Oshkosh moves forward with Bucks D-League plans
OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Oshkosh is moving ahead with plans for a new arena. City leaders are hoping the plan will lure the the Bucks' development league basketball team to the area.
However, the Bucks still haven't committed to the city.
The decision to approve the Bucks D-League arena was unanimous Tuesday.
"Everyone is so excited, so pumped up about this development that there's no other way it could go," said Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings.
We reached out to a spokesperson for the Bucks who said the organization still has not officially chosen Oshkosh as the home for the future team. Sheboygan and Racine are also in the running.
"I can't speak for the Bucks on that. I mean, clearly, we're in discussions with them. We're not gonna be doing this unless things are going on," explained Greg Pierce, the president of Fox Valley Professional Basketball.
"I think they were very impressed by the community and what they saw in the community going on with the redevelopment on the riverfront," added Cummings.
Fox Valley Professional Basketball is the development group behind the project.
The $15 million, 3,500 seat arena would be privately funded.
It would be located on South Main Street at the site of the old Buckstaff Furniture factory.
"The biggest thing is a concern about traffic and parking," Pierce told FOX 11 News.
Some living and working in that neighborhood are worried about what hundreds of visitors could mean. There would be about 24 home games, most on Fridays and Saturdays.
"We're gonna try to have as many people park on site as we can to minimize that. There will probably be some parking on the street and we're gonna work with the city to minimize the impact," Pierce told us.
Some are also worried if arena is built, the team comes, but then the team fails after a few years. Organizers said they have plans for other events there like concerts, youth sports and trade shows.
The also told us, however, they won't build the arena without a solid commitment from the Bucks.
"I think there's a hole in the entertainment business between Milwaukee and Green Bay that we might be able to fill and I think we might be able to sustain ourselves even with out basketball," explained Pierce.
The next step for the plan is it will need to be approved by the full city council. The vote could take place as early as next Tuesday,