With the Wisconsin Herd‘s inaugural season just months away, construction of their new arena in Oshkosh is taking shape.
Earlier this year, the Miilwaukee Bucks confirmed that they would place their upcoming NBA Gatorade League (G League) team in Oshkosh. A new arena is being constructed in the city, and is slated to open for the Herd’s debut for the 2017-18 G League season.
Construction of the estimated $21 million arena is continuing, and project officials are hoping that the arena will be complete by November 17. At this point, it is estimated that about 50-60% of the work is complete, and more progress is expected in the coming weeks. More from Fox 11 News:
“Probably 50 or 60 percent of the way done. The biggest issue for us is weather, but that should be eliminated, probably within the next two weeks,” [Fox Valley Professional Basketball president Greg] Pierce explained.
Pierce said builders should have the roof on by the end of next week. Then the inside amenities will take on greater shape.
This arena’s being built so that it can be transformed from basketball-based to ice hockey-based in the future, if all goes according to plan.
“The NBA and the Bucks would like to have, if this is a success and they’re selling out every game, they want to build a bigger facility,” explained Bill Aubrey, a senior project architect with Bayland Buildings, the company building the Oshkosh Arena.
The Herd is one of several clubs joining the newly-branded G League for the coming season, including the Memphis Hustle, the new Erie BayHawks, and the Agua Caliente Clippers.