $5 million in state bonding support to renovate the Bradley Center. The Bradley Center's board of directors told state officials that the building needed $23 million in renovations, so they reportedly agreed to raise the remaining $18 million on their own.[9] On September 18, 2013, then-deputy NBA commissioner Adam Silver
Adam Silver
toured the arena and said it was a few thousand square feet short of NBA standards, and also lacked numerous amenities.[10] On April 16, 2014, Kohl announced an agreement to sell the franchise to New York City hedge-fund investors Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. The deal included provisions for $100 million each from Kohl and the new ownership group, for a total of $200 million, toward the construction of a new downtown arena.[11] Soon afterward, the NBA gave the Bucks an ultimatum—get a new arena, or be close to completing a new arena, by the start of the 2017–18 season. If not, the league would buy the franchise from Lasry and Edens and sell the Bucks to one of two prospecting ownership groups; one in Las Vegas and the other in Seattle, which would've meant the certain departure of the Bucks from Milwaukee. On July 15, 2015, the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Senate approved funding for the new arena by a 21–10 margin, and on July 28, 2015, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved funding by a 52-34 margin.[12] On August 12, 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the arena spending plan at Wisconsin
Wisconsin
State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin.[13] The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
city council voted 12-3 on September 22, 2015, to approve the plan. The city's Plan Commission gave unanimous conditional approval to the Bucks' general development plans for land in the Park East Corridor on November 23, while acknowledging possible parking problems in the area.[14] On April 13, 2016, the Bucks signed a 30-year lease to play in the new arena. In addition Marquette University
Marquette University
has agreed to lease the arena for its home games, beginning in 2018.[15] The official groundbreaking was during the 2nd annual Bucks Block Party on June 18, 2016.[16] On May 2, 2017, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks President Peter Feigin stated that construction of the arena remains on schedule and on budget. Feigin's announcement was from the site of the new arena, after the first roof truss was installed and bolted into place. The roof was officially topped off on August 24, 2017. The first live concert event in the WESC will be played by Maroon 5
Maroon 5
on September 16, 2018. [17] The arena is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018–19 NBA season.[18] The Bucks will play their first game at the WESC in October or November of 2018, at the opening of the 2018-19 NBA season.

Construction progress as of May 13, 2017

Naming rights[edit] The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks are in talks with Foxconn
Foxconn
to have naming rights of the arena, but no agreement has been reached as of April 2018.[19] Local companies including Johnson Controls, Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, and BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank
have agreed to be partners with the Bucks, but not as the naming rights partner for the new arena.[20][21] Planning and design[edit] The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks released the first images[22] and details of their vision for the development of a new multi-purpose arena and sports and entertainment district to revitalize downtown Milwaukee
Milwaukee
on April 8, 2015. The images depict early conceptual drawings of a new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district that anchor an ambitious new development vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The proposed site, which primarily sits between 4th Street and 6th Street from State Street to McKinley Avenue, will seamlessly link with active development on all sides, including Old World Third Street, Schlitz Park, The Brewery, the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
riverfront, Water Street and the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Center. Populous and HNTB, two firms from Kansas City, are leading the arena design team with participation from Milwaukee
Milwaukee
firm Eppstein Uhen.[23] The arena is intended to be the focal point of a "live block" zone that includes public space surrounded by both commercial and residential development.[24] Initial renderings of the arena show a transparent facade and a curved roof and side meant to evoke the water forms of nearby Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
and the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
River.[25] The WESC is planned to hold 17,500 people and will have fewer luxury suites, but more club seating than the BMO Harris Bradley Center.[26] It will also feature a layout and equipment for an NHL/NCAA-regulation ice hockey rink and ice shows such as Disney on Ice, thus it still will be able to host the NCAA
NCAA
Frozen Four as the BMO Harris Bradley Center did in the past in 1993, 1997 and 2006. However, the American Hockey League's Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals returned to the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
Arena
in the 2016-17 season as they were not approached to play games in the arena. The Bucks are also contractually bound not to recruit current tenants of the Panther Arena
Arena
to move their events to the WESC.[27] The WESC also will have the largest symmetric scoreboard in the NBA.[28] See also[edit]

List of NCAA
NCAA
Division I basketball arenas

References[edit]

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Milwaukee
Bucks Arena". ICON Venue Group. Retrieved May 19, 2016.  ^ " Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks – Basketball Arena". ZS, LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2016.  ^ "Arenas". M–E Engineers, Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2016.  ^ Barrett, Rick (March 21, 2016). "Mortenson Construction to Build Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks' New Arena". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 19, 2016.  ^ ""Engine for future growth:" Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks, Design Team Release Vision for New Multi-Purpose Arena". WITI. Milwaukee. April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.  ^ "Bucks Announce $1 Billion Arena
Arena
Package". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. March 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.  ^ Walker, Don (December 13, 2008). " Bradley Center
Bradley Center
a Home-Court Disadvantage". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 16, 2011.  ^ Walker, Don (March 26, 2009). "Doyle Budget Includes Help for Bradley Center". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 16, 2011.  ^ Kirchen, Rich (September 18, 2013). "Incoming NBA Commissioner Silver Says Bradley Center
Bradley Center
Unfit for League". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Business Journal. Retrieved June 10, 2014.  ^ Walker, Don (April 17, 2014). "Kohl Sells Bucks for $550 Million; $200 Million Pledged for New Arena". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved June 10, 2014.  ^ " Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Assembly approves Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks arena funding deal; Gov. Walker says he'll sign it". FOX6Now.com. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ By Brendan O'Brien (2015-08-12). "Wisconsin's Walker signs NBA arena spending plan for Milwaukee". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ Posted 5:13 pm, November 23, 2015, by Theo Keith (2015-11-23). "Plan Commission approves general Bucks arena development plans; but new parking problems arise". Fox6now.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) ^ Terry Sater (2016-04-13). "Done deal: Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks sign 30-year lease for arena". Wisn.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ Romell, Rick (June 18, 2016). " Arena
Arena
groundbreaking brings enthusiasm for Bucks". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved January 12, 2017.  ^ http://wisconsinesc.com/event/maroon-5/ ^ Pete Zervakis (2017-05-02). "Roof installation begins on new Bucks arena - Story". Wtmj.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ Kirchen, Rich; Gallagher, Shaun (2017-07-29). " Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks pitching arena naming rights to Foxconn". TMJ 4. Retrieved 2017-08-06.  ^ "Peter Feigin puts international spin on pitch for Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks arena naming rights".  ^ Heitner, Darren. " Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks Want Naming Rights Sponsor At $7-10 Million Per Year".  ^ "Park East and designs for arena". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 8 April 2015.  ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2015/02/25/milwaukeebucks-name-eppstein-uhen-populous-hntb-as.html ^ About Mary Louise Schumacher (2015-04-08). "Design for new Bucks arena aims to 'embrace idea of modern architecture'". Jsonline.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ "Early design of new Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks arena". Wisn.com. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2016/04/23/club-seats-will-outweigh-suites-at-new.html ^ Kirchen, Rich (April 25, 2016). " Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks arena will include ice rink to host NHL, NCAA
NCAA
games". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Business Journal. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ Carlton, Jimmy (2017-02-21). "Bucks introduce NBA's largest center-hung scoreboard for new arena". OnMilwaukee. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 

External links[edit]

Official Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Entertainment and Sports Center Website Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks Construction cam

Events and tenants

Preceded by BMO Harris Bradley Center Home of the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks 2018-present Succeeded by current

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Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks

Founded in 1968 Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Franchise

Franchise 1968 Expansion Draft All-time roster Draft history Seasons Records Head coaches Current season

Arenas

MECCA Arena BMO Harris Bradley Center Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Entertainment and Sports Center (planned for 2018)

General managers

Erickson Embry Nelson D. Harris Dunleavy Weinhauer Grunfeld L. Harris Hammond Horst

G League affiliate

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Herd

Administration

Owner Wesley Edens & Marc Lasry General Manager Jon Horst Head Coach Joe Prunty (interm)

Retired numbers

1 2 4 10 14 16 32 33

Hall of Famers

Lew Alcindor Ray Allen Nate Archibald Dave Cowens Wayne Embry Alex English Bob Lanier Moses Malone Oscar Robertson

NBA Championships (1)

1971

Conference Championships (2)

1971 1974

Division titles (13)

1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 2001

Culture & lore

The Big O Bango The Fastest Expansion Champion MECCA Court Fear the Deer The Greek Freak

Media

TV Fox Sports Wisconsin

Jim Paschke (play-by-play) Gus Johnson (part-time play-by-play) Jon McGlocklin (color) Marques Johnson
Marques Johnson
(part-time color)

Radio WTMJ

Ted Davis Dennis Krause

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Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball

Venues

Marquette Gymnasium (1922–1974) Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Arena
Arena
(1974–1988) BMO Harris Bradley Center
Bradley Center
(1988–2018) Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Entertainment and Sports Center (2018–future) Al McGuire Center
Al McGuire Center
(practice)

Culture & lore

"Ring Out Ahoya" "Jump Around Guy"

People

Head coaches NBA players

Seasons

1916–17 1917–18 1918–19 1919–20 1920–21 1921–22 1922–23 1923–24 1924–25 1925–26 1926–27 1927–28 1928–29 1929–30 1930–31 1931–32 1932–33 1933–34 1934–35 1935–36 1936–37 1937–38 1938–39 1939–40 1940–41 1941–42 1942–43 1943–44 1944–45 1945–46 1946–47 1947–48 1948–49 1949–50 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59 1959–60 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19

NCAA
NCAA
national championship in bold; NCAA
NCAA
Final Four appe

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