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Completing the Wisconsin Center has been a goal since the building’s original two phases opened in 1998 and 1999. Real milestones began to be laid in 2012; the posts below show the incremental stages by which the expansion project continues to advance.
When originally opened as the Midwest Express Center in 1998, the Wisconsin Center was designed with a Phase III expansion in mind, extending to the north to Kilbourn Avenue. In this or a fourth phase, the center would ultimately to be connected to the Arena and Auditorium. However, this expansion was delayed by the tumultuous… Read Full Article
April 15, 2020 Employment Impact: The Wisconsin Center Expansion Project will entail over eleven hundred construction jobs on-site and as many off-site, generating more than $100 million in wages to help restart the economy. After completion, expanded operations are expected to bring in more than 100,000 new visitors, nearly double visitor spending within five years,… Read Full Article
Governance Committee to provide final approval before issuing bonds MILWAUKEE (April 2, 2020) – The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) Board approved a resolution authorizing the District to move forward with the $419.9 million convention center expansion, as well as restructuring of existing debt, increasing the Milwaukee County hotel tax, and extension of the food and… Read Full Article
03.27.20 | WISCONSIN CENTER DISTRICT AND CITY OF MILWAUKEE WORK TOGETHER TO MUTUALLY BENEFIT FROM THE WISCONSIN CENTER EXPANSION
MILWAUKEE (March 27, 2020) – The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) and City of Milwaukee are working together to identify a clear path toward advancing the expansion of the Wisconsin Center while providing a new revenue source for the City of Milwaukee via a proposed Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program. “One of the purposes… Read Full Article