MILWAUKEE — Marquette basketball is officially moving into the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown arena.
The Bucks and Marquette have signed a seven-year agreement for the Golden Eagles to play their home games at the Bucks’ new home, which is slated to open for the 2018-19 season.
Bucks president Peter Feigin was welcoming Marquette at an announcement on Tuesday on the main concourse at the arena construction site.
“Marquette Basketball is a staple of Milwaukee and we are proud to welcome the Golden Eagles to their spectacular new home,” said Feigin in a statement. “As Marquette continues to grow as a national basketball power, we expect a lot of exciting college hoops to be played at the new arena for years to come.”
The new arena is right next door to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which has been home to both teams for the last 29 seasons.
“As Marquette University enters its second century of basketball, today marks another historic milestone for our community and passionate alumni. They’ll now experience elite-level basketball in one of the most innovative arenas in the world,” Marquette University President Michael Lovell said in the statement. “This is a time of unprecedented growth for Milwaukee. So much of that excitement is centered on this remarkable arena, and we are proud to call it our home.”
“The Bucks have been such great partners throughout this process, and we’re so proud to continue that relationship with today’s agreement. It’s such an exciting time for basketball fans in Milwaukee right now,” Marquette Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said in the statement. “When the doors open and the lights go on in this building, we believe it will be the best basketball arena in the world. Playing here will be a privilege for our student-athletes, and the experience will be such a thrill for our fans.”
“The construction of the new arena has generated a tremendous amount of excitement within our program and we are thrilled by today’s announcement,” said Marquette Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Wojciechowski in th estateent. “Both our current and future players, along with our fans, are going to be able to enjoy games in one of the finest arenas around. Our partnership with the Bucks is a huge win for Marquette Basketball and we can’t wait until the first game.”