MILWAUKEE - The new Milwaukee Bucks arena is closing in on another milestone as construction crews are less than a week away from fully enclosing the building.
Bucks management said the project is nearly 70 percent complete and it’s on time and on budget.
The exteriors of the arena are down to the finishing touches. The curved brown paneling along its side is expected to be complete in a couple weeks. As we head into the winter months, construction crews will focus on the inside.
"We are cruising along," said Bucks president Peter Feigin.
The future home of the Milwaukee bucks is constantly evolving with construction crews on the move. A giant glass facade will welcome fans to a view of the downtown skyline.
"This will be the main entrance as you come in and really an awesome vaulted view of the entire arena," Feigin said.
A rendering of the final project compared to today's work in progress shows the interior foundation and concrete in place.
"All the stairs are laid; all the general big pieces are done," Feigin said.
Just one year ago, the construction site was an empty lot. Feigin said the project is now 68-percent complete.
"The definition of enclosure, we're sealed tight on a weather basis," he said.
Inside the arena, a view from the gravel on the ground will be center court in less than a year.
Feigin said the lower bowl will get 10,000 fans much closer to the action than the BMO Harris Bradley Center where seating was structured for high-angle hockey views.
"We're going to start installing seats in about two weeks," said Feigin.
A trip upstairs to the suite level, you'll find tables and monitors already installed. Only four suites are still up for grabs for next season.