On Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks will unveil a new court design for the 2013 season, but will they have an arena to put it in? In the short term, yes, but the long term is still uncertain.
The BMO Harris Bradley Center opened in 1988 and, at the time, was the top arena in the NBA. However, the past 25 years have not been kind to the arena and it is time for an upgrade.
Years of speculation have been surrounding the Wisconsin franchise and their run-down arena with the possibility of relocation. The team’s so-so performance on the court with in their mid-market city has also not helped. However, the league’s future commissioner, Adam Silver, appears to be in favor of a new arena and not relocation.
According to Rich Kirchen of The Business Journal:
"One obvious issue we all have to deal with is we need a new arena in Milwaukee," said Adam Silver, deputy National Basketball Association commissioner.
"At the end of the day compared to other modern arenas in the league, this arena is a few hundred thousand square feet too small," Silver said. "It doesn't have the sort of back-of-house space you need, doesn't have the kinds of amenities we need.
"It doesn't have the right sort of upper bowl/lower bowl (seating) configuration for the teams frankly that Milwaukee wants to compete against".
The Bucks lease with the Bradley Center is through Sept. 30 2017. Bucks owner Herb Kohl and other officials are committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee, but they have a lot of work to do. This has been an issue in Milwaukee for a while, and if the wheels don’t start spinning faster, Bucks fans will be trading in their gear for Seattle Super Sonics apparel.
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