Earlier today, Marquette University and the Milwaukee Bucks announced that the two parties signed a 7 year contract to lease the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Complex as the location for MU home games. Just like the Bucks, the Marquette Golden Eagles will begin play in the new downtown Milwaukee arena in the fall of 2018. The Golden Eagles will be playing their last season in an old, but familiar home as they are set to kickoff this season at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against Mount St. Mary’s on November 10th, 2017.
The terms of the new lease agreement were undisclosed, but the Milwaukee Business Journal was kind enough to share details from the lease agreement for the Bradley Center. Check this out:
Marquette’s lease at the BMO Harris Bradley Center includes $29,000 per-game rent, $285,000 per-season in suite rentals and a $1.50 to $2 per-ticket facility fee. Marquette retains some sponsorship rights in the venue and receives a payment from the Bradley Center of $19,000 per game for rights to suite season tickets.
Net rent on the Bradley Center is $10K per game? Show of hands: who would have guessed at least double that and wouldn’t have been surprised by triple that?
Leaving the BMO Harris Bradley Center will be a sad occasion once the players step foot on the court one last time, but being able to enjoy an updated arena can bring even more top level recruits. The Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Complex will set the tone for the greatness we know Marquette will bring. When competitors step on that floor, they’ll experience all that Wisconsin is known for.
Time to Say Goodbye
The BMO Harris Bradley Center is the same place that Dwyane Wade became a star before eyes before doing the same in Miami. It has been the site for several NCAA tournaments where college athletes have made their own memories and shared them with us, and those impactful moments even extend to the NBA, like when the Bucks defeated the Warriors during their record 73 win season.
There have been a lot of memories created in that building and hopefully only more to come in the new. As we say goodbye to the Bradley Center as the home of Marquette Basketball, let’s embrace this upcoming season as the final one. The Golden Eagles have been to March Madness many times, let’s make this season special. To the final season in the BC, let’s go Golden Eagles!!!