'Good to see the city back': Fans pack Deer District to watch Game 4; local artists chalk plaza
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Hundreds if not thousands of Milwaukee Bucks fans gathered on the plaza outside of Fiserv Forum Saturday, May 29, to watch the team take on the Miami Heat in Game 4.
"Been a Bucks fan since birth," said Bucks fan Zach Meyers. "It's good to see the city back and hopefully we get the sweep today."
Fans told CBS 58 it was great to see the sun shining and the Bucks playing well.
"This is my first time in the Deer District, so I'm really just looking forward to spending time with friends and the good weather and getting out with other people for once," said Bucks fan Garrett Byrd.
Arvind Gopalratnam, vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Milwaukee Bucks, said the team takes pride in providing a space where people can gather.
"Fans, I'm sure like myself, have missed this a ton, and so as we continue to progress in the playoffs, come on out support the team inside the building as well as outside," Gopalratnam said.
The watch party also provided a chance for local artists to showcase their work. The Milwaukee Bucks teamed up with ElevAsian, Social X MKE and local artists Marquayla Ellison and Howard Leu to chalk the plaza to show support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
"Hate is hate and love is love, and making sure that we're teaching our babies each other's cultures and how to embrace each other," Marquayla Ellison, a local artist and the owner of Ellastic Designs.
"We want to show that this bond is strong and that we're all here together and for each other," said Howard Leu. "Just to show that we're not so different and that we can unify and come out and cheer for the Bucks."
Gopalratnam said the team's goal is to help unify the community.
"It's such an important thing to bring our community together in any ways we can, especially after some time where we haven't been together," he said.