Bucks, Froedtert unveil new training center

By Post Staff

August 13, 2017

The Milwaukee Bucks have two full-size practice courts at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center downtown, which will replace the training facilities at the Cousins Center in St. Francis.
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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks last week opened the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center, the team’s state-of-the-art training facility in downtown Milwaukee.

The 77,500-square-foot Sports Science Center is on the corner of Sixth Street and Juneau Avenue, a block from the team’s current arena, the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and across the street from the new Bucks arena scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The facility replaces the training facilities at the Cousins Center in St. Francis, where the Bucks have trained since 1997.

“The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center is going to give us a very distinct advantage in on-court improvement, rehabilitation and player recruitment,” Bucks President Peter Feigin said in a news release.

The new training center is part of a $1 billion arena project to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center as the Bucks home court. Construction is about half done and the Bucks expect to open their 2018-’19 season there.

The new training center is at Sixth Street and Juneau Avenue, a block from the
BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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The Sports Science Center boasts two full-sized basketball courts, an expansive strength training room with a cardio deck overlooking the space, three hydrotherapy pools, player amenities including a new player lounge, spacious locker room area, an outpost of Gee’s Clippers barbershop, kitchen area overseen by the team’s personal chef and dietitian, a media workroom, and office space for the team’s coaches, general manager and basketball staff. The Sports Science Center also has an outdoor patio area that overlooks the new arena and Milwaukee skyline.

“The new Sports Science Center is amazing and offers us exactly the tools we need to compete for a championship,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “Everything from the courts, to the training area, to the rehab facilities, to our new locker room and player lounge is first class.”

The center provides more than a comfortable place to train and hang out.

“As Peter (Feigin) and I emphasized when we announced our community partnership last year, we are united around a vision to build a healthier and more vibrant Milwaukee,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health. “The name Sports Science Center underscores that connection, because this innovative new facility sets the stage for advances in sports medicine and injury prevention that will benefit all of us in the years to come.”

As part of the collaboration on the Sports Science Center, Froedtert & MCW physicians will be the official health care providers for the Bucks players and will work closely with the Bucks training staff to devise training and rehabilitation programs for Bucks players. The Sports Science Center will serve as the hub for new athletic performance research endeavors conducted jointly by the Bucks and MCW sports medicine doctors and researchers.

The Sports Science Center was designed by Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects and internationally renowned design firm Populous. The design is part of the master plan for the former Park East corridor, featuring dark brick, a glass entrance and a zinc exterior, similar to the design of the new arena.

ICON Venue Group was the owner representative and project manager, while JP Cullen served as the construction manager for the Sports Science Center.