Milwaukee’s “Deer District” has given us many amazing crowds throughout this year’s playoffs — but tonight’s Game 6 crowd tops all of them. Fiserv Forum’s capacity tops out at 17,341 fans. Just outside within the arena within the Deer District? quite 65,000. All packed ahead of 1 giant projector screen, the huge Bucks crowd looks more sort of a music festival than a viewing party.
Ahead of tipoff on Tuesday night, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith made this exact comparison, likening the Milwaukee crowd to Woodstock in 1969. “This is absolute bananas. Outside in Deer Park, it’s like WOODSTOCK from 1969 out here. this is often CRAZY! Milwaukee can taste the championship. Literally, This crowd had a reasonably good reason to return calls at record-breaking numbers tonight. With a 3-2 series lead, the Bucks have an opportunity to shut out reception with a title-clinching win — marking the franchise’s first and only NBA Finals victory since 1971. Led by the stellar play of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks will look to feed of this incredible energy in tonight’s consequential matchup. On the opposite side of things, the Suns will need to overcome this electric atmosphere so as to force a Game 7 back in Phoenix.