Bear Realty in Kenosha Partners with Milwaukee Company to Develop New Sports and Entertainment Venue Near Marquette University | Local News


A Kenosha developer has partnered with a Milwaukee company to unveil development plans for a new sports and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee.

Kacmarcik Enterprises and Bear Development have agreed to purchase an 11-acre parcel at Marquette University that the companies plan to develop into a new sports and entertainment district.

The parcel, which will be developed by Kenosha-based Bear Development, is bordered by North Sixth Street to the east, Michigan Street to the north and the 794/I-43 interchange to the east and south.

Plans for the full neighborhood include the development of a stadium, which will house a professional football club, an indoor concert hall, a full-service hotel, multi-family residential housing, retail and restaurant elements.

Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater is the project’s lead design and architecture partner.

“We are thrilled to work with the City of Milwaukee and other community partners to transform a long inactive site into a vibrant sports and entertainment district, furthering opportunities to live, work and play downtown.” , said SR Mills, CEO of Bear Development.

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The Sports and Entertainment District is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the community and attract one million visitors annually, many of whom will be new to our city.

“This new development reinvents and promises to breathe new life into a highly visible, strategic corridor, providing an exceptional opportunity to connect the Marquette University campus and Westown neighborhood to Milwaukee’s revitalized downtown,” said Marquette President Michael R. Lovell. “I am proud that Marquette can help facilitate the economic revitalization and community pride that this mixed-use development will catalyze through the strategic sale of this important parcel of land. I look forward to cheering on our men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer teams at their new competition venue.

Football stadium

The centerpiece of the proposed district is an 8,000 seat stadium and home ground for the Marquette men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Affiliation to a professional football league will be announced shortly.

The stadium will also host community events, recreational programs and other sporting uses.

The pitch, which will feature a premium synthetic turf surface, will be in use from March to November and will host approximately 200 events.

“Milwaukee is one of the great sports cities in the United States, and we’re excited to bring professional outdoor football to the community,” said Jim Kacmarcik, president and CEO of Kacmarcik Enterprises, and principal owner of Forward Madison FC, Madison’s USL. Franchise Ligue 1. “The beauty of football is that all over the world, communities rally behind the club of their city to support the players, the team and the others.”

Concert hall, hotel

Adjacent to the football facility will be a state-of-the-art indoor concert hall seating 3,500, operated by one of the world’s leading concert promoters and the Pabst Theater Group in partnership with Kacmarcik Enterprises. The facility will host national tours of 80 to 100 nights per year and more than 300 events per year in total.

“This incredible new venue is another rung on the Pabst Theater Group’s ‘artist and fan development ladder’ and will help artists choose Milwaukee as the city not only to launch their careers, but also to support them as they they keep coming back and as they grow,” said Gary Witt, President and CEO of Pabst Theater Group. “The location is perfect for a concert hall. It has plenty of parking and easy access to trains, buses and highways, and it’s only a stone’s throw from the city centre. This is the right place for us, working alongside great partners like Kacmarcik Enterprises and Bear Development and developing the potential of our venues in the same space as an exciting new professional football stadium. As an independent Milwaukee company for nearly 20 years, we are honored to carry the torch of live performance in Milwaukee into the future, alongside other independent local powerhouses like The Rave, The Cactus Club and Shank Hall.

Directly attached to the indoor concert hall, a 140-room, full-service hotel will offer views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. Plans for the upscale hotel, owned by Bear Development, will include a full-service bar and restaurant overlooking the football stadium and will be a convenient amenity for concert and stadium visitors.

Additionally, the western edge of the parcel will feature 99 multi-family dwellings, which will provide a unique living experience as part of the larger sports and entertainment district. The project is set to kick off later this year, with the stadium and entertainment elements set to open in spring 2024.

Michael J. Chiaramonte