MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Admirals are moving across State Street.
The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a 10-year lease agreement between the Admirals and the UW Panther Arena. The Admirals currently play 38 home games each season, plus playoffs, running from October to June.
"With the new revenue and economic activity generated by this partnership, we are one step closer to realizing an exciting vision for the future of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and downtown as a whole,” said WCD Board Chairman Scott Neitzel.
The Admirals have skated at the Bradley Center since its completion in 1988, but the move makes sense for the team as they try to create a more intimate experience.
Team officials tell TODAY'S TMJ4 the Admirals average roughly 5,800 fans a game, with peak attendance reaching 10,000. UW Panther Arena has a capacity of 12,700, while the Bradley Center has a much more cavernous capacity of 19,000.
Also at the Bradley Center, the Bucks collect 27.5% of all concession revenue; by moving, the Admirals will no longer have to forfeit that cash.
The Admirals last game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center will be April 15th.