Standing two stories high and totaling 55,000 square feet, the Milwaukee Bucks’ new training facility is a sight to behold. Eppstein Uhen Architects and Populous constructed the sleek and modern exterior, and it seems only fitting that a Milwaukee-based company designed the structure that will be part of the new downtown epicenter. The building will be filled with state of the art equipment and was described by Greg Uhen, the CEO of Eppstein Uhen, as a "high-tech athletic laboratory with very clean, functional and precise detailing."
Set to open next month, the new facility was officially named the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center (take a deep breath after saying the full title). Located about a 15 minute drive from the Bucks’ previous practice facility on Lake Drive in St. Francis, the new building is bigger, better, and about a 30 second walk to the new arena. This is, of course, extremely convenient for the majority of players and staff. The one downside? Jabari Parker used to jog from his home to the old training facility while doing summer training. Hey, maybe he'll enjoy a nice hour and a half walk.
With the upgrade of extra space, the Bucks’ new training facility will include larger practice courts, a spacious and upgraded weight room, and offices for staff members. To see some incredible progress photos of the building’s interior, head over to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s article. As stated in the article, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center won’t only be used for practices and training by the Bucks.
As you can probably assume from the building’s name, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin will also be using the facility to provide primary, orthopedic, and specialty care such as rehabilitation and physical therapy. They will also be utilizing the fully functioning clinic to conduct research in athletic performance, including injury prevention and sports medicine (via Milwaukee Business Journal).
One of the most exciting aspects of the new facility is the fact that it will be much more community friendly. You won’t have to be an NBA player to step foot on the practice courts! There will be basketball camps, sports education, and other basketball training available to community members. This type of inclusion and accessibility will be great for residents of the city, young and old alike.
Seeing the nearly finished product that is the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center serves as a taste of what is to come. It would appear that with the new downtown hub of basketball and entertainment, the love and enthusiasm for our beloved Bucks will only continue to grow and spread. Milwaukee's downtown area is being revamped in the best way possible: bringing the Bucks and the community closer together. Keep an eye out at crosswalks downtown, because you might be seeing Giannis or Jabari walking from the training center to the arena!
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