With the Milwaukee Bucks heading to a new arena, the BMO Harris Bradley Center demolition process is getting underway.
One of the highlights of the 2018-19 NBA season will be the opening of Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Bucks. Fiserv Forum was constructed as part of a larger downtown development project, and is located on a site adjacent to BMO Harris Bradley Center.
It has been expected that the Bradley Center will be demolished once the new venue is operational, and work to bring down the former arena is now getting underway. Construction workers put fencing around the old arena Wednesday, an early step in a deliberate process that is slated to take roughly a year. More from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In July, sponsorship signs were removed from outside the building following the last public events at the 30-year-old arena.
And in the past several weeks, workers from a variety of nonprofit groups have scavenged the building for items usable for resale or other uses.
Demolition is expected to begin starting in the southwest corner of the Bradley Center, the point farthest from where fans gather and enter Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Bucks.
Workers are expected to take the building apart in a slow, deliberate manner and not use a dramatic implosion.
The site is expected to be redeveloped at some point down the road. For more on the history of the Bradley Center, see this April story from our own Kevin Reichard.
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