The Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, the new home of NBA basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks, has partnered with food and beverage provider Levy on a sustainability project for the facility.

The sustainability program will result in the arena not offering plastic straws, with the venue to also use compostable food packaging.

The new arena, which will have a capacity of 17,500, is due to open in the autumn. It will replace BMO Harris Bradley Center as the Bucks’ home arena.

Raj Saha, general manager of the WESC, said: “We are committed to protecting our environment by enacting eco-friendly initiatives at our world-class arena. We will unveil our full sustainability plan as we get closer to opening the new venue, but we are proud to make our initial announcement on World Environment Day.”

The Bucks are yet to announce a naming-rights sponsor for the $524m arena, although Wisconsin-based financial services company Fiserv has been linked to a deal.

To find out more about the WESC, check out our recent Project Profile piece on the arena, which features a Q&A with Saha.

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