Thousands head to Deer District to watch Game 6; capacity set at 65K
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Tens of thousands of people are hoping to be a part of Milwaukee sports history. Fans heading to the Deer District for Game 6 on Tuesday, July 20, should expect congestion and road closures but also a lot of energy.
Thousands of fans were already on the Plaza hours before tip-off, hoping to watch a night 47 years in the making.
The main stage is across the street from Fiserv Forum, and the watch party will extend across Juneau Avenue and onto the plaza.
CBS 58 spoke with fans from Louisiana, Virginia and Colorado who all came to watch the Bucks.
"If the Bucks -- or when the Bucks -- win the game tonight, it will be the first time in the history of the city of Milwaukee that a major league franchise has won a championship in the city of Milwaukee," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
The team expanded the perimeter to allow 65,000 fans to watch the game outside Fiserv Forum.
"It's going to be insane: 65,000 people outside -- can't beat that anywhere," said George Trawitzki, a Bucks fan from Colorado.
"This is really an opportunity for us and has been through this run to to come together as a community to showcase what Milwaukee is to the world," said Dustin Godsey, chief marketing officer for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum.
The team said 17,000 fans will be inside the arena.
"I'm here with my dad and he surprised me with some Game 6 tickets," said Will Hamilton, a Bucks fan from Virginia. "It's probably going to be the best sporting event I've ever been to and it's going to be electric."
No matter where they're watching, fans agree this will be a historic night.
"I can't miss this moment, I feel like we're going to wrap it up in six," said Brandon Robinson, a Bucks fan from Louisiana.
"That's just the beauty of basketball honestly: being down 2-0 and coming back, winning three in a row potentially. It's what we're about," said Bucks fan Austin Soppa.
Godsey said right now, the team is focused on Tuesday's game. And then after Tuesday, they'll talk about whether there will be a Game 7 or a major celebration here in Milwaukee.