The Wisconsin Center, which is one of the world's most architecturally exhilarating and technologically robust convention facilities, is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.The Wisconsin Center's main architectural focus is the Rotunda area at the corner of 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. A public area in most circumstances, this street level space hosts a VISIT Milwaukee Visitors Information Center. Glass-enclosed concourse/lobby/pre-function spaces extend west and north from the Rotunda, and feature a variety of artworks. Whether you come here for work or play, whether you're running the show, exhibting, or attending, you can be assured the Wisconsin Center will serve you well.
On the street level are registration windows, a 37,506 square foot ballroom, up to 14 meeting rooms, and large pre-function lobby spaces. Three large meeting rooms and the Business Center are on the Mezzanine level. At the other end of the building, a skywalk from the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee connects on this level. The top level houses the Wisconsin Center's exhibit space. This consists of four exhibit halls which can be combined for a total of 188,695 gross square feet.
Jun 17, 2016
Upgrades and Renovations at UWM Panther Arena Begins Monday, June 20
Milwaukee, WI (June 17, 2016) Renovations and upgrades to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena will begin this Monday, June 20th in anticipation of the 2016-17 Milwaukee Admirals season, their first at the arena since 1986-87.
The total cost of the project will be $6.3 million, of which $2 million will be provided by the Admirals and the remainder paid for by the Wisconsin Center District, who operates the Panther Arena as well as the Milwaukee Theatre and the Wisconsin Center.
“We are excited to get the renovations and improvements underway here at the Panther Arena,” said Admirals Governor and CEO Harris Turer. “The facilities that will be created for players will be NHL-caliber and combined with the intimacy and fan-friendly atmosphere of the Arena, we will have a tremendous home ice advantage.”
The keystone project to the renovations will be the addition of a new locker room for the Admirals, as well as a new locker room that will be used by the Milwaukee Wave and visiting hockey and basketball teams. Here is a complete list of projects to be completed this summer:
“The UW Milwaukee Panther Arena is home to the best variety of sports and entertainment events in Milwaukee,” said Russ Staerkel, President of the Wisconsin Center District. “Facility investments including free WiFi, new seats, and expanded concessions will solidify our place as the best fan experience as well.”
JP Cullen Construction, which is based out of Janesville, will oversee the projects which are scheduled to be completed this fall in advance of the Admirals home opener on October 29th. In business since 1892, JP Cullen is a $380 million full-service pre-construction and construction company with 600 employees, managing projects from $1,000 to over $80 million in size, including the Camp Randall Student Athlete Performance Center at the University of Wisconsin and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences building.
Apr 11, 2016
The Milwaukee Theatre invites you to Spend the Night with Alice Cooper, Thursday, October 6
Milwaukee, WI (April 11, 2016) The Milwaukee Theatre is proud to announce that veteran shock rocker Alice Cooper is bringing his “Spend the Night with Alice Cooper” tour to the historic venue this fall! Alice and his band will perform at the Milwaukee Theatre on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $30, $40, $50 or $70, and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster retail locations, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com. VIP Packages are also available online-only, starting at $200.00!
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.
With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images.
Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album Love It to Death which hit the charts in 1971, followed by Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love. Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw the release of a Greatest Hits album, and then Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, in 1975, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.
Associated with that album and tour was the ground-breaking network TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare. Other film and television appearances include The Muppet Show, Mae West’s last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearst Club Band and appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show. The original band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in 1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of The Snoop Sisters.
Alice's solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970's, with a succession of hit singles, including “You & Me,” and classic albums, including Lace And Whiskey and From The Inside, and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.
In the ‘80’s Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new wavish album Flush The Fashion, the heavy metal Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell, and then 1989’s melodic hard rock album Trash, which featured the massive hit single “Poison” and became his biggest selling album and single worldwide. During this period Alice also appeared in the horror films Monster Dog and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, and recorded songs for the soundtracks to Roadie, Class of 1984, Friday the 13 Part VI: Jason Lives and Wes Craven's Shocker.
Cooper’s most memorable movie appearance was as himself in Wayne’s World in 1991. He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger’s wicked step-father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and appeared on Gene Wilder’s TV series Something Wilder as well as on That ‘70’s Show. The 90’s also saw the release of the albums Hey Stoopid, The Last Temptation, and Fistful of Alice, a live album.
1999 saw the release of the definitive historical 4 CD box set The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper, from Rhino/Warner.
In the new millennium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and releasing the albums Brutal Planet, Dragon Town, The Eyes of Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds, Along Came a Spider, and 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, plus Old School 1964-1974, a box set celebrating the original band.
Alice has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally, with his band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.
He also wrote and published a memoir, Golf Monster, in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, and his journey from alcoholic to golf addict, and was featured in the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows in 2012.
Alice's 2011 album Welcome 2 My Nightmare featured a return to his partnership with longtime collaborator, producer Bob Ezrin, as well as contributions from former original Alice Cooper bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Brucem and a return to the themes of the iconic 1975 Welcome To My Nightmare album.
Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.
2014 saw the release of Super Duper Alice Cooper, a documentary detailing the arc of Alice's rollercoaster ride in the world of rock superstardom. Directed and produced by the same team from Banger Films that delivered the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries, it premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and has since been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn't achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.
As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he's still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his “Nights With Alice Cooper” nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations including 96.1 WTCX-FM in Ripon, 105.7 WAPL-FM in Appleton, 103.3 WGLX-FM in Wisconsin Rapids, and 103.9 WFXF-FM in Chicago.
Mar 16, 2016
Milwaukee, WI (March 16, 2016) Today, the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) and Milwaukee Admirals announced terms of a new ten-year lease agreement to bring the AHL hockey franchise to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The announcement follows approval of the agreement by the WCD Board of Directors earlier this morning.
"This agreement is a win for taxpayers, a win for the Admirals, a win for the District, and a win for downtown Milwaukee,” said WCD Board Chairman Scott Neitzel. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Center District, we’re thrilled to welcome the Admirals to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. With the new revenue and economic activity generated by this partnership, we are one step closer to realizing an exciting vision for the future of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and downtown as a whole.”
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our franchise and our fans,” said Harris Turer, Governor and CEO of the Milwaukee Admirals. “We thank the Wisconsin Center District and its Board of Directors for helping to create this partnership which will keep Admirals hockey and entertainment in downtown Milwaukee for the long-term. As an organization, we also look forward to working with the WCD to enhance the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena which will create a great home ice advantage for our players and our fans.”
The lease agreement culminates several months of work by the WCD and Admirals to secure the team’s long-term future in downtown Milwaukee. Overall, the agreement is largely consistent with the Admirals’ existing lease at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and other minor league hockey franchises.
In addition to being the home of the UW-Milwaukee basketball team, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena will now play host to approximately thirty-eight Admirals events a year and provide an additional source of revenue for the Wisconsin Center District.
The WCD also acknowledges the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for their work in facilitating this move.
UW-Milwaukee chancellor Mark Mone said the university is pleased that the Admirals will be playing in the UW Milwaukee Panther Arena.
“We welcome the Admirals and all of their fans to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The Admirals are a great organization and will be a wonderful addition to the historic building that bears our name.”
The Admirals will begin play at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena beginning with the 2016-2017 season. The team will release game and ticket information at a later date.
Feb 2, 2016
Amy Grant brings the Live Life Together Tour with Nichole Nordeman and Ellie Holcomb to the Milwaukee Theatre, April 27
Nashville, TN (Feb. 2, 2016) Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant will be joined by fellow Dove Award-winning artists Nichole Nordeman and Ellie Holcomb on the Live Life Together Tour this spring. Presented by World Vision, the tour will launch April 14, in Seattle (Shoreline, Wash.), and hit 20+ cities across the U.S. before wrapping up in early May.
The tour is coming to the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, on Wednesday, April 27, for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets to the Milwaukee concert are $30.50, $40.50, or $50.50, and go on public sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster retail locations including the kiosk in the Wisconsin Center rotunda, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience for concert attendees, the tour will allow these gifted artists – each consummate songwriters and storytellers in their own right – to perform some of their best-loved songs throughout the night. The stage will be set for an unforgettable evening of sharing, community and “living life together” through song.
Jan 25, 2016
Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his keeping it country tour to Milwaukee
Nashville, TN (January 25, 2016) Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR to the UW Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, on Friday, April 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29 at 10:00am CT.
Tickets and information for the KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR are available at Ticketmaster.com, at the box office at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, and at www.alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available.
Alan Jackson’s KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR finds the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discover his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit, “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many, many more.
Special guest Lauren Alaina joins Jackson for his Milwaukee show. The singer, who won America’s hearts when she appeared on the tenth season of American Idol (and is returning to the show for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants), arrived on the scene with her #1 debut album, Wildflower. Now she’s climbing the charts with her latest single, “Next Boyfriend,” off her brand new Lauren Alaina EP.
Jackson’s 2016 tour is a continuation of his recent 25th anniversary celebration which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015. Jackson recently released a new album, Angels and Alcohol, and is the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.
ABOUT ALAN JACKSON:
The man from rural Newnan, GA, who claims he is just a “singer of simple songs,” has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014, having earned the title of most-performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson’s current album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was released last summer. He is also the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, available now.
Jan 12, 2016
STOMP, the international sensation, returns to the Milwaukee Theatre for one night only, Thursday, February 25!
Milwaukee, WI (January 12, 2016) STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to the Milwaukee Theatre for one night only, on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.00, $48.00 or $68.00, and go on sale at Friday, January 15, at noon. Buy tickets at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office, the Wisconsin Center Rotunda, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.
Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; next year/this year (depending on when release goes out), it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…
STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.
In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has received an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud. Other noteworthy TV appearances include The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.
The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.
Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, and hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.
Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.
Oct 27, 2015
Historic Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Induction Class
Milwaukee, WI (October 27, 2015) The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame today announced that Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball coach Bo Ryan and Green Bay Packers all-time leading wide receiver Donald Driver have been selected for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame’s 65th Anniversary Class. The pair join 135 of the state’s greatest athletic icons, including Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Willie Davis, Herb Kohl, Bart Starr, Ab Nicholas, Bob Harlan, Fred Miller, Alan Kulwicki, Robin Yount, Bonnie Blair and Bob Uecker in one of the country’s most historic halls of fame.
Ryan and Driver will be inducted during a special event celebrating their distinguished careers and contributions to athletics in Wisconsin on April 30th, 2016 at the historic UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, the site of the first Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame induction event in 1951. Tickets to the one-of-a-kind celebration event, which will be attended by Ryan, Driver and past Hall of Fame inductees, are available for as little as $15. Tickets are on sale now at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office, the Wisconsin Center Rotunda, select Walmart stores, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.
On hiatus since 2009, the revival of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame has been made possible through the support of community partners Associated Bank, the Official Bank of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, West Bend Insurance, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“When I started my career as a seventh round draft pick from Alcorn State, I never envisioned myself being in any hall of fame, let alone one that is filled with great names like Hank Aaron and Vince Lombardi,” Driver said. “To join this special group of people that have meant so much to the state of Wisconsin is a dream come true. I can’t wait to celebrate with the fans on April 30th.”
"I’ve been living and coaching in the state of Wisconsin for nearly 40 years and I’m proud to call this home,” Ryan said. “I’ve followed all of our state’s teams very closely over the years and come to admire the passion and success we’ve all shared. With the names and accomplishments of the people in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, it’s truly an honor to be associated with the legends or our state who have been so impactful in sports.”
“Bo and Donald are the embodiment of what Wisconsin athletics are all about,” said Brian Lammi, Executive Director of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame LLC. “Hard work, dedication, love for the game and a deep appreciation for the fans all come to mind when you think of these two. We couldn’t ask for a better way to re-launch the Hall of Fame and we hope Wisconsinites will come and show their support for these two men who have given so much to sports in our state.”
Donald Driver’s induction comes after a record-setting 14 year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. A seventh-round draft pick in 1999, Driver set the franchise’s all-time marks for career receptions (743) and yards (10,137) and has more 1,000 yard seasons (seven) than any other player in franchise history. A four-time Pro Bowl performer, Driver is widely considered to be one of the best receivers of his generation. In 2010, Donald helped lead the Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, earning Donald his first Super Bowl ring and the Packers a record 13th world championship. With an ever-present smile and inspirational story of overcoming poverty and homelessness as a child, Driver remains one of the most popular players to ever wear a Packers uniform.
Entering his 15th season as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team, and 32nd season as a head coach in the state of Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has worked tirelessly to grow the game of basketball across the state. As the coach of UW-Platteville, Ryan led the school to a 353-76 overall record while guiding the program to the highest winning percentage (.908) of any school in college basketball during the ‘90s. Ryan also steered the Pioneers to unprecedented tournament success, winning four Division III national championships while compiling a 30-5 NCAA Division III tournament record. After two years at UW-Milwaukee, Ryan took over as the head coach of the Badgers and firmly established both himself and the program among the best in the country. During his tenure, Ryan’s Badgers have won a school-record 357 games, seven Big Ten titles and made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Final Fours in 2014-2015. In 2015, Ryan took home his fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, trailing only Purdue's Gene Keady (7) and Indiana's Bob Knight (5) for the most conference coach of the year awards.
The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame, located on 4th Street in Milwaukee’s downtown sports and entertainment district, contains bronze plaques commemorating the 135 members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. The Walk of Fame is free and open to the public 365 days a year.
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