Northeast Wisconsin shows mixed interest in Bucks' playoff run
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- If it weren't for all the big screen TVs at The Bar on Holmgren Way, you'd have a difficult time knowing the Milwaukee Bucks were in a pivotal playoff game Monday evening.
“I don't have any interest in the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Niki Giuliani of Green Bay.
“I don't really enjoy professional basketball,” said Ed Tucker of Ashwaubenon.
“I can't really say I have much interest in them,” said Cole Hansen of Deerfield.
Taylor Egelhoff, a manager at The Bar, says this night's crowd isn't a reflection of what he has seen during the Bucks previous four playoff games this year.
“I think now that the Bucks are playing good basketball, I do think a lot more people are coming around to it and wanting to see games,” said Egelhoff.
Down the street from The Bar, The Jersey Store historically has only had one rack of Bucks clothes. Although, that is about to change.
“Anytime we have people looking for any other team besides the Packers that is newsworthy,” said Mike Walters, store manager. “First thing I heard this morning from my manager was that yesterday we had about ten requests for Bucks jerseys.”
One way we used to gauge Northeast Wisconsin’s interest in the Bucks was through how many people went to the one exhibition game the team would typically play at the Resch Center each fall. However, the team hasn't made the tip north since 2014 when 4,685 people were in attendance.
A PMI spokesperson tells FOX 11 the Resch Center would welcome the Bucks back, but that decision is ultimately up to the team.
“How many games do they play down in Milwaukee?” said Tucker. “I think they could move around.”
That isn't likely to happen with a new state-of-the-art arena set to open in Milwaukee in the fall of next year. People at The Bar say continued success is the main factor in whether they'll ever check it out.
A new arena is also being built in Oshkosh, which will be home to the Milwaukee Bucks developmental league team. The team, which still does not have a nickname, is scheduled to debut this coming fall with 25 home games.