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Bucks say opening of new arena will be delayed by a year

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An image provided by the Milwaukee Bucks shows a new logo for the NBA basketball team. The rebuilding franchise unveiled a new logo on Monday night, April 13, 2015, that the team will start using after this season is over. (Milwaukee Bucks via AP)

AP

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say the planned opening of their new downtown arena will be delayed by a year.

The team hoped to have the arena ready by the start of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But the Bucks said Tuesday their construction schedule now targets an opening for the 2018-2019 season.

Team spokesman Jake Suski says the earlier date “simply isn’t realistic.”

The NBA has said it could move the team without significant progress toward construction of a new arena by 2017. An NBA spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday.

The Bucks now play in the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center.

On Monday, the Bucks submitted to the city of Milwaukee preliminary plans for the $500 million arena and a surrounding development. A planning commission will review the plans Nov. 9.