OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY)- After months of anticipation the very first public event was held Monday night at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh.
Court installation at Menominee Nation Arena (screenshot via @MenomineeArena on Twitter)
This is a story Action 2 News has been covering since late March when construction started on the 21 million dollar arena.
It's the new home of the Wisconsin Herd, and in just a few days the facility will be ready for basketball.
As the Wisconsin Herd prepare to host their very first game at the Menominee Nation Arena, members of the community and those who helped bring the G-League team to town were given a preview of what fans can expect later this week.
Greg Pierce, president of Fox Valley Pro Basketball, said, "We're real pleased in terms of what we're able to get inside of this building. Once you get inside here and see the amenities and how close all the seating is, and once you see the video systems work which are on now and the audio, I think you're going to be really surprised by how nice this building really is."
The 3,600-seat arena will host the Herd plus other events from concerts to banquets.
The event Monday was hosted by the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation which lobbied support for the project.
Jason White is the CEO. He said, "We've worked on a lot of projects this part year, but obviously the arena and Oshkosh Corporation stand out, as two cornerstone projects for Oshkosh in 2017. It's hard to find two other projects in any community that would be bigger than these two so I think it sets up our community very well, our economic security of our community very well for the long term."
With construction on the arena almost done the focus now will shift to the surrounding neighborhood.
"I think this is going to help move along things like the Pioneer property to get that redeveloped, and it's going to send a strong message to a lot of businesses that downtown Oshkosh is a place where you can look to have some great opportunities," said Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff.
The Wisconsin Herd play their first game in the new arena on Friday night. We're told a few tickets are still available.