Deer District overflow lots filled with Bucks fans likely won’t repeat

Tuesday night’s scenes of an estimated 60,000 Milwaukee Bucks fans filling the Deer District probably won’t be repeated the next time the team wins an NBA championship.

That’s because many of the fans were filling overflow sites — empty lots the Bucks plan to transform with a hotel, apartments and other new developments.

The massive sea of fans outside Fiserv Forum for the Bucks' playoff run — expanding to 65,000 people for Game 6 — might not be seen again, as the area is set for development.

(Zoom in here to see Deer District development)

The first of those new projects is to begin construction by September at 420 W. Juneau Ave., north of Fiserv Forum.

That’s where The Trade, a Marriott Autograph Hotel, is to open by late 2022 or early 2023.

That nine-story, 205-room hotel is being developed by Madison-based North Central Group LLC on land leased from the Bucks.

It will fill the southern half of the block bordered by Juneau Avenue, McKinley Boulevard, Phillips Avenue and Fifth Street.