March 07. 2013 11:00AM - Last modified: March 07. 2013 11:59AM

Marquette to host conference on arena debate

The Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, April 8, will host a conference on the debate over a new sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee.

Supported by the Law School’s Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research, the event will begin at 8 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required and available online.

Titled “A New Milwaukee Sports and Entertainment Arena? Divining the Benefits and Dividing the Costs,” the conference will address whether a new sports and entertainment facility is necessary, who would ultimately pay for it, and whether a new arena might be part of a larger plan that addresses other community or regional interests.

The city’s current facility, the BMO Harris Bradley Center, opened in October 1988. Now, 25 years later, discussions have begun about possibly replacing one of the oldest arenas in the National Basketball Association.

The future of the Milwaukee Bucks is in doubt unless a new arena is built, some community leaders say.

“Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, in collaboration here with Marty Kaiser, editor of the Journal Sentinel, and Dave Haynes, editorial page editor, has assembled business leaders, academics, journalists, and politicians to promote discussion of an important and timely topic,” said Dean Joseph D. Kearney. 

Confirmed participants include:
  • Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive
  • David Boardman, executive editor, Seattle Times
  • Marina Dimitrijevic, chair, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
  • Craig Leipold, majority owner, Minnesota Wild (and former owner, Nashville Predators) 
  • Greg Marcus, president and CEO, Marcus Corporation
  • Marc Marotta, chair, Bradley Center Board
  • Michael Murphy, alderman, City of Milwaukee
  • Cory Nettles, managing director, Generation Growth Capital, Inc.
  • Matt Parlow, associate dean for academic affairs, Marquette Law School
  • Tim Sheehy, president, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
  • David Shribman, executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Robin Vos, Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly
  • Roy Williams, president, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College