2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Sponsored Content, April 1, 2018

As host of major national events in 2017-18 in golf, basketball, and gymnastics, Milwaukee has definitely arrived as a first-class, sports-friendly city. Volleyball, table tennis, gymnastics, and fencing enjoy the flexibility of the Wisconsin Center, while the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is home to hockey and figure skating. New in fall of 2018, a $525 million arena and entertainment block will be the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Impressive venues also include the Pettit National Ice Center, Miller Park, and Uihlein Soccer Park. Add in a scenic Lake Michigan shoreline ideal for top-rated marathons, triathlons, and beach volleyball tournaments, and you’ve got a great sports destination.

Wisconsin CenterWisconsin Center

Wisconsin Center

The city’s downtown convention center complex, consisting of the Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and Miller Highlife Theatre, is sought-after by both professional and amateur sports competitions. With 189,000 square feet of space and a 37,506 square-foot ballroom, Wisconsin Center is ideally suited for a wide range of configurations for sporting events. The center has played host to USA Fencing, US Table Tennis, USA Volleyball and numerous gymnastics events. Skywalks to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee link some 1,200 rooms to the Wisconsin Center. The center connects events to shopping, dining, nightlife, festivals and attractions in downtown Milwaukee.

Quick Facts
Total Space 300,000 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 189,000 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site 28
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating No
Ceiling Height 30 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 11,000

Vince Piquette, Sports and Entertainment Manager

Uihlein Soccer Park

Uihlein Soccer Park

Uihlein Soccer Park is Milwaukee’s premier indoor/outdoor soccer complex. The park’s many features include 13 outdoor soccer fields (including two lighted stadium fields), three indoor fields (climate-controlled) surfaced in AstroPlay turf, full food and beverage facilities, locker rooms, Froedtert & Medical College trainer facility and more. Uihlein has played host to events like USA Ultimate Division 333 College Championship and State Wars Soccer, but the fields are not limited to soccer alone. Uihlein Field has been host to many other tournaments and events, including ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, football (indoor), field hockey, hurling and an archery range for the wheelchair Olympics.

Uihlein Soccer ParkQuick Facts
Distance from Downtown 13 miles
Total Space 13 outdoor soccer fields, 3 indoor fields
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 2,600

Dawn Urban, Events & Indoor League Administrator


Destination Facts

Downtown Hotel Rooms 5,200+
Surrounding Area Hotel Rooms 17,750
Sports Venues 12+
Largest Indoor Venue Wisconsin Center
Largest Outdoor Venue Uihlein Soccer Park
Closest Airport Mitchell International Airport

Recently Hosted

> 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships
> 2018 U.S. Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials
> 2017 NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Basketball Championships (Rounds 1 & 2)

What’s New

> New $500 million Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center
> Spring 2018 groundbreaking for Ballpark Commons in suburban Franklin, WI.
> First route of Milwaukee Streetcar launches fall 2018.

Key Indoor Venues

Wisconsin Center
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Pettit Ice Center

Key Outdoor Venues

Uihlein Soccer Park
Bradford Beach
The Rock Sports Complex


Marissa Werner, Sports & Entertainment Manager