Cirque du Soleil

Harlem Globetrotters

Lady Gaga

Walking with Dinosaurs


Crowd at Bon Jovi

Arena Highlights


The BMO Harris Bradley Center, in Milwaukee, Wis., 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. Opened in 1988, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is home to the NBA Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette Golden Eagles NCAA men’s basketball team. It hosts an estimated 1.5 million people each year and continues to be the No. 1 entertainment destination in Downtown Milwaukee. The Center – celebrating its 30th and final season – will close its doors for good in summer 2018 when the new Milwaukee Bucks arena opens.

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.


  • Total Square Footage: 550,000
  • Approximate Lot Size: 6 acres
  • Approximate number of events held each year: 160
  • Guest Attendance Accommodations: 
    •  Basketball: 18,600
    • 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