Bucks, Marquette, Admirals oppose strip club across from Bradley Center
NOV 26, 2013 11:32a ET
In a three-way announcement no doubt born of the front offices and not the locker rooms, the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Admirals and Marquette Golden Eagles teamed up to ardently oppose plans to build a strip club across the street from the downtown BMO Harris Bradley Center the three share.
The organizations issued a joint letter, addressed to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as well as the city council and other officials, which said they "strongly object to the proposal to lease city-owned space located at 4th and Highland to the operators of a gentleman's club."
Downtown Silk MKE LLC has applied for a license to allow Adult Entertainment/Strippers/Erotic Dance on the ground floor of a city-owned building -- which the teams call "one of two primary parking structures for our events" -- that is directly across from the Bradley Center's main entrances. Silk Exotic is offering $10,000 in monthly rent for 10 years but it has been denied a tavern license multiple times.
The Bucks, Admirals and Golden Eagles were blunt and emphatic in their release, saying "without a doubt" a gentleman's club at the proposed location would "change the way our neighborhood is perceived and hurt our business." The letter mentioned the Bradley Center's attraction as a family-friendly destination and said customers "would be involuntarily subjected to having to deal with a strip club's existence when they visit our home."
In the letter, Bucks Vice President of Business Administration Ron Walter, Admirals President Jon Greenberg and Marquette Vice President and Athletic Director Larry Williams said they are "deeply concerned" with the proposal and asked the city to "do everything it can to … not erode the strong sense of community and standing invitation we share with our fans."
According to Silk, the outdoor signage of the building would not indicate it was a strip club. Still, Barrett has previously stated the city does not want such a tenant, and especially not across the street from the Bradley Center.