Creating a downtown sports, education, and culture center

Iron District MKE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kahler Slater is currently designing a vibrant mixed-use sports and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee. Plans for the comprehensive district include the development of a stadium, which will be home to a professional soccer club, an indoor concert venue, a full-service hotel, multi-family residential housing, retail, and food and beverage elements.

Anchored by an 8,000-seat soccer stadium, the district will include an indoor concert venue, a full-service hotel, multi-family residential housing, retail space and food and beverage opportunities. In partnership with Kacmarcik Enterprises and Bear Development, the soccer stadium will host community events, recreational programming, and other athletic uses. The field, which features a premium, synthetic turf surface, will be used from March through November, hosting approximately 200 events.

Directly attached to the indoor concert venue will be a full-service, 140-room hotel. Plans for the upscale hotel will feature a full-service bar and restaurant overlooking the soccer stadium. The western edge of the development site will have 99 multi-family housing units designed towards a unique living experience as part of the broader sports and entertainment district.

The sports and entertainment district expects to create hundreds of new jobs in the community and draw a million visitors annually.

Partners include Bear Real Estate Group, Kacmarcik Enterprises, Marquette Companies, Pabst Theater Group and the City of Milwaukee.