VIDEO: Former NBA arena roof imploded

VIDEO: Former NBA arena roof imploded

The roof of the Bradley Center, former home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, was imploded Jan. 13 as part of the arena’s scheduled demolition.

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January 14, 2019
Edited by Adam Redling

The roof of the Bradley Center, former home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, was imploded Jan. 13 as part of the arena’s scheduled demolition to make way for future development in downtown Milwaukee.

Hunzinger Construction, Brookfield, Wisconsin, has been hired as the general contractor overseeing the demolition and Veit, Rogers, Minnesota, is the demolition contractor.

The interior demolition of the arena was begun in late 2018.

According to WUWM.com, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity got the first crack at repurposing material from the Bradley Center. Items such as cabinets, faucets, light fixtures, and metal hose were taken from the arena’s suites to be later sold to support the organization’s building initiatives. Players’ lockers were also taken to be repurposed. In all, Habitat for Humanity filled 16 24-foot trucks with materials.

Rather than have to use high-reach excavators to systematically dismantle the roof, contractors decided to implode it while leaving the surrounding structure intact.

Veit Vice President of Demolition Steve Hosier told WUWM.com that the concrete of the structure will be crushed to be recycled for future use while the copper roofing structure will be salvaged.

Demolition is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019.

Watch the video of the Bradley Center roof implosion, courtesy of WISN 12 News: