Bucks get closer to move-in day

The Bucks will play one more season at the BMO Harris Bradley center (pictured) before moving into their new arena in 2018.

Milwaukee- Bucks officials and more than 700 construction workers were on hand for the traditional "topping off" tradition at the teams future arena. The topping off tradition is when builders raise the last, ceremonial, or highest beam to the top of a structure during the construction process.

“Today’s topping off celebration is a testament to all the project leaders and skilled craft workers who are committed to building the most spectacular arena in the world,” said team president Peter Feigin. “There is still more work to be done, but we are proud to celebrate this momentous occasion and look forward to bringing this arena to life with the best of sports and entertainment.”

Attention now turns to the filling in the bowl with seats, the scoreboard, and hockey ice.

The new state-of-the-art Bucks arena is currently 55% complete and will open in the fall of 2018. In addition to being the home of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette men’s basketball team, the arena will host major concerts, family shows, boxing, MMA, NCAA men’s basketball tournament games and other special events. Both the Bucks and Marquette will begin play in the new arena for their 2018-19 seasons.