MILWAUKEE, Wi (WSAU) The head of Milwaukee’s largest business group says the city can meet its needs for more jobs and better education, while pursuing a new arena for the Bucks and Marquette.
The Journal Sentinel and the Marquette Law School hosted a forum yesterday on the subject of a new arena. Metro Milwaukee Commerce chief Tim Sheehy said his group plans to form an internal task force to study how a new arena can get built. In his words, “Great cities can walk and chew gum at the same time.”
Marc Marotta, who heads the board of the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center, said it’s vital for Milwaukee to provide top-rated entertainment if it wants to attract the best-and-brightest talent for local businesses. Marquette law professor Matthew Parlow said Milwaukee is on a quote, “hit list” for cities that want N-B-A teams. Former state Commerce Secretary Cory Nettles said it would be a “tragedy” if Milwaukee lost the Bucks. Racine native Craig Leipold, who owns the N-H-L’s Minnesota Wild, said the N-B-A would work to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee but a new arena would be a necessity.
The Bradley Center hardly gets filled now – but it does not offer many of the revenue opportunities that newer and larger facilities provide. Bucks’ owner Herb Kohl has promised to spend part of his personal fortune to help pay for a new arena – but he has not said how much he would contribute.