Bucks, Marquette, Admirals oppose strip club across from Bradley Center

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.