Bucks roster additions are not only new developments in Bucks basketball
Seven of the fifteen players on the Bucks roster that will enter the 2009-10 Bucks NBA campaign are new to the team this season. Included in the fifteen are eight Bucks players born in seven countries other than the United States. The Bucks lead the NBA in international citizenship players with seven.
But the change and new looks don't end with the roster. Various new initiatives, products, partners, clubs, Bradley Center destinations and fan food options abound in the 2009-10 season. Here's a look at what has unfolded already and will continue through the Bucks home opener Saturday vs. Detroit at 7:30 p.m. and into the new campaign.
TICKET PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Milwaukee Bucks season ticket holders in some lower level locations will receive free parking throughout the season. New ticket packages like the "Click `n Pick" give fans the ability to select and build their own season ticket plans for added convenience and savings. A three-game Holiday Plan, in time for gift giving, will offer value and top opponents like LeBron James of Cleveland.
New full and half season subscribers will be invited to take part in pre-game events to provide an opportunity to meet and hear from General Manager John Hammond as well as meet their season ticket holder retention representative - a trained Bucks staff member who is a primary contact to help the subscriber get the most value and convenience from season ticket benefits. Earlier in the fall season, subscribers had the opportunity to upgrade their season ticket seating location in real time by computer. New season ticket prospects could also use the feature to pre-select available locations and purchase on-line or have research ready when they visit the Bradley Center.
The Wendy's Kid Tickets Free in November money-saving offer by the Bucks and Wendy's Restaurants provides children under 14 with free Bucks tickets for select November Bucks games. The purchase of a Wendy's combo meal and one adult Bucks full price game ticket earns parents a voucher good for up to two free kids tickets. The offer is also available on-line at Bucks.com and represents one of the highest family package savings in ticket promotions the club has ever offered. Wendy's is a Bucks team partner with participation on team broadcasts and in-arena promotions.
Bucks Group Ticket offers can include NBA Moment experiences, which place young fans close to the court during pre-game and even include the slam dunk moment of a player "high five." A new Bucks Backstage Pass gives fans the chance to be behind the scenes as teams arrive and also watch warm-ups early from courtside.
A new ticket offer, "Double the Drama" offers fans a combined Bucks game ticket and Marcus Theater movie pass during November and December, delivering value for the entertainment seeker who likes blockbuster Bucks games and Hollywood first-run movies. Miller Lite partners with the Bucks on Guys Night Out packages, which include a discounted game ticket, a Miller Lite-Bucks pilsner glass and a post-game visit to the Palermo's Courtside Club as well as a meet and greet with members of the Energee! Dance Team.
BUCKS CORPORATE PARTNERS
The Bucks Corporate Sales Department added 14 new sponsors and extended Bradley Center building partnerships with three others this season. Among the new sponsors are Jockey, Sonic Restaurants, ATI Physical Therapy, Fields Automotive, Yellow Pages, State Farm Insurance, and Russ Darrow Automotive Group, and Farmers Insurance.
Two club areas have received naming partners. Midwest Airlines remains the Official Airline of The Milwaukee Bucks and is now title sponsor of The Midwest Airlines Hometown Champions Club (formerly Club 71) on the suite level. The club offers a suite experience for groups from four to 70 fans with food and beverage service, restrooms and other amenities. During halftime, warm Midwest Airlines chocolate chip cookies will be served to guests, just as they are in-flight on Midwest Airlines routes. The club d