Menominee Indian Tribe wins naming rights for Oshkosh arena

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - The Wisconsin Herd basketball team will play at Menominee Nation Arena. The naming rights for the new arena in downtown Oshkosh were announced Monday, ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA G League team's inaugural season.

Fox Valley Pro Basketball has entered a five-year naming rights deal with Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, and Menominee Casino Resort.

“Menominee Nation is committed to building a solid foundation for future generations, and we see Menominee Nation Arena and a partnership with the Wisconsin Herd as an opportunity to do just that,” said Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman, Gary Besaw. “We are returning to our ancestral land to share Menominee Nation’s culture and invest in the future for our Menominee community.”

The arena's facade will feature a thunderbird similar to the tribe's seal.

The Wisconsin Herd will host its home opener at Menominee Nation Arena on Friday, Nov. 17.

The team will play 50 games: 24 home and 24 away.

The 21 million, 36 hundred seat arena remains under construction, but when it's done, it's also expected to host concerts, and other special events when the Herd isn't playing a game.

Fox Valley Pro Basketball President Greg Pierce said, "We've had a plan all along to be ready for a game in mid November. We're on that plan, but that plan also has a lot of room for error. One thing could go wrong and set us back, but we've not had any problems so far and we're on target."

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