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Official Review by Marc Viquez, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Milwaukee Torrent are members of the fourth tier National Professional Soccer League. The club debuted in 2016 at KOHLER Engines Stadium, part of the Uihlein Soccer Park's Stadium. The 3,000 seat venue offers one main seating section, grass knoll seating, and two concession stands.
The soccer complex opened in 1994 and has provided Milwaukee with a wealth of soccer opportunities from youth to the professional levels. The complex features 12 soccer fields, two lighted fields, and three indoor facilities. The ample parking lot provides adequate parking for patrons heading to the match.
The club's mission is to make professional soccer accessible to everyone in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin and create a sense of a cohesive soccer community. The Milwaukee Torrent Community Foundation has given $18,750 in scholarship money to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee for 75 students who attend its soccer camps.
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There are two concession stands located in the stadium, the main stand near the entrance serving beer and the smaller alcohol free stand in the center of the bleacher seating. This creates long lines at the main stand where waiting time can become rather lengthy during game time.
The selection of food is plenty and the prices are reasonable. They include hot dogs for $2.75, brats for $3, hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches with chips for $4.50, and pizza slices for $3. There are also chicken tenders for $4, corn dogs for $3.25, and mozzarella sticks for $3.75.
Pepsi products are served ice cold and range from $1.50-$3, while bottles of New Glarus Spotted Cow are popular for $4. If the weather is cold, grab a cup of hot chocolate for $1.50. The team might be able to alleviate long lines by adding a few buckets of ice water and plopping down the Spotted Cow bottles in certain spots in the stadium.
Not common at other facilities are breakfast items that include waffle sticks for $2.75, breakfast sandwiches for $3.75, and bagels and muffins for $2.
The atmosphere at the Torrent game is bare bones soccer; it is a brand that the community can rally behind and be proud of at the same time. There is a nice gathering of locals who enjoy soccer and a night out with friends and family.
Families are gathered around the grassy knoll area or bleacher seating section, a table is set up selling merchandise and everyone interacts with the game on the pitch. It is a relaxed and simple way to enjoy soccer in Milwaukee.
As with most soccer clubs, there is an official supporters club. The Flood have a small group of fans who hold two large flags before the game, but are not large enough to be as rowdy as other supporters groups in other NPSL markets.
The stadium is located 20 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee and near a collection of chain restaurants and businesses. One place in particular is the Bungalow Restaurant that offers great barbecue and main dishes. However, your best bet is to take the drive downtown and savor the many great areas and restaurants of the city.
Brenner Brewing Company is located near a few other great establishments within walking distance and are supporters of soccer in town. They offer the Milwaukee Barons Pilsner; the Barons are another local group pushing for soccer in the city, whose supporters can be seen at Torrent games. The pints are crisp and refreshing and the relaxed atmosphere on the up and coming street should make it a destination for years to come.
A block up and around the corner is a great cheap Mexican place to eat called Conejito's Place. The funky joint offers $2 tacos and $5 braised pork in mole sauce. Mob Craft Brewery is on the corner and has some interesting varieties of beers including Blueberry Waffle Hefeweizen and Tapping the Maple smoked beer. The Great Lakes Distillery is across the road and offers small-batch spirits and tours at its facility.
The team seems to have a nice little following in its infancy. There are various supporters donning official team merchandise that is only available on the internet. They are involved in the game and do not mind expressing their opinions if a call goes against one of their hometown eleven. One can only assume that this fan base will only grow larger and perhaps in a year or two you might see a few thousand people cheering on the Milwaukee Torrent.
The stadium is located only a few miles off the I-43 exit and the complex is right off the main street. Once inside the stadium, it is very easy to get to your seat and the concession stand. The only complaint would be the long lines for the concession booth at the main entrance. Bathrooms are also located near the main gate of the facility.
Prices are very affordable for soccer games here in Milwaukee. An adult ticket will cost you only $8 and a kid ticket between the ages of 4 and 14 is $4. Anyone younger than that is admitted free to the game. The food and drinks are also reasonably priced with no concession item costing more than $4.50. Merchandise is also reasonably priced and cost a little bit cheaper than it does on the internet.
One star for serving ice cold Spotted Cow from New Glarus.
Another for a sharp looking logo and color that creates some nice looking merchandise options.
Lastly, the various fans supporting the club with official team jerseys in the colors of sky blue and black. They are only found on the internet and not at the game.
The Milwaukee Torrent have planted the seed for the soccer community here in town. It looks like there is a strong devoted following of fans who are willing to follow this club wherever they may play in the next few years. Although they have an adequate sized facility at the moment, the team will most likely strive to find a soccer stadium closer to downtown in order to meet the needs of the club and fan. Needless to say, the future looks bright for soccer in Milwaukee.
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