Sep 29, 2017

BMO Harris Bradley Center to Host Free Community Open House on Oct. 7


Sept. 29, 2017   



Brenna Sadler

414-614-6207 or [email protected]


Event to offer public a behind-the-scenes experience during Center’s final season

MILWAUKEE – As it embarks on its final season and celebrates 30 years as part of the metro Milwaukee community, the BMO Harris Bradley Center today announced it will host a rare, behind-the-scenes public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The free event will feature interactive stations, access to normally private areas, memorabilia displays, special guests and more.

The event is the first in a series of public open houses that are planned as part of the Center’s final season, which celebrates the lasting legacy of Jane Bradley Pettit and her unprecedented gift to the Milwaukee community.

During the free open house, visitors can tour the Bucks and Marquette locker rooms; dressing rooms and backstage areas that have been used by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Sir Elton John, Janet Jackson and many others; and the Center’s suites and theater boxes, as well as the video suite, mechanical rooms and many other areas not regularly open to the public. Guests can also walk into the arena bowl to stand on the Bucks and Marquette basketball courts, see the center-hung scoreboard up close, and enjoy photo opportunities and autographs with team mascots and other guests.  

The Center will also feature memorabilia displays showcasing items from historic performances and events over the Center’s three decades, including Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, The Eagles, Prince, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. Additionally, there will be stations where guests can share their memories of the Center on video and in writing.  

“As we look ahead to the excitement to come during our final season and the outstanding events and performances already scheduled, we also reflect on the past three decades and the many memories and experiences we have been proud to offer the Milwaukee community,” said Steve Costello, BMOHBC president and CEO. “In the spirit of Mrs. Pettit and her generous gift to the people of Wisconsin, we are thrilled to host this public open house event to celebrate our past, present and future. We invite everyone to join us on this special day.”

The open house will feature guest appearances from the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave and local sportscasters. Complimentary parking will be offered during the event at the BMO Harris Bradley Center parking structure on 6th street. To learn more, visit

About the BMO Harris Bradley Center
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.