‘A building artists remember:’ Kevin Hart joins growing list of big-name acts coming to new Bucks arena

MILWAUKEE -- Another big name is coming to Milwaukee. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart is the latest headliner to join the growing list of big-name acts coming to the new Bucks' arena.

Dustin Godsey

"One of the biggest names in comedy and pop culture, Kevin Hart, is going to come to Milwaukee and be a part of our opening season," said Dustin Godsey, chief marketing officer.

Hart joins Maroon 5, Jim Gaffigan, Foo Fighters and Elton John -- all set to take the stage during the arena's inaugural season.

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"This is what we've been anticipating. We've been working hard to get these big-name artists, who haven't been to Milwaukee or haven't been here in a while, to get them into the building for the new season," said Godsey.

Godsey said his staff is aggressively reaching out to performers -- touting the arena's sound system, stage seating and backstage hospitality.

"We want this to be a building that artists remember. They think about Milwaukee and the experience they had coming here," said Godsey.

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The first five headliners are just the beginning. Arena staff hope to host 200-300 events and games each year.

"We've got a ton coming through here and you're going to see that as we make more announcements," said Godsey.

Godsey said Monday, Jan. 29 construction is right on schedule -- with the opening expected in the fall of 2018.

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