Bucks Break Ground on New Arena
The ground is broken for the new Buck's Arena.
A release from the Bucks states:
"Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli, former Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl, current Bucks players, including Jabari Parker and Steve Novak, and a number of Bucks legends including Oscar Robertson, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson, Wayne Embry and Fred Roberts, will all be on hand as the first dirt is turned at the new arena site in a special ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will also be in attendance for the groundbreaking."
All in attendance counted down, "5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Build the future," as they stuck their shovels in the ground.
The groundbreaking happened during the second annual Buck's Blockparty.
Fans got a chance to put their own mark on the stadium. Permanent markers were passed out, and fans could sign two foundation poles that will be used on the arena.
"I want everyone to stop for a minute look around and remember where you are right now because you'll never see it look like this again," said Wesley Edens, Bucks Co-Owner, before shovels took to the dirt.
Edens says the progress of the arena is at "halftime."
"Mark and I met with Senator Kohl about two years and four months ago. Two years and four months from now this new arena we're standing right in the middle of is going to open up," said Edens.
Much of the applause today was dedicated to former Senator Herb Kohl.
"Truly what Senator Kohl did in keeping this team here is something that I believe has never been done in the history of sport. You may never see it happen again. He was a man that decided to (applause) he was a man that decided not to put more money in his pocket, but basically take less money for the team he could have gotten and then invest $100 Million to start this process here," said Edens
In good fun, the former senator has asked for one thing in return.
"He told me he's not getting any younger, and he'd like to see a championship in the next two years," said Edens.
The stadium is projected to open the 2018 - 2019 season.
Bucks owners say the arena will be one of the biggest construction sites in the state of Wisconsin.