Tops off to the Bucks' future
New arena celebrated Thursday

By Nyesha Stone - Special to The Freeman

August 25, 2017

 The last beam about to be added to the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nyesha Stone/Special to The Freeman

MILWAUKEE - It's been a long time coming and the process is still coming along. The new $500 million dollar Milwaukee Bucks arena project started 14 months ago, and on Thursday the last beam of the building was lifted into the air.

The Milwaukee Bucks held a Topping Off Celebration of the New Arena on the new arena's soon-to-be basketball court. "Topping off" is a common celebratory event that acknowledges the hard work of everyone who is part of building a construction project.

"There's no better fitting way then to have our real team, who is building this arena, as our first event on the arena floor," said Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin. "Let's hear it for the construction crew of this great arena."

 The Milwaukee Bucks held a "Topping Off Celebration" Thursday for its new arena on its
soon-to-be basketball court.
Nyesha Stone/Special to The Freeman

Feigin was accompanied on stage by Mayor Tom Barrett, Mortenson Construction, Milwaukee Tool Construction Site and others who played a role in the building process of the new arena project. Eight people sat on stage, patiently waiting their turn to give some small speeches or thanks before the last beam was raised.

Construction workers, and those in the arena, had the chance to sign their names on the beam before they could no longer reach it.

Once the speakers finished and the music was turned down, everyone in the arena shifted his or her attention to the beam. Phones, cameras and curious eyes watched the last beam slowly and safely be lifted and attached to its forever home in the new arena.

Feigin has high hopes for the new arena because they're putting the fans first. Fans will be closer to the action and food, and have better security because they will no longer have to sit in seats with a steep slant.

It was stated multiple times by Feigin and others that the arena is on time and on budget. They've also reached their goals of apprenticeships and being safe.

To end the event, construction workers were given free lunch with the arena filled with music.