The BMO Harris Bradley Center (formerly the Bradley Center) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was built through the generosity of the late Jane Bradley Pettit in memory of her father, Harry Lynde Bradley, co-founder and chairman of the Allen-Bradley Company (now Rockwell Automation). The Center is the only major, public assembly facility in North America with construction underwritten through the philanthropy of a single family. Its creation and continuing operation represent a gift to the people of Wisconsin. Construction of the Center broke ground in October 1986, and the building opened its doors to thousands of sports and entertainment fans two years later. The first event ever held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was a hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks on October 1, 1988. Today, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is home to three sports teams; the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, and the Marquette University Golden Eagles NCAA men’s basketball team. The facility hosts an estimated 1.2 million people each year and continues to be the number one entertainment destination in Downtown Milwaukee.
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Opening on February 11, 1968, it is now considered to be the oldest, and most active major sporting facility in the New York City metropolitan area. It is the oldest arena in the National Hockey League and the second-oldest arena in the National Basketball Association. Madison Square Garden is the third-busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, behind the Manchester Arena and The O2 Arena, both in England. At a total construction cost of approximately $1.1 billion, Madison Square Garden has been ranked as one of the ten most expensive stadium venues ever built. It is part of the Pennsylvania Plaza office and retail complex. Several other operating entities related to the Garden share its name.
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