“Marquette’s position is clear:” MU joins “Play It Forward” in support of proposed Milwaukee Bucks arena

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• The arena and entertainment live block anchor an ambitious new vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. • Fronting existing Fourth Street and proximate to Old World Third Street, the site connects to the greater Milwaukee community including across the Milwaukee river to the vibrant downtown core.

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University has announced it is joining the “Play It Forward Wisconsin Coalition” in support of the proposed Milwaukee Bucks arena and sports and entertainment complex in downtown Milwaukee.

“As we’ve said, when it comes to building a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, Marquette’s position is clear: The new arena is critical to the growth of Milwaukee as a first-class city that will attract and retain the bright young minds who will lead us into the future,” said Marquette President Michael R. Lovell. “We are confident that the new arena and surrounding developments will lead to long-term value through an increase in jobs, neighborhood stability, and will ultimately make the region a greater place to live, work, play and retire.”

Lovell also highlighted Marquette’s strategic partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks and emphasized the university’s commitment to being their top tenant in the new arena.

Joining Play It Forward is just the latest in Marquette’s public support for key community and economic development investments, including the arena. The university recently partnered with Aurora Health Care, Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation in a multi-million dollar effort to revitalize Milwaukee’s Near West Side with the aim of reinvigorating the region from Water Street to Wauwatosa.

The Play It Forward Wisconsin Coalition was established in 2014 and is committed to coming together as a community to ensure Southeast Wisconsin remains a vibrant and diverse entertainment destination with a new arena that meets the needs of the next generation of fans.

Marquette joins the coalition, along with a host of other organizations that already have pledged support of the arena, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin, The Business Council, Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Urban League, Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals, NEWaukee, FUEL Milwaukee and TEMPO Milwaukee.

4 comments

  • Wilson

    “As we’ve said, when it comes to building a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, Marquette’s position is clear: The new arena is critical to the growth of Milwaukee as a first-class city that will attract and retain the bright young minds who will lead us into the future,” said Marquette President Michael R. Lovell. “We are confident that the new arena and surrounding developments will lead to long-term value through an increase in jobs, neighborhood stability, and will ultimately make the region a greater place to live, work, play and retire.”
    Apparently this clown could care less about the fact that the students who attend MU are under attack very frequently by criminals who attempt to rob and assault them on the MU campus. He wants to support the billionaire owners in their quest to stiff the taxpayers for 250 million rather than focus the city’s efforts on reducing violent crime. What an educated fool!!!

  • Jeffery

    How long have this land been Vacant ? Maybe it time that we put it in good use instead of being a eye shore like it is now. Let’s put Milwaukee on the Map and show this Country and the world what we got to offer them.

    • Croptastical!

      What exactly is it, that “we have to offer them”, Jeff? You think that over, and get back to me.
      This should be good.

  • Croptastical!

    Hey, what does MU have to lose– they didn’t have their budget slashed by $250 million like the UW system did.
    I got an idea… why don’t we get MU to pony up some cash!
    Yeah… like THAT’LL ever happen.

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