The Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh will be the practice area and home court for Milwaukee Bucks’ minor league affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. This fall, the Menominee tribe purchased the naming rights for the arena located in a city named after the tribe’s chief.
“That’s been really exciting to partner with [the Menominee tribe] and bring them back to Oshkosh because that’s where they started. It’s really neat that they’re coming home and bringing part of their history with them,” says Kate Wyman, marketing coordinator for the arena.
Wyman says the partnership with the Menominee Nation extends beyond the name.
“One thing that they’re doing is using the wood that they sustainably grow on their reservation … for the basketball court,” she says.
The newly developed arena will feature 3,500 seats, club-level VIP seating, food, beverage and retail spaces, as well as other entertainment amenities. Developers envision the arena will become an anchor of the Sawdust District, a sports and entertainment hub in the region.
When not in use by the team, the Menominee Nation Arena will accommodate events such as concerts, sporting events, conventions and trade shows. For the arena’s first event, the Harlem Globetrotters will take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals on January 1 at 1 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 800-895-0071.