The wait is over.
After months of anticipation, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled their preseason schedule Thursday.
The seven-game slate includes two contests at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, as well a third “home” game at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The Bucks will be tested right off the bat, as they open the preseason on Tuesday, October 8 against Kyrie Irving and the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers. Two nights later, they’ll head to Sioux Falls, SD for a neutral-site contest against Minnesota (technically a home game for the Wolves). It will be a homecoming, of sorts, for rookie Nate Wolters, who starred at South Dakota State University, located in Brookings, roughly an hour north of Sioux Falls.
The Bucks host Charlotte on Saturday, October 12 in the first game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center before heading to Memphis (Oct. 15) and Chicago (Oct. 21) for two final road games.
Milwaukee then heads to Green Bay on October 23 to face the Knicks at the Resch Center in what has become an annual tradition. While it’s far from the Lambeau Field atmosphere fans in Green Bay are accustomed to, the annual foray North typically draws solid attendance and is a great fan experience*.
Two days later, the Bucks close out the preseason with the annual MACC Fund Game against the Raptors. Now in its 36th year, the game benefits Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, and it has raised more than $1 million for cancer research. Along with benefiting a worthy cause, the game will be a homecoming for former Marquette stars – and current Raptors – Dwight Buycks and Steve Novak.
2013 Bucks Preseason Schedule (via Fox6now.com):
|Tuesday, Oct. 8||@ Cleveland||Quicken Loans Arena||6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 10||@ Minnesota||The Pentagon (Sioux Falls, SD)||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 12||Charlotte||BMO Harris Bradley Center||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Oct. 15||@ Memphis||FedExForum||7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, Oct. 21||@ Chicago||United Center||7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 23||New York||Resch Center (Green Bay, WI)||7:00 p.m.|
|Friday, Oct. 25||Toronto||BMO Harris Bradley Center||7:30 p.m.|
|MACC Fund Game|
*I’m a native of Green Bay, and I attended several of these badboys as a youngster. The player exposure was phenomenal. I’ve witnessed Shane Battier launch a signed shoe into the stands, talked to Mike Miller and the immortal Andre Emmett post-game, asked T.J. Ford’s daughter to ask him to sign a piece of paper (he did), and – perhaps most importantly – received an indescribably sweaty, game-worn headband from Stromile Swift (I may or may not have worn it in every game of my sixth grade basketball season – no, it did not match my school’s colors, and yes, I looked ridiculous).