Season ticket holders for the Wisconsin Herd were notified Tuesday morning that construction delays will keep the team from starting its season in Oshkosh.
The first three games, on Nov. 17, 18 and 28, will be played at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The first game in Oshkosh will be Wednesday, Dec. 1, against the Iowa Wolves.
The team is offering to provide free transportation from Oshkosh for the “home” opener on Nov. 17. It is also offering credits to season ticket holders for the first three games.
“There has been an unprecedented level of cooperation between the builders and subcontractors since we first began building a state-of-the-art NBA G League arena seven months ago,” said Fox Valley Pro Basketball President Greg Pierce. “There have been a few delayed shipments, which moves the projected completion of the arena to only days before the scheduled opener. Unfortunately this does not allow us the opportunity to ensure we provide the highest customer service for patrons.”
From the team’s press release:
“Creating a positive experience for our fans, players and partners is our top priority,” said Herd President Steve Brandes. “In partnership with Bayland Buildings and the Menominee Nation Arena team, we’ve determined that we will be unable to meet the high standard NBA G League fans deserve in time for our home opener.”
“The Menominee Nation Arena project has been an incredible display of hard work and collaboration, starting as an empty lot just seven months ago,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner. “We support the decision to host the team’s Wisconsin opener in Milwaukee to ensure players, partners and fans have the highest level of experience, service and safety. We look forward to celebrating with Wisconsin Herd fans at the Menominee Nation Arena home opener on Dec. 1.”
The Wisconsin Herd will celebrate their “Wisconsin Opener” presented by Menominee Tribal Enterprises on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as part of the Bucks’ 50th Anniversary Season. The game will be open to Herd Season Ticket Holders with buses transporting fans to Milwaukee from Oshkosh. The Herd also plans to distribute tickets to community organizations focused on education, youth health and wellness, community betterment and mentoring.
The Herd games on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 28 will be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and will be closed to the public. Opportunities for fans to watch and listen to these games will be announced later this week.
Photo: Herd practice in Fond du Lac Oct. 27. Photo by Andrew Shea.