OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - It's been a long time coming, and Friday night the efforts to bring an NBA development team to Oshkosh all come to fruition.
It's been nearly 10 months since we first reported the Milwaukee Bucks selected Oshkosh for the location of its G-League team, later named the Wisconsin Herd. Then in March, ground was broken for a new arena on the former Buckstaff Furniture Company site.
The arena wasn't ready before the start of the season, so the Herd played their first home games in Milwaukee.
Friday night, the Menominee Nation Arena is ready to host more than 3,500 people to celebrate this accomplishment with the Herds' first game on their home court.
When the game tips off at 7 p.m., the place will be rocking. It's a sold-out crowd as the Herd takes on the Iowa Wolves.
Herd president Steve Brandes is ready for the players to finally take the court in Oshkosh.
"The energy is electric, the fans, 'fandemonium,' it's going to be fun. People are pumped. It's going to be a real true gem for the city of Oshkosh, for the entire Fox Valley," Brandes said.
The Herd so far are off to a good start with a 6-3 record.