Bucks unveil first renderings of new arena (PHOTOS)

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Now that all the legal hurdles have been cleared to build the new downtown Milwaukee arena for the Bucks to move into in 2018, the first artistic renderings of the $500 million facility are out.

From the team’s website:

The images depict early conceptual drawings of a new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district that anchor an ambitious new development vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The proposed site, which primarily sits between Fourth Street and Sixth Street from State Street to McKinley Avenue, will seamlessly link with active development on all sides, including Old World Third Street, Schlitz Park, The Brewery, the Milwaukee riverfront, Water Street and the Wisconsin Center.

The vision is for an arena designed for maximum flexibility and year-round use. A dynamic entertainment district will serve as a destination that draws the people of the region together for unforgettable experiences and a place people will love to gather for generations to come.

“We’re not just trying to build a new home for the Milwaukee Bucks, but create a 365-day attraction for Wisconsin residents that will help revitalize downtown Milwaukee,” said Bucks president Peter Feigin. “We’re excited to share this glimpse of our vision for the future as we continue to work with our local and state partners to arrive at a viable plan. This collective effort will create a ripple effect of growth, development and transformation for the entire community and region.”

This is what the lobby of the new arena will look like:

And this is the new bowl, which is considerably more modern-looking than the BMO Harris Bradley Center:

The new arena is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.