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Pest control experts remove bat from BMO Harris Bradley Center

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BMO Harris Bradley Center
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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A bat that held up a college basketball game in Milwaukee on Saturday finally left the arena Monday.

The BMO Harris Bradley Center brought in pest control experts to find the bat – and the lights and noise from Saturday’s game were re-created in the empty arena, in the hopes that the bat would come out of hiding.

The noise scared the bat into the building’s east lobby, and workers convinced the mammal to fall to the ground and out the door.

Officials said the bat might have entered either through one of the public entryways, or a dock area.

It swooped down on players during Saturday afternoon’s Marquette-Providence men’s basketball game – and the contest was stopped several times. Arena officials finally dimmed the lights, and the bat then went into hiding.

Brenna Sadler of the Bradley Center said it was apparently the first time that a bat entered the arena since it opened in 1988. Birds have gotten in, but never a bat. 

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