The Milwaukee Bucks have released an updated set of renderings for the team’s new multi-purpose arena in downtown Milwaukee. These images reflect the plans submitted for the final stage of the design approval process with the city and local public officials before construction on the new arena can begin this summer.
The images of the new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district illustrate the ambitious new development vision of Bucks ownership to transform 30-acres of mostly vacant land into a vibrant neighbourhood activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The arena site, located between N. Fourth Street and N. Sixth Street from W. Highland Ave. to W. Juneau Ave., 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.
Bucks President, Peter Feigin, said:
We’re just months away from seeing the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks and our collective efforts to revitalize Milwaukee begin to move from vision to reality. These plans reflect the commitment of our ownership, generosity of Senator Kohl and historic collaboration with public officials to build a world-class sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. We look forward to working closely with public officials and the entire community over the next several months to finalise the design and construction plans so that we can begin to create long-lasting jobs and economic opportunity in Milwaukee.
In addition to serving as the home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, the 714,000sqft Populous-designed arena will host countless sports and entertainment events, as well as anchor a new entertainment district that hopes to serve as a catalyst for a ripple effect that will transform downtown Milwaukee.
The Bucks tapped Populous last year to lead a group of prominent global, national and local architects, including Wisconsin-based firms Eppstein Uhen and HNTB for the new arena and masterplan of the entire development.
The Populous-led design team envisions, among other features, an exterior design for the new arena inspired by Milwaukee’s proud architectural heritage and the region’s natural environment. Nodes of glass highlighting activity within punctuate a hand-crafted zinc patina exterior.
The arena design features an intimate bowl optimised for basketball viewing with the majority of the seats in the lower level closer to the action, while still providing the flexibility to host hockey games, end stage and centre stage concerts, family shows, circuses and ice events, as well as open-floor exhibitions. Both the upper and lower levels will load from the top down, creating a more efficient seating pattern free of breaks. The design caters to the next generation of fans, featuring open and transparent concourses, additional social spaces within view of the action, and a variety of experiential and premium seating options. Additional operational efficiencies include vastly improved load-in/load-out capabilities that will allow the facility to accommodate a wider variety of concerts and shows.
Brad Clark, Senior Principal at Populous, said:
Inspired by the natural beauty of Wisconsin’s rivers, lakes and forests, this new Wisconsin landmark will stand out as an iconic addition to the cityscape and seamlessly connect with surrounding neighbourhoods.
Read more about the new arena at bucks.com/arena.