The BMO Harris Bradley Center (formerly the Bradley Center) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was built through the generosity of the late Jane Bradley Pettit in memory of her father, Harry Lynde Bradley, co-founder and chairman of the Allen-Bradley Company (now Rockwell Automation). The Center is the only major, public assembly facility in North America with construction underwritten through the philanthropy of a single family. Its creation and continuing operation represent a gift to the people of Wisconsin.
Construction of the Center broke ground in October 1986, and the building opened its doors to thousands of sports and entertainment fans two years later. The first event ever held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was a hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks on October 1, 1988.
Today, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is home to three sports teams; the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, and the Marquette University Golden Eagles NCAA men’s basketball team. The facility hosts an estimated 1.5 million people each year and continues to be the number one entertainment destination in Downtown Milwaukee.
BMOHBC FUN Facts
- Total Square Footage: 550,000
- Approximate Lot Size: 6 acres
- Approximate number of events held each year: 160
Guest Attendance Accommodations:
- Basketball: 18,600
- Hockey: 17,800
- Concerts & Special Events: 20,000
- Levels: 4
- Standard Suites: 42
- Theater Boxes: 16
- Clubs: 4
- Permanent Merchandise Stands: 4
- Permanent Concession Stands: 14
- Restrooms: 28
- Escalators: 16
- Elevators: 2