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New Arena Hosting NCAA Tournament Games in 2022

The WESC (under construction) will host First and Second Round action in less than five years.

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While everybody else in Bucks-ville has their attention on the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the Communications team in Milwaukee released some exciting news for the future.

With a scheduled opening in 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks will have plenty of time to break in the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center before letting the NCAA kids take a good ol’ college try.

“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, via a press release from the team. “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.”

Here’s hoping that Wisconsin’s favored college teams (UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and Marquette, among others) are in position to show out in front of some hometown fans in a few years! And even if they don’t, whichever teams do make it into the tourney will get to enjoy a state-of-the-art arena right here in Milwaukee, which is neat.