And the Countdown is on…to the Opening of the New Bucks Arena!!


More formally known as the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, this exciting new downtown Milwaukee venue is set to open in the summer of 2018. SMPS Wisconsin members and guests received a sneak preview of the facility, which is currently under construction.

The new arena consists of 730,000 square feet, with a seating capacity of 17,500. 10,000 of these seats will be in the lower “bowl” area, so fans will really feel part of the action! The facility supports multiple floor configurations – not only basketball, but also hockey, concerts, and other entertainment events. An appearance by comedian Jim Gaffigan is the first event booked for the arena on September 22, 2018, but it won’t be the first one at the venue. The grand opening date and artist will be announced by the end of this year or early next year.

Some fun construction facts: 8,830 tons of structural steel and 89,417 structural bolts are being used in the construction, and the arena façade includes 3,000 exterior panels. The workforce will peak between 700 and 800 workers, and exceeds community participation goals with 40% RPP, 25% SBE, 8% minority, and 7% women participation.

Mortenson Construction is the construction manager of this outstanding facility. Many thanks to Bridget Kraus, Kyle Fons, Shane Marshall, and Jesse Kemp of Mortenson for organizing and leading this enlightening tour – looking forward to the Bucks arena completion as the keystone for the new world-class sports and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee!!

Thanks also to Ale Asylum Riverhouse for hosting the networking/social event after the tour!

The Author

Heidi Grogan, SMPS Wisconsin - Communications Director

Heidi Grogan, GRAEF, is a Senior Marketing Specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in proposal creation, qualification statements, and client presentations. She also collaborates on marketing strategy, social media, and website enhancements, and conducts client and market research.
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