Fans travel to Milwaukee for Wisconsin Herd's first 'home' game
MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- Friday was an exciting night for basketball for fans of the Wisconsin Herd, especially season ticket holders.
"I got online right away, put my name in, I was, like, fifth or sixth in line to get season tickets," said Herd season ticket holder, Larry Lautenschlager.
But instead of a home-opener in Oshkosh at the Menominee Nation Arena, the Herd played at the Bucks home court in Milwaukee.
"It's awesome. I've never been on the actual floor before, so that's really cool," said fan, Ashley Kowalski.
The team paid to bus fans down Friday. About 400 people made the trip.
"I love it! I think it's great. They're treating us real high class, real first class," said fan, Renee Lautenschlager.
Others made the trek themselves.
"We drove. We're not season tickets, my boyfriend works for the team,' Kowalski said.
The Herd moved the game because concerns the team's home arena would not be ready in time.
"Yeah! It sucks, but what are you gonna do, right?" Kowalski said.
"A little bit, but I can understand, they wanted to make sure that first game when they opened up everything was perfect," said Larry Lautenschlager.
But fans tell us they can't wait until their home team comes home.
"Oshkosh already has a good sense of community, but I think it brings something more to the table, something bigger and better," Kowalski said.
"Appleton and Green Bay have always gotten everything, now Oshkosh has the Herd!" said Renee Lautenschlager.
As a gift, fans were given models of the Menominee Nation Arena floor.
A little teaser for those who can't wait to see the real thing.
"I have talked to people who have at least seen a little bit, sneaks, and they say it's beautiful. Can't wait to get there!" said Larry Lautenschlager.
And in a few more weeks they will.
The Herd won its first game against the Windy City Bulls Friday night, 100-92.
The first game in Oshkosh for the Herd is now scheduled for Dec. 1.