Bucks return to MECCA to celebrate 50th anniversary

Bucks will play the Celtics on October 26th
Posted at 12:43 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 14:08:32-04

The Milwaukee Bucks announced that they will play the Celtics on October 26 at their old home, the former MECCA Arena (now UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena).

It’s all part of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Bucks played at the MECCA from 1968 until 1988, when they moved to the Bradley Center.

“What can be more fitting to celebrate 50 seasons of Milwaukee Bucks than returning to the venue that holds so much for the franchise’s history?” said Bucks President Peter Feign.

Feign also unveiled a retro uniform that the players will wear for the special MECCA game. 

One of the original Bucks, Jon McGlocklin, recounted the first ever Bucks game at the MECCA.  “Coming out the tunnel into the building where we were playing the Chicago Bulls was a moment that I can vividly see and recall.” 

McGlocklin who played 8 seasons with the Bucks and is the teams’ long time radio and television commentator also scored the first Bucks basket ever at the MECCA. 

In their 20 seasons at MECCA, the Bucks won an NBA Championship and played many playoff series - some again the Celtics.

The Thursday, October 26th game against the Celtics will tip off at 7:00 pm and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.