The Milwaukee Bucks will return to Madison this fall. The team announced Monday it will return to campus twice this upcoming preseason, first for a week of training camp from Sep. 29 through Oct. 2, then for a preseason game on Tuesday, Oct. 20 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bucks head coach Jason Kidd and General Manager John Hammond joined Badgers men's basketball head coach Bo Ryan and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez on the floor at the Kohl Center to make the announcement.
"The passion for basketball in Madison is unparalleled, not only throughout the state but across the country," Hammond said. "The Bucks proudly represent the entire state of Wisconsin. We're beyond excited to bring Bucks basketball to the capital and reconnect with the amazing fans at the Kohl Center."
Alvarez said the university is thrilled to welcome the Bucks back to campus.
"I know that basketball fans in our area will enjoy the exhibition game and we're pleased to have an up-and-coming team like the Bucks in our facilities and around out city."
Kidd complimented the Badgers on their facilities, saying they are among the best in the nation.
"To be able to display the greatest players in the world here on campus, I think is going to be a thrill for the University of Wisconsin but also for our young men who could still be in college," he said.
The training camp will be held at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion on campus, with at least one practice open to the public.
The Bucks have a tradition of playing in Wisconsin's capital city, but the last game played in Madison was on Oct. 19, 1999. Milwaukee played 25 regular season games, seven playoff games and five preseason games in the city during the 1960s and 1970s. There were only three other exhibitions in the next two decades combined however.