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The MECCA name is returning to Milwaukee as the Bucks' new sports bar


The Milwaukee Bucks announced that it will build a sports bar as part of their plan for the entertainment center outside theFiserv Forum. It will be known as The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill, a nod to the team's original stadium—The MECCA Arena (Milwaukee Exposition Entertainment Center and Arena).

The Bucks left the MECCA Arena in 1988 (despite playing one commemorative game there in the 2017-18 season), and moved to the Bradley Center where the team stayed until the end of the 2017-18 season. This is the Bucks' first season playing at the new Fiserv Forum.

This season, the team has also been paying respects to the old MECCA Arena by sporting the "City Edition" Jerseys, which feature a cut out from the iconic floor of the MECCA Arena designed by Robert Indiana.

Unfortunately, the bar will not feature any of the original pieces from the MECCA Arena court, but the floor's future is still up in the air.

The team issued a statement that offered more details on the new MECCA sports bar. It will be able to accommodate 600 people and the bar will also feature "state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, all centered around a 36-foot high definition TV screen." There will also be outdoor seating on the first and second levels.

Architecture firm RINKA will be designing the new sports bar, while ADK is listed as the general contractor on the building permit.

According to city permits on file, the final design will include a theater dining room, viewing deck, a private dining room as well as a skybox dining room. Good City Brewing, located next door, will share a second floor patio with the MECCA Sports Bar and Grill.

The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill will be open this spring.