According to Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin, designs for a new arena will be reviewed by city officials as early as this month, with hopes that construction can begin in the first quarter of 2016.
Before the Bucks can break ground, the Plan Commission and Common Council must first approve the plans and a lease must be executed between the team and the Wisconsin Center District, the state-created agency that will own the arena.
The Bucks still remain hopeful that the arena can be ready in 24 months, but they acknowledge that it might not be available until the 2018-19 NBA season.
The Bucks also will build a privately financed entertainment district, to include bars, retail, and restaurants, as well as a new team practice facility on the real estate adjacent to the new arena. According to Feigin, the arena will not have any sit-down restaurants, which should encourage fans to patronize the district businesses.