Fire Alarm Suspends Bucks/Grizzlies Preseason Opener

( With only three quarters played, Tuesday night’s exhibition game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies was suspended and the fans in attendance evacuated after a fire alarm went off. At the time of the delay, the Memphis Grizzlies were leading the Bucks 87 to 77 in the preseason opener for both teams.

The cause was determined to be a false alarm prompted by a sprinkler in a non-public area of the stadium.

Once the fans were evacuated from the building, officials tried to determine the next move. At one point, not long after the teams left the floor, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer headed across the court, carrying his suitcase. Little-by-little other Bucks players and staff members, some carrying pans of food for the postgame meal, headed out of the building as well.

The game was delayed by more than an hour, and after consultation with both the Bucks and the Grizzlies, it was determined not to complete the game “in the interest of public safety,” the NBA announced.

Though the players waited until the official word before leaving, even before the determination was made it was questionable after the significant delay whether the teams would return, given what it would take for players to get ready for the final 12 minutes of the game.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins called it “a very unique experience,” adding that nobody could’ve predicted it could happen. Jenkins praised the collaboration between the teams and the NBA for how they handled it.

The funny this is, this isn’t the first the Milwaukee Bucks had to evacuate a stadium. Back in June, just minutes after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, while the Bucks and the New Jersey Nets were holding postgame press conferences, Fiserv Forum was evacuated after a mechanical issue triggered an alarm.

This mechanical issue occurred in the administrative offices at Fiserv Forum. And though there was no fire, the building was evacuated just to be on the safe side.

When asked about the alarm, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said that “those alarms” are always followed by an “everything’s under control.” Budenholzer added that he was just glad that they were able to get through the game before the alarm went off.