Fiserv Forum

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Fiserv Forum
Fiserv Forum logo.png
Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center - Northeast view.jpg
Former namesWisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center (during construction)
Address1111 Vel R. Phillips Avenue
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°2′42.1″N 87°55′5.4″W / 43.045028°N 87.918167°W / 43.045028; -87.918167Coordinates: 43°2′42.1″N 87°55′5.4″W / 43.045028°N 87.918167°W / 43.045028; -87.918167
OwnerWisconsin Center District
OperatorMilwaukee Bucks
TypeArena
Capacity17,500
Construction
Broke groundJune 18, 2016
OpenedAugust 26, 2018[6]
Construction cost$524 million
($534 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectPopulous
HNTB
Eppstein Uhen Architects
Project managerICON Venue Group[2]
Structural engineerHNTB ZS, LLC[3]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractorMortenson Construction[5]
Tenants
Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) (2018–present)
Marquette Golden Eagles (NCAA) (2018–present)
Website
www.fiservforum.com

Fiserv Forum (/fˈsərv fɒrˈəm/) is a multi-purpose arena located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Groundbreaking and construction began on June 18, 2016, and the arena received its certificate of occupancy on June 5, 2018.[7][8][9] It is the home of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team of Marquette University.[10][11] The arena opened on August 26, 2018.[6]

History[edit]

Despite being one of the premier NBA facilities when completed in 1988, the BMO Harris Bradley Center was one of the oldest active NBA arenas by the end of the Bucks' tenancy in 2018. Only Madison Square Garden in New York City and Oracle Arena in Oakland were older than the Bradley Center; however, both Madison Square Garden and Oracle Arena were substantially renovated during their lifetimes, although Oracle Arena is scheduled to be replaced by the new Chase Center in San Francisco in 2019. The BMO Harris Bradley Center was donated by the family of longtime broadcaster Lloyd Pettit without any provision for the building's long-term capital needs or annual operating expenses. Although the facility was self-sufficient, the BMO Harris Bradley Center tenants, such as the Bucks, were at a disadvantage compared with other NBA teams because of the arrangement.[12]

Building a new downtown arena was proposed by former Bucks owner and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. There was considerable discussion in the region about the idea of a publicly funded arena and ultimately no resolution was reached. In 2009, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle included a provision in the state's capital budget seeking $5 million in state bonding support to renovate the Bradley Center. The Bradley Center's board of directors told state officials that the building needed $23 million in renovations, so they reportedly agreed to raise the remaining $18 million on their own.[13]

On September 18, 2013, then-deputy NBA commissioner Adam Silver toured the arena and said it was a few thousand square feet short of NBA standards, and also lacked numerous amenities.[14] On April 16, 2014, Kohl announced an agreement to sell the franchise to New York City hedge-fund investors Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. The deal included provisions for $100 million each from Kohl and the new ownership group, for a total of $200 million, toward the construction of a new downtown arena.[15] Soon afterward, the NBA gave the Bucks an ultimatum—get a new arena, or be close to completing a new arena, by the start of the 2017–18 season. If not, the league would buy the franchise from Lasry and Edens and sell the Bucks to one of two prospecting ownership groups; one in Las Vegas and the other in Seattle, which would have meant the certain departure of the Bucks from Milwaukee. On July 15, 2015, the Wisconsin Senate approved funding for the new arena by a 21–10 margin, and on July 28, 2015, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved funding by a 52-34 margin.[16] On August 12, 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the arena spending plan at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin.[17]

The Milwaukee city council voted 12-3 on September 22, 2015, to approve the plan. The city's Plan Commission gave unanimous conditional approval to the Bucks' general development plans for land in the Park East Corridor on November 23, while acknowledging possible parking problems in the area.[18]

On April 13, 2016, the Bucks signed a 30-year lease to play in the new arena. In addition Marquette University has agreed to lease the arena for its home games, beginning in 2018.[19]

The official groundbreaking was during the 2nd annual Bucks Block Party on June 18, 2016.[7][20]

On May 2, 2017, Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin stated that construction of the arena remained on schedule and on budget. Feigin's announcement was from the site of the new arena, after the first roof truss was installed and bolted into place. The roof was officially topped off on August 24, 2017. On August 26, 2018, Fiserv Forum was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 4th annual Bucks Block Party. The first live event at Fiserv Forum was The Killers with Violent Femmes on September 4, 2018.[21][22]

The Bucks played their inaugural game at the Fiserv Forum during the preseason against the Chicago Bulls on October 3, 2018. They won the game 116–82.[23] Their regular season home opener was played on October 19, 2018, against the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks won, 118-101.[24]

Northwest view
Southwest view
Fiserv Forum construction progress as of July 15, 2018 - Exterior work essentially complete.

Naming rights[edit]

Local companies including Johnson Controls, Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, and BMO Harris Bank have agreed to be partners with the Bucks, but not for naming rights.[25][26] On July 26, 2018, the Bucks agreed to a 25-year naming rights deal with Fiserv.[27][28]

Concerts and events[edit]

Date Artist Opening act(s) / Guests Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
September 4, 2018 The Killers Violent Femmes Wonderful Wonderful World Tour TBA / TBA N/A First concert in arena.[22]
September 13, 2018 Kevin Hart TBD The Irresponsible Tour TBA / TBA N/A [21]
September 16, 2018 Maroon 5 Julia Michaels Red Pill Blues Tour 10,496 / 11,374 N/A [29]
September 21, 2018 Justin Timberlake TBD Man of the Woods Tour 11,342 / 11,342 N/A [30]
September 22, 2018 Jim Gaffigan Ted Alexandro Jim Gaffigan: The Fixer Upper TBA / TBA N/A [31]
October 11, 2018 J Balvin TBD Vibras Tour TBA / TBA N/A [32]
October 16, 2018 Metallica Jim Breuer WorldWired Tour 18,788 / 18,788[33] N/A [34]
October 17, 2018 Foo Fighters TBD Concrete and Gold Tour TBA / TBA N/A [35]
October 18, 2018 Eagles TBD An Evening With the Eagles TBA / TBA N/A [36]
October 20, 2018 Twenty One Pilots TBD Bandito Tour TBA / TBA N/A [37]
October 26, 2018 Chris Young Dan and Shay Losing Sleep World Tour TBA / TBA N/A [citation needed]
October 28, 2018 Fleetwood Mac TBD An Evening with Fleetwood Mac TBA / TBA N/A [38]
November 3, 2018 Josh Groban Idina Menzel Bridges Tour TBA / TBA N/A [39]
November 18, 2018 Cranjis McBasketball N/A World Comedy Tour TBA/TBA N/A
November 26, 2018 WWE N/A WWE Raw TBA/TBA N/A
December 9, 2018 Travis Scott TBD Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour TBA / TBA N/A [40]
December 15, 2018 UFC N/A UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 TBA/TBA N/A
December 30, 2018 Trans-Siberian Orchestra N/A ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ featuring the Best of TSO and more TBA / TBA N/A
December 31, 2018 Harlem Globetrotters N/A Fan Powered World Tour TBA/TBA N/A
January 11, 2019 Jeff Dunham N/A Passively Aggressive Tour TBA/TBA N/A
January 18-19, 2019 Monster Jam N/A Triple Threat Series TBA/TBA N/A
January 27, 2019 Panic! At The Disco Two Feet Pray For The Wicked Tour TBA/TBA N/A
January 30-February 3, 2019 Cirque Du Soleil N/A A Breakthorugh Ice Experince TBA/TBA N/A
February 19, 2019 Elton John TBD Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour TBA / TBA N/A [41]
February 24, 2019 2Cellos N/A Let There Be Cello TBA/TBA N/A
March 8, 2019 Shinedown N/A Attention Attention Tour TBA/TBA N/A
March 29-30, 2019 Eric Church N/A Double Down Tour TBA/TBA N/A
March 31, 2019 Mumford and Sons N/A Delta Tour 2019 TBA/TBA N/A
April 15, 2019 Ariana Grande N/A Sweetener World Tour TBA/TBA N/A
May 2, 2019 P!nk TBD Beautiful Trauma World Tour TBA / TBA N/A [42]
May 12, 2019 Cher N/A Here We Go Again Tour TBA/TBA N/A
June 12, 2019 New Kids on the Block Tiffany/ Debbie Gibson/ Salt N Pepa/ Naughty By Nature The Mixtape Tour TBA/TBA N/A
June 20, 2019 Carrie Underwood Maddie & Tae / Runaway June Cry Pretty Tour 360 TBA / TBA N/A

Planning and design[edit]

The Milwaukee Bucks released the first images and details of their vision for the development of a new multi-purpose arena and sports and entertainment district to revitalize downtown Milwaukee on April 8, 2015. [43]The images depicted early conceptual drawings of a new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district that will anchor a new development vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The site, which primarily sits between 4th Street and 6th Street from State Street to McKinley Avenue, will seamlessly link with active development on all sides, including Old World Third Street, Schlitz Park, The Brewery, the Milwaukee riverfront, Water Street and the Wisconsin Center.

Populous and HNTB, two firms from Kansas City, lead the arena design team with participation from Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen.[44] The arena is intended to be the focal point of a "live block" zone that includes public space surrounded by both commercial and residential development.[45] Initial renderings of the arena showed a transparent facade and a curved roof and side meant to evoke the water forms of nearby Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.[46]

Fiserv Forum holds 17,500 people and has fewer luxury suites, but more club seating than the BMO Harris Bradley Center.[47]

It also features a layout and equipment for an NHL/NCAA-regulation ice hockey rink and ice shows such as Disney on Ice, thus it still will be able to host the NCAA Frozen Four as the BMO Harris Bradley Center did in the past in 1993, 1997 and 2006. However, the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals returned to the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena in the 2016-17 season as they were not approached to play games in the arena. The Bucks are contractually bound not to recruit current tenants of the Panther Arena to move their events to the Fiserv Forum.[48]

Fiserv Forum has the largest symmetric scoreboard in the NBA.[49]

Further reading[edit]

  • Schumacher, Mary Louise (September 11, 2018). "Schumacher: Fiserv Forum's architecture wonderful inside, flawed outside". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-09-11. Review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's art and architecture critic.

See also[edit]

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Bradley Center
Home of the Milwaukee Bucks
2018–present
Succeeded by