A new Racine arena and accompanying hotel development is being pitched as the future home of a Milwaukee Bucks D-League team, as Racine County is pulling out the stops to attract the new franchise.
The Bucks front office has plans to launch a D-League team for the 2017-2018 season and issued an RFP to several cities for a suitable home for the new team. While La Crosse has been eliminated from contention, other cities and municipalities — Grand Chute (Appleton/Fox Cities), Oshkosh, Sheboygan — remain in the mix.
In Racine County (located south of Milwaukee), the County Board is thinking big and will hear a report tomorrow about a potential mixed-use development that could include a new arena. The report is finished and centers on a specific site. From the Racine Journal-Times:
[Racine County Executive Jonathan] Delagrave said Friday that the study, which began a few weeks ago, is finished. He added that some key questions will be addressed at the Tuesday session.
“It’s getting people the knowledge of how this project is coming about,” Delagrave said. “Is it sustainable? What’s the direct and indirect economic benefit to the county?”…
Delagrave also thinks that citizens who choose to attend the meeting will hear lots of financial information about a potential arena and team.
“They’re going to hear about costs,” he said. “How does it affect Downtown? What amount of money, of taxpayer resources goes into this?”
While there’s certainly no proposal on the table — and it sounds like further study will be needed — the meeting tomorrow should give resident an idea of what D-League supporters are seeking and how a new arena could impact the city. It’s an interesting proposition: you don’t see many pitches for new D-League arenas.
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