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Bucks’ NBA Finals watch parties draw fans from across the country, globe

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 6:20 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2021 at 11:07 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) - The Milwaukee Bucks are hosting watch parties for the first two games of the NBA Finals.

The Bucks played the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday, and will play there again Thursday before the series comes to Milwaukee.

Tuesday night, tens of thousands of fans were in the Deer District to watch the first game of the Finals, and the energy level was infectious as fans expressed joy, excitement and worry as the city hosts its first NBA Finals Game in nearly 50 years.

While some of those fans traveled from other states, some international fans also made the trip.

“I (have) always been a supporter for the Bucks because they were an underdog, and they finally got their time to shine, so I came all the way from L.A. to show my little support,” said Curtis Day.

“This city been hot, rockin’, both black, white, green, whatever your race is, they all coming together, everybody happy and excited for it,” said fan William Thornton, who is from Mississippi.

“Ever since like Brandon Jennings and those days we’ve been Bucks fans. And our grandma is from Milwaukee, so we’re Packers fans, Brewers fans... just all Wisconsin,” said Ren Heimer, a Bucks fan from Japan.

For several people Action 2 News spoke with, the championship series is about unity.

“There is so much division in this country right now, in the world... This is a uniting time right here in the City of Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin, the United States of America. We’re coming together right here. It starts here,” said fan Michael Suminski.

“Being around all the other Bucks fans that are cheering for the exact same thing, it’s just an amazing experience,” said Jeanne Suminski.

Outdoor watch parties will be held in the Deer District both, which has drawn thousands of fans during the playoff run. Fans can gather at the plaza at Fiserv Forum and The Beer Garden.

Gates open two hours before tipoff. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

The team will also host an indoor watch party inside Fiserv Forum. Tickets are $10 with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

The outdoor watch parties will be held throughout the finals. Future indoor parties are to be announced.

If you can’t make it to the Deer District, watch the NBA Finals live on WBAY.

It’s the first time since 1974 that the Bucks have made it to the NBA Finals.

The last time the team won the title was in 1971.

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