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The Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center is slated to open in fall of 2018.

New Bucks arena will host NCAA Tournament games in 2022

The new Bucks arena will host NCAA Tournament games in 2022.

The NCAA announced on Tuesday that the state-of-the-art venue, currently under construction Downtown and presently called the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center, was selected as the site of First and Second Round action for the men's basketball tournament five years from now. The arena is slated to open in the fall of 2018.

The bid to host was a joint effort between the Bucks and the team's partners at Marquette University, who will be a tenant in the new building.

"This is fantastic news for the state of Wisconsin and another important milestone in the progress of this world-class arena in Milwaukee," Bucks President Peter Feigin said in a statement. "The BMO Harris Bradley Center was a tremendous host for NCAA basketball for many years and we're thrilled to continue partnering with Marquette to ensure that tradition continues in the new building.

"We look forward to many more exciting announcements as we continue to bring a wide range of entertainment options to our community."

The Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center is the centerpiece of a Bucks Downtown development project to transform 27 acres of mostly vacant property into a vibrant retail and entertainment district in Milwaukee.

The $524 million, 714,000-square foot arena will be home to Milwaukee Bucks basketball, as well as other sports and entertainment events. The new arena was designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen and HNTB, with Mortenson leading the construction of the project. For more information, visit


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