OH MY GOD THE SEAT CUSHIONS ARE WORN OUT IN MILWAUKEE:
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.