KISS The Bradley Center's Roof Goodbye

Implosion of roof over former Bucks Arena

January 13, 2019

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, just after 9:00 a.m., the Bradley Center's roof imploded as the process to deconstruct the former Bucks Arena continues. Attendance from the Milwaukee area community was scattered with mixed reports as to when the explosion would occur. Several sirens went off to clear the building as the countdown to 9:00 a.m. approached.

Bradley Center before

Here is a photo of the Bradley Center with the roof intact as moments before the detonation hit the roof. At approximately 9:03 a.m. a loud bang filled the surrounding area, with birds scattering and a cloud of smoke shortly thereafter. In a matter of seconds, the roof no longer remained and the crowds dispersed.

Bradley Center after

This is a photo of the Bradley Center about 5 minutes after the explosion occurred and the smoke cleared from the sky. While our view was from the street level, several videos were shared on Twitter covering views from rooftops and even the sky (via helicopter or drone).

OnMilwaukee was several blocks away and really captured the grand experience of the explosion!

Mike De Sisti of the Milwaukee ​Journal Sentinel provided slow motion video footage, including the shockwave felt a split second after the initial detonation.

MKE Drones scouted out the perfect vantage point for his drone to get a clear shot of the demolition, getting as close and high as they legally could.

WISN 12 NEWS had another very satisfying view from above the Bradley Center with their helicopter!

Mike De Sisti and James B. Nelson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel flew a drone over the debris in the Bradley Center after the dust settled to get a final look at the destruction of the morning.