MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CelebrityAccess) — Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee’s latest sports, and entertainment venue, officially opened its doors to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony held August 26th outside of the arena.
The ceremony was attended by current Bucks players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, Bucks alumni Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vin Baker, Marques Johnson, Jon McGlocklin, Steve Novak and Michael Redd, Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli, Bucks General Manager Jon Horst, Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, Fiserv President and CEO Jeff Yabuki and Bucks President Peter Feigin.
Also in attendance, was former Milwaukee Bucks owner, Senator Herb Kohl, who was honored by the team with the naming of the street in front of the arena as Herb Kohl Way.
After the ceremony, more than 50,000 people were offered a tour Fiserv Forum during an Open House, giving the community its first look inside the arena.
Fiserv Forum, which will serve as a home for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team and the and Marquette men’s basketball team, seats 17,500 for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts.
In addition to sports, the arena will host live performances, with more than 24 events lined up for the arena’s first year of operation. The Killers will perform at the arena’s Grand Opening concert along with Milwaukee natives Violent Femmes on Sept. 4.
“The opening of Fiserv Forum marks an incredible moment for this community. In the four years that we’ve had the privilege of being stewards of the Bucks, the opening of this world-class venue serves as our proudest achievement. Fiserv Forum will be the sporting and cultural heart of Milwaukee, welcoming the very best in sports and entertainment to Wisconsin. We’d like to thank Senator Herb Kohl for his extraordinary contribution to this arena, and to recognize the city, county and state leaders who were committed to this project. As we open the doors today, we also want to express appreciation to the dedicated workers who spent much time and energy in making Fiserv Forum a place that we can all be proud of,” said a joint statement by Milwaukee Bucks Co-Owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli.