The debate over a new Bucks arena continues
The UWM Panther Arena was packed Wednesday night for the big rivalry game between Milwaukee and the highly ranked Wisconsin Badgers.
UWM is pleased to have a downtown arena of its own this season, but there are reports that it may not last long.
The Milwaukee Bucks are said to be very interested in that site for their new facility.
Wednesday night's game provided a great opportunity for UWM to showcase the newly renovated Panther Arena with a sold out crowd.
Long lines formed inside the Panther Arena hours before tip-off.
Frank Gimbel is chairman of the Wisconsin Center District.
The Wisconsin Center District is one of the parties that would have to agree in this deal.
CBS 58 spoke with Gimbel weeks ago, and he said the Bucks have not contacted him, and so far, that hasn't changed.
Gimbel said if anyone wants to take down the Panther Arena, they'd better have a replacement in mind.
\"It would include construction for an alternative site, and that alternative site would be a new arena”, said Frank Gimbel.
UWM Vice Chancellor Tom Luljak said he met with the Bucks President last week, and said the conversations were positive.
\"I really think the Bucks appreciate UWM has needs, and they would like to accommodate”, said Tom Lujak. “One way to accommodate is to let us stay in our home.\"
CBS 58 also spoke with Jake Suski, the Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President of Communications.
\"It's a community thing, and that's what it's all about”, said Jake Suski. “Bringing our community together, transform downtown and making sure the Bucks can be a catalyst.\"
The Milwaukee Bucks organization is currently looking at other sites for consideration, and hoping to make an announcement before the end of the year.