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A New Milwaukee Sports and Entertainment Arena? Divining the Benefits and Dividing the Costs
It opened to great fanfare in October of 1988, a gift from Lloyd and Jane Pettit to the City of Milwaukee. Now, only 25 years later, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is one of the oldest arenas in the National Basketball Association, and discussions have begun about its possible replacement. Supporters of a new sports and entertainment facility say it’s critical to the city’s future. They argue that without an arena that provides new revenue- generating features, Milwaukee risks losing not only an NBA franchise, but major concerts and popular special events. They say the city’s quality of life would be lessened, its reputation as a major league market damaged. Critics say that the impact of new arenas and stadiums on communities is overstated, and that taxpayer money should go toward more pressing needs.
Our conference, a project of Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, supported by the Law School’s Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research, will focus on the three key questions in this debate. Should a new sports and entertainment facility be built in Milwaukee? If so, who should pay for it? And should a new arena be part of a larger plan that addresses other community or regional interests? We’ll also examine the economic and psychological impact of sports arenas on cities, how other communities have financed similar facilities, and the public and political appetite for a new arena.
7:30 a.m.—8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m—8:10 a.m.
Dean Joseph Kearney, Marquette University Law School
Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
STARTING THE CONVERSATION
8:10 a.m.—9:10 a.m.
Tim Sheehy, President, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Marc Marotta, Chairman, Bradley Center Board
Greg Marcus, President and CEO, Marcus Corporation
Cory Nettles, Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., Of Counsel at Quarles and Brady, LLP
Moderator: Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School
THE COSTS, BENEFITS, AND FINANCING OF NEW SPORTS FACILITIES
9:15 a.m.—10:15 a.m.
Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College
Matthew Parlow, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
10:15 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
THE OKLAHOMA CITY EXPERIENCE
10:30 a.m.—11:10 a.m.
Roy Williams, President and CEO, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
THE SEATTLE AND PITTSBURGH EXPERIENCES
11:15 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Introduction by David Haynes, Editorial Page Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
David Boardman, Executive Editor, Seattle Times
David Shribman, Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Moderator: Marty Kaiser
12:00 p.m.—12:30 p.m.
OWNERSHIP’S ROLE IN SPORTS FACILITIES PROJECTS
12:30 p.m.—12:45 p.m.
Introduction by Martin Greenberg, Greenberg Law Office and Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University
12:45 p.m.—1:25 p.m.
Craig Leipold, Racine resident and Majority Owner, Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (Owner of National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild)
Interviewer: Mike Gousha
1:30 p.m.—2:40 p.m.
Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive
Willie Hines, President, Milwaukee Common Council
Robin Vos, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker (R-Rochester)
Marina Dimitrijevic, Chair, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
Michael Murphy, Alderman, City of Milwaukee
Moderator: Mike Gousha