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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks will welcome thousands of basketball fans to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday, October 26th -- for the team's home opener. The Bucks will square up against the Charlotte Hornets.

Parking structure closed near BMO Harris Bradley Center

Parking structure closed near BMO Harris Bradley Center

With a major parking structure closed to make way for construction of the new Bucks arena, parking is extremely limited. When you couple the closures at 4th and Highland and an event at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the parking is quite a bit more limited.

According to the Bucks, there are still 4,000 parking spaces available within a quarter-mile of the area. But you may want to head out early to get them.

Parking spots in downtown Milwaukee

Parking spots in downtown Milwaukee

"The limiting of the parking downtown here is going to be a challenge I think for the whole city. But like I said before, people will find a way. You know, if there`s events happening  downtown, people are still going to come down for it," said Andrew Fronek, co-owner of Milwaukee Brat House.

Officials say we should all see more parking down the road. But for now, this is the new normal in downtown Milwaukee.

BMO Harris Bradley Center

BMO Harris Bradley Center


  • Always Outspoken

    This is the reason why all the tax $$$ being wasted on downtown development is a ridiculous waste.

    Why would anyone want to go to an event down there if they have to pay an exorbitant price to park anywhere and then still walk up to a mile from their car to the venue? Add to that the abhorrent driving experience downtown streets offer and you can count me out!

    Going downtown even for a quick appointment involves a driving headache and a parking nightmare that makes me avoid ANY trips downtown – and I’ll be damned if I’m going to actually pay for tickets to something that is taking place there.

  • deleted again

    I stopped going to events downtown when the price to park got higher than the event.
    There’s nothing down there worth the hassle.

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