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Herd to hold first 3 games in Milwaukee; Oshkosh arena won't be ready

The Menominee tribe buys the naming rights for the Wisconsin Herd's new arena in Oshkosh, October 23, 2017. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Because of construction delays, the Wisconsin Herd will play its first three home games in Milwaukee.

The team announced Tuesday that the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh will not be ready for the Nov. 17 home opener. Instead, the Herd will host that game and the next two home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

The Herd is an NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks.

“There have been a few delayed shipments, which moves the projected completion of the arena to only days before the scheduled opener," Fox Valley Pro Basketball President Greg Pierce said in a news release. "Unfortunately this does not allow us the opportunity to ensure we provide the highest customer service for patrons.”

The Herd says its season ticket holders will be able to attend the opening game, and will provide buses to take fans from Oshkosh to Milwaukee. The Herd also says it will distribute tickets to "community organizations focused on education, youth health and wellness, community betterment and mentoring."

The Nov. 18 and Nov. 28 games will be closed to the public, the team says. Herd officials say they will announce ways fans can watch or listen to the games.

The Herd is now planning for the Dec. 1 game against the Iowa Wolves to be the home opener.

The Herd's first four games are on the road, beginning with the season opener Monday against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.

Construction on the privately funded Menominee Nation Arena began in March. Bayland Buildings of Green Bay is the lead contractor.

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