Milwaukee Will Host Its First NHL Game Since 1993

The game will be at Fiserv Forum this fall.

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Fiserv Forum will host its first NHL game on Oct. 2 when the Chicago Blackhawks face off against the Minnesota Wild in a preseason matchup at 6:30 p.m. The game will be the NHL’s first in Milwaukee since 1993.

“We look forward to hosting the Blackhawks and Wild as we continue to bring a variety of dynamic events to Fiserv Forum.” Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin said.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Aug. 5. The game is part of the Blackhawks’ “Home Away from Home” 2022 series presented by BMO.

“We are excited to bring the Blackhawks experience to our fans out of Chicago and we can’t think of a better place to start than our incredible neighbors to the north,” Chicago Blackhawks President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner said. “We’re hard at work designing a gameday fans won’t want to miss.”

Prior to puck drop, pregame celebrations will include Blackhawks celebrity appearances, live music, photo opportunities and more on the plaza in the Deer District outside Fiserv Forum beginning at 3 p.m. Doors to Fiserv Forum will open to ticketed fans at 5 p.m.

It will mark the first time the Blackhawks have played in Milwaukee since Dec. 1, 1992, when they faced the Los Angeles Kings in a regular season matchup at the Bradley Center.

The Bradley Center opened on October 1, 1988, with a preseason game between the Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers. The arena, which was demolished in 2019, hosted NHL preseason and regular season games annually between 1988-93.

Fiserv Forum, which is home to the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University’s men’s basketball team, opened in August 2018 on a parcel adjacent to the where the Bradley Center stood.

The last time Milwaukee hosted an NHL game was on March 16, 1993, which featured a regular-season matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings. Washington prevailed 4-2 in front of a crowd of about 10,000 fans at the Bradley Center.

Tickets for the Oct. 2 game at Fiserv Forum can be purchased here



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.