The Bradley Center is an indoor arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is home to the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL (and formerly of the IHL) and the Marquette University men's basketball team. It was also the former home of the Milwaukee Wave of the MISL from 1987–2003, the Milwaukee Mustangs of the AFL from 1994–2001, and the Badger Hockey Showdown from 1989-2002.
Currently, the Bradley Center is one of the oldest arenas used in the NBA.
The arena was completed in 1988 at a cost of $90 million. It was meant to be a modern replacement of The MECCA, which was built in 1950. It was gift to the State of Wisconsin by philanthropists Jane Pettit and Lloyd Pettit in memory of her late father, Harry Lynde Bradley of Allen-Bradley fortune. The arena seats 20,000 for end-stage concerts, 18,717 for NBA games, 19,000 for college basketball, and 17,800 for ice hockey.
The Bradley Center hosted the Frozen Four in 1993, 1997, and 2006. The 2006 tournament was unique because the eventual champion University of Wisconsin Badgers had an unofficial home-rink advantage because of the statewide appeal of the Badgers and the location of the tournament in Wisconsin.
As the end of the Bucks Bradley Center lease draws near, the future of the Bradley Center is uncertain.
The Bradley Center hosted the Frozen Four in 1993, 1997, and 2006 plus the Great Midwest Conference men's basketball tournament in 1995. The 2006 tournament was unique because the eventual champion University of Wisconsin Badgers had an unofficial home-rink advantage because of the statewide appeal of the Badgers and the location of the tournament in Milwaukee, just under 80 miles from the Kohl Center in Madison.
The arena has played host for numerous WWE events as well, such as No Way Out 2002, Taboo Tuesday 2004. One of the most memorable moments in WWE history occurred in this facility when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin held Vince McMahon "hostage" at gun-point in October 1998, until finally threatening to kill him in the ring. As he raised his weapon to fire, the weapon was revealed as a simple toy gun that fired a banner saying "BANG 3:16", causing McMahon to wet himself. WWE recently came with a taping of Monday Night RAW in September 2007.
Celine Dion graced the arena on March 26, 1999. She enjoyed performing a concert as a part of her Let's Talk About Love Tour. It was one of the most popular concert at this arena.