The “House of Noise” is what former NHL forward, now General Manager of the Nashville Predators Paul Fenton affectionately called The UWM Panther Arena when stating that he was glad that the Milwaukee Admirals would make it their home again starting 2016-17.
Fenton started his hockey career in the IHL in 1982 with the Peoria Prancers and remembers how difficult it was to play against the Admirals at the Arena, because of the noise that it generated, and hopes that it will be that disruptive again.
In 1988 a generous gift to the state of Wisconsin by Jane & Lloyd Petit in memory of her late father, Harry Lynde Bradley was opened. The Bradley Center would not only house the Admirals, but was graciously offered to the Bucks so they could move out of the Arena into the new, bigger, “state of the art” venue instead of having to build one themselves. For 28 years cohabitation was good.
Life changed two years ago when new owners acquired the Bucks, and with accordance to the NBA had to get a new facility built in order for the Bucks to stay in Milwaukee. The new Bucks facility is set to open in 2018.
Now it was the Admirals turn to play the role of Mary and Joseph, but instead of providing a place for them, they were told there is no room at the proverbial “inn.” The Bucks probably don’t want to put in the necessary equipment to maintain and sustain a hockey franchise (ice, lockers, boards, etc) which is obviously their choice, and I get it. They just need to remember about karma, and what she can be…
UWM Panther Arena, on the other hand is willing to have $6.3 million in renovations done in order to make the 2004 Calder Cup Champions feel feel at home. The arena in reality is where it all began for the Admirals back in 1972-73 when they played 10 of there inaugural USHL home games.
The new digs will allow the Admirals a better schedule, one that they won’t have to concede to the NBA. It will also allow them a better revenue take on concessions and merchandise, which can only make the team stronger financially for years to come.
Only 6 more regular season home games left at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with the finale on Friday 4/15, which Admirals President Jon Greenberg says will be SPECTACULAR!
For tickets call (414) 227-0550 or go to their website: http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/
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