Milwaukee arena manager complains that stuff breaks


At the 25-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center, rust is working its way through metal exit doors, some of the key mechanical systems are as old as the building itself, the seats are wearing out and parts of the glassy atrium roof leak.

Steve Costello, president and CEO of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, said the building, the home of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Admirals and the men’s basketball program at Marquette University, is a “senior citizen.”

“It is becoming more and more difficult to maintain the building — and a stable fiscal position — amid the challenges that we face,” Costello said…

A tour this week of the arena’s innards showed wear and tear in key mechanical areas. Costello said that over the next five to 10 years, $25 million to $40 million in major capital repairs will be needed. That’s on top of $1 million needed in routine annual maintenance, he said.

News flash: Buildings require maintenance. Even new buildings. Actually, new buildings sometimes require more maintenance, because they have schmancier designs that need pricier upkeep (like glass atriums were in 1988 when the Bucks opened the Bradley Center). In that light, $25-40 million worth of repairs doesn’t seem that outrageous, especially compared to the estimated $500 million price tag on a new building.

Speaking of that price tag, Wisconsin counties continue to line up not to want to help pay it: Waukesha County’s board is expected to vote next week to join Ozaukee and Racine counties in voting to refuse to participate in any regional sales tax plan to fund a new Bucks arena, as was used to build the Brewers‘ Miller Park. Until somebody figures out another way to make half a billion dollars appear out of thin air, then, Costello might want to assign himself some weekend reading.

4 comments on “Milwaukee arena manager complains that stuff breaks

  1. Also important that the parks and rec department is about 100 million behind in upkeep and backlogged capital expenses. There’s going to be little appetite to push through a half a mil arena at the same time that there are huge backlogs at county parks that, while many are in good condition, do have significant long-term maintenance issues.

  2. The 1st link is dead, btw.
    Cripes, when did adults turn into whiny, spoiled entitled brats? “There’s a scratch on my bicycle! Buy me a new one! Waaah! My arena is so old and worn out & requires maintenance! Build me a new one! Waaaah!”
    Steve Costello, do you have any idea how petty & pathetic you sound? We’re laughing at you. Maybe you would be happier running a Subway.

  3. So, is Mr. Costello suggesting that all senior citizens need to be sent to the carousel when they require any sort of significant upkeep? How old is Mr. Costello, I wonder?

    There are a great many shocking financial fallacies prevalent in the minds of the general public these days. Most have been placed there by others… including this one: That it is cheaper to build a new facility than to maintain an old one. It absolutely is not. In fact, rarely is even a century old building cheaper to replace than fix. Sometimes you want a new toy rather than a repaired one, but never believe that you can have a new one for less than the cost of the old one.

    BTW, when idiots start talking about how expensive it would be to fix an old building in an effort to justify a new building, why do they always leave out the part where it will cost more to demolish and clear the site of the old one (after the new one is built) than it would to repair it?

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