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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) - It’s the start of a new era in Milwaukee.

The Bucks played their first game at the brand new Fiserv Forum, and fans couldn’t wait to cheer on their team in their new home.

It may have just been a preseason game Wednesday, but you wouldn’t know it from the excitement of the fans.

They showed up hours before the game to be a part of Bucks history.

The doors opened Wednesday, and just like that a new era began in Milwaukee.

“I feel like it’s pretty special,” said Ryan Glinberg from his seats near the court.

Fans poured into Fiserv Forum for the first of what will be decades worth of games at the new arena.

“Now having the team here for 30 more years with this place to showcase every day, it’s awesome,” said Ben Menzel, who is at the game with his wife and son.

Before they found their seats, the Menzel family took in the sights.

“I think it’s wonderful, I love what they’ve done to showcase Milwaukee,” said Amy Menzel.

“I never dreamt of it either, it’s just a cool experience to experience the first game at Fiserv Forum,” said Ian Menzel.

There is a huge atrium, brand new concession and an impressive new court.

From his view near the court, one thing jumped out at Glinberg, “It’s a lot more open and you can see the arena and court from every level,” he said.

“Lots of anticipation,” said James Lex, a season ticket holder.

He brought his son to the game to be a part of Bucks history.

“My son, he’ll be able to tell everybody when he gets older that I was actually there for the first preseason game,” said Lex.

His son said Fiserv Forum is much better than the BMO Bradley Center.

Danny Bolling is no stranger to Bucks games either. “Last seven years I’ve only missed a handful of games,” said Bolling.

He’s been waiting for this day for a long time.

“Being able to have the season finally come around and be in the building is just going to crank up the atmosphere and the fan excitement too,” said Bolling.

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