MILWAUKEE If the Bucks NBA franchise wants to stay in Milwaukee, a new arena is needed. And soon.
Sen. Herb Kohl, who has owned the team since 1985, has increased the urgency recently to get it done sooner than later.
"We want to stay in the NBA (but) in order for that to continue, we have to have a new facility," Kohl said Friday. "There isn't anybody that doesn't recognize that and understands that it has to happen. We're no longer talking about it in terms of 'At some point in the future.' We're talking about beginning to make plans to get it done."
The Bucks currently play their home games at the Bradley Center, which opened in 1988 and is one of the NBA's oldest arenas. For now, Sen. Kohl's plan is to sign a "relatively short-term extension" with the Bradley Center while he works toward plans to replace it.
"We are actively working on it and we'll get into high gear, I hope soon, on trying to accomplish...