Major public discussion today over new Milwaukee Bucks arena
In May 2012, the Bradley Center at 1001 N. 4th St. became the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Image by Michael Sears
Fans line up to enter the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the Milwaukee Bucks home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman
For file use if needed - An aerial view of the Bradley Center is seen looking southwest on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti
The Bradley Center was under construction (left) in March 1988 and opened to a capacity crowd (above) in October 1988. It is now one of the oldest arenas in the NBA.
bradley, nws, lynn, 1.-An updated photo of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI photographed Wednesday May 18, 2011. Photo by Tom Lynn/TLYNN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Tom Lynn
MILWAUKEE - JANUARY 31: Fans of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the student section wave flags during a game against the Georgetown Hoyas on January 31, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette defeated Georgetown 94-82. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Image by Jonathan Daniel
Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings reacts after makign the last basket of their game Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-102 on a last second shot by Brandon Jennings. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman
DOG DAY, NWS, PORTER, 2. - Dan Egerton, of Glandale brought his Great Dane "Smokey" to the game. Milwaukee Admirals fans could bring their dogs to the game for an additional $2, for the annual Dog Day Afternoon game presented by Purina at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Sunday MARCH 3, 2013. GARYPORTER/GPORTER@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Gary Porter
Taylor Swift performs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Image by Benny Sieu
Scroll through the images for a gallery of the BMO Harris Bradley Center and its events, from Bucks and Marquette games to concerts with artists like Taylor Swift. (Photos: Journal Sentinel)
MILWAUKEE - It's been a hot debate for some time. Today, discussion over a replacement for the BMO Harris Bradley Center heats up.
A number of voices on the issue will gather for a conference at Marquette University today, scheduled for 8:00 a.m.
Everyone from business leaders to lawmakers and representatives of other cities that have had similar debates will be at today's conference.
The issue for Milwaukee is clear. If the Bucks are going to stay here they will need a new modern arena. Most NBA arenas today are bigger and have more options for revenue than the Bradley Center offers.
If the community doesn't find a way to foot some of the bill, it's likely another community that wants an NBA franchise will come up with money.
It's very unlikely the Bucks current owner, former Senator Herb Kohl, would move the team. But a new owner might.
One group not on today's list of speakers is anyone from the Bucks.