There's a lot to love in the Milwaukee Bucks new training facility, and TODAY’S TMJ4 toured the new center Thursday.
It's officially called the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center but it's not just an NBA basketball practice facility. It's a place where players can workout, hangout and checkout what's for lunch or dinner.
"I think Milwaukee deserved the best team," said Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Mike Fascitelli, "and the players and Milwaukee deserved the best facility and we think we delivered it."
The training center is right across the street from the new Bucks arena. It includes two basketball courts, three rehab pools, a massive weight room, a players lounge, a large kitchen with a personal chef and dietitian for the players.
The other cool feature is players can get haircuts thanks to Gee's Clippers.
"Part of our value proposition is Milwaukee," said Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin. "So we want to create a magnet for players, for staff, for employees that Milwaukee is a great place."
But it's not just what's inside the training center that's turning heads. It's another pivotal moment for downtown Milwaukee.
"I want to thank the Bucks, Froedtert and Medical College for being in the forefront and being in the starting five for making this happen," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin will not only provide health care to players but it will also open a health clinic right next door.
"It will be our first health center in the heart of the city," said Froedtert Health CEO Catherine Jacobson, "and it will provide much needed access to health care services to the residents of this community and surrounding neighborhoods."
Milwaukee-based Epstein and Uhen helped to design the training center. It is located near the old Park East Corridor that had been dormant years ago.
"The fact that the Bucks put in this amount of private development and private equity into this first facility, really made a commitment to this area, to this district, is just symbolic of their commitment to Milwaukee," said EUA CEO Greg Uhen.