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Milwaukee Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - By DAN MUR­PHY

We say good­bye to the Bradley Cen­ter with a re­flec­tion on the good times had there, from Kiss to D-Wade, and five mem­o­rable mo­ments from the arena’s his­tory.

THE BRADLEY CEN­TER opened Oct. 1, 1988, with an NHL game (in a nonNHL city) and had its maiden mu­si­cal voy­age with Amy Grant. Its last public event was an April 30 Bon Jovi con­cert, but our old arena has a few more sto­ries to tell. – MATT HRODEY NOV. 9, 1989 THE 5 OT GAME The stuff of leg­end, this Buck­sSeat­tle Su­per­son­ics tilt de­scribed by Vice Sports as “ar­guably the great­est reg­u­lar sea­son game in NBA his­tory” stretched to five over­times and four and a half hours. The Bucks won 155-154. NOV. 1, 2000 EMINEM AND LIMP BIZKIT Re­mem­ber when Limp Bizkit was bigger than Eminem? Mil­wau­kee’s stop on the Anger Man­age­ment Tour fea­tured the Detroit rap­per on his way to su­per­star­dom and Fred Durst’s rap-metal out­fit on the op­po­site tra­jec­tory. OCT. 4, 2012 THE BRAWL AT THE BRADLEY In a weird con­flu­ence of forces, groups of two op­pos­ing youth gangs ran into each other at a Bucks scrim­mage and set to pound­ing on each other as the re­main­der of the au­di­ence scat­tered or looked on in hor­ror. SEPT. 25-26, 2015 GARTH BROOKS OWNS ALL Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, El­ton John and even Yanni have taken the Bradley Cen­ter stage, but no one ruled the arena quite as Brooks did dur­ing these three sold-out shows – his first per­for­mances in Wis­con­sin in 19 years.

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