New Bucks arena 95% done, team ready to move in

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 18:31:25-04

The new Bucks arena is now 95 percent complete, according to Bucks President Peter Feigin.  

On Friday, we got a sneak peek at some of the new features inside.

Feigin says the team will start moving in employees in July, with events beginning at the end of August. 

After almost two years of work, only the finishing touches are left.

“This will be one of the wow areas,” Feigin said during a media tour of the Bucks locker room. “This is the first time the public is seeing this.”

“Players can have a meal here, work out, get medical services and treatment after the game,” Feigin also said. “There are hydrotherapy tubs, cryo-machines, and so much more. The Bucks new coach Mike Budenholzer got a tour of this and couldn’t believe it.”

Feigin also provided a first look at the atrium. It’s the arena’s grand entrance, which can eventually be rented out.

“People will be able to have weddings here, corporate events and so much more,” he said. 

The focus of every space in the new arena is versatility. To go beyond basketball, and host a wide range of events. 

“So we can easily adjust to attract and host big-name music acts and other sporting events like the frozen four, the NCAA tournament, UCF and WWE fights, even the Ice Capades," he said.

With only about 5 percent of work left to do, Feigin says they’re busy securing 10 to 12 more big-name acts for 2018-2019. Those acts/events will be announced within the next month or two.

Feigin says Pink’s concert at the arena next year has been the fastest-selling show on her tour so far. 

“That really says something about Milwaukee,” he said. “This is going to be a game-changer for our city in attracting bigger names to perform.”

One thing the Feigin still won’t reveal is what the arena will be called, and what local company was awarded naming rights. He says that will come very soon.