The Milwaukee Bucks North American NBA basketball franchise has announced the appointment of Raj Saha as an adviser ahead of the team’s move to its new arena.

Saha, who is president of Chicago-based Saha Group, has overseen the development of 10 major sports and entertainment venues and worked on events such as the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

He will advise the Bucks in areas such as analytics and data, arena operations, customer service, finance, property development, technology, ticket sales and venue management, according to Bucks president Peter Feigin.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Raj’s expertise guiding us as we work to assemble an operational plan for the new arena,” Feigin said. “Raj has played an integral role in opening and managing some of the most impressive sports and entertainment venues in the world and understands how to develop and implement the strategic plans that make these buildings successful.”

Construction work on the $500m (£402m/€450m) facility began in June. It is expected to be completed in 2018.

The stadium will be based north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with the team’s new $25m training facility being situated northwest of the arena.