The Milwaukee Bucks is a franchise on the rise in the NBA. They have made the playoffs the last 2 years, and have a potential future MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. They are also benefitting this season from a brand-new stadium, Fiserv Forum. Will this be enough to propel them over the hump? Not sure, but this arena sure is fancy.
Our experiences will be based on the opportunity that we had to attend the second game played at this arena, Bucks vs New York Knicks. It ended up being a great game and experience.
Location + Parking
Getting to the arena is fairly seamless, as it is located in the heart of Milwaukee. There are multiple parking structures located around the arena and the pricing we saw wasn’t terrible, around $25-$40 per car. However, we decided against spending the extra and we parked about four miles away at a friend’s house and took a shared LYFT for $9. There is a special zone at the arena dedicated to ride share services and it is located right at the entrance of the arena.
With Wisconsin being a prominent beer state, there are plenty of places to catch a beer and some food before the game. However, if you’re anything like me and enjoy having your snacks and drink during the game, there are plenty of options at the stadium. There are two levels for public access in this stadium, with tons of food and drink options on both levels. We settled on a Chick-fil-a/Auntie Anne’s combo, which is located on the second level around section 204.
There are two levels that are connected by a long escalator or stairs. Traffic flows smoothly around the stadium and everything in the arena is brand new and modern. The bright lights and neon green lining the entire arena is appealing to look at the entire time. From the team-store to the restrooms, there wasn’t a single area where I did not feel comfortable. The money that we were able to save on parking I spent on a vintage Bucks hat from the team-store.
The arena itself is fairly small, only holding a seating capacity of 17,500 good for the 3rd smallest arena in the league. This is not the worst thing, because it makes for a very intimate experience and sitting in the highest level doesn’t necessarily feel like you are. But, to put this in perspective the largest arena in the league is the United Center home of the Chicago Bulls, and holds a capacity of 20,917.
Sometimes NBA game experiences can be hit or miss, but this one for us was definitely a hit. It all started when we got to our seats, and on it was a “you are a winner” card. We went to the guest services area to claim our prize, which ended up being a Brian Winters bobble head and upgraded seats! We started in section 223, which is an upper level seat which didn’t have a bad vantage. However, there was not a ton of space between the seats and my legs did feel a little compressed. But, we did get upgraded to section 122 row 4. Epic way to watch a game.
The Bucks also do an excellent job of coordinating their halftime show, t-shirt tosses, and fan games. It truly was an overall great experience that I would recommend to anyone. There are tons of events that happen at this stadium besides Bucks games, so check it out I am sure you can find something to fit your needs.