The Fiserv Forum is offering guided public tours and to get a taste of what those are like, we joined one on Wednesday and found that even empty of fans, the energy at the Bucks arena is pretty electric right now.
Fear the Deer signs were everywhere – often flashing in a frenzy of electronic movement – and staffers were hard at work readying the arena for tonight's Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals as the Bucks once again host the Toronto Raptors.
The 90-minute tour took us into the Bucks and Marquette locker rooms; a variety of impressive suites and party rooms; the backstage areas that are adorned with graffiti from musicians who have performed at the Fiserv Forum – including Maroon 5, Panic at the Disco, Metallica and others; the owners' private area; and more.
We got to hear from Bucks' great Jon McGlocklin, who wouldn't let us move on until he shook everyone's hand and heard everyone's name. (#classact)
Tours are $15 for adults and $12 for kids, seniors and active military. Details are here.
And to get you buzzed for tonight's game, here is an awesome video created after the tour by our pals at Social Candy:
Feel the energy of @FiservForum #Milwaukee. 😍
Get pumped up for tomorrow with an insider (you can take this tour too!) look now! #FearTheDeer #Bucks #BucksIn6 #NBAPlayoffs
Video: Social Candy pic.twitter.com/QSkqrafUjF — OnMilwaukee (@onmilwaukee) May 22, 2019
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.