A sellout crowd of 17,341 filled the seats of Fiserv Forum when the Milwaukee Bucks played their first-ever regular season game at the new $524 million arena in downtown Milwaukee.
The highly anticipated event was four years in the making for the franchise and its majority owners, Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, Jamie Dinan and Michael Fascitelli. They purchased the team in 2014 and funded about half of the arena construction project, which was completed in August. Fiserv Forum now replaces the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Bucks’ home for the past 30 years.
The Bucks won the home opener game 118 to 101 over the Indiana Pacers, but they weren’t the only local team to achieve victory that night. Just hours later, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park.
Many fans at Fiserv Forum sported Brewers hats with Bucks jerseys, periodically leaving their seats to catch a glimpse of the baseball game being streamed on one of the 700 LED screens throughout the arena. When the Bucks game ended, fans filled the new outdoor beer garden in the Entertainment Block near the arena to watch the end of the Brewers playoff game.