End of an era for Milwaukee Admirals

Posted at 10:31 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 23:32:40-04

MILWAUKEE- Around 12,000 Milwaukee Admirals fans helped commemorate the end of an era Friday night. The team played the last regular season home game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, a stadium built for hockey in 1988.

"We did start in the old center and then coming over here and then we're going back so it'll be different, but it'll be good," said Diane Mertes, Waldo.

The team will move back to the UW-Milwaukee Panther arena next season, after 28 years at the Bradley Center.

"I'm kind of excited. It will be more intimate I think instead of you always have the upper decks empty so I think it will be better for the players because the crowd will be louder," explained Dave Johnson, Watertown.

Some fans aren't ready to go.

"I'm feeling more upset than sentimental because at least the Panther Arena stepped up and they'll be having the admirals for the next 10, 15 years," expresses Dennis Bednar, Milwaukee.

"I know there's some people that are disappointed we're not going to be part of the new arena, don't be, we're going to make the UWM Panther arena our home," explained Harris Turer, Admirals Owner.

Although he's optimistic, the move is sinking in for the teams owner as he reminisces about the time his kids spent at the Bradley Center.

"They were 7 and 4 so you're talking about literally your kids growing up and being a part of this organization," said Turer.

The Admirals will host two playoff games next weekend at the Bradley Center.