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The Milwaukee Brewers have called Miller Park home since 2001. It replaced Milwaukee County Stadium, which lacked the amenities of other modern MLB stadiums. Miller Park features a retractable roof, which means fans never have to worry about weather or rainouts. On colder days, the roof will remain closed and it will open on warmer days. The playing surface at Miller Park is grass. When the roof is closed, the stadium lights are designed to act like sun so the grass stays healthy year round.
Miller Park has one of the best gameday experiences in and around the stadium that you will find in Major League Baseball. There are lots of restaurants nearby, tailgating in the parking lot, and games inside and outside of the stadium. As fans pull into the parking lot, the smell of bratwurst and grills are noticeable.
Miller Park has plenty of concerts and big events throughout the year. There are a couple of restaurants inside that are open year-round so fans can still experience the stadium setting when games aren’t being played.
Milwaukee has a rich baseball tradition, including the Milwaukee Braves and currently, the Brewers. The Milwaukee Braves played their games at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1953-1965. They never had a losing record while in Milwaukee. The Braves won the 1957 World Series with the help of Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, and Warren Spahn. Milwaukee went four seasons without a team to call their own until the Seattle Pilots franchise was moved to the city in 1970. The Brewers have been light on playoff experience outside of a 1982 World Series appearance, but hope to change that during the 2014 season. When the Brewers have a contending team, Miller Park is one of the loudest venues in MLB.
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Miller Park has one of the best food selections in the majors. This is not surprising due to Milwaukee being known for great food and beverages. The most popular stands are the ones that sell bratwurst and other encased meats. The basic concession stands sell bratwurst along with other stadium fare. If you are up for a good sandwich on a bun, try one of the sausage stands. These stands sell each of the meats that you see racing during the sausage race on the field. There are also multiple concession areas around the stadium selling ballpark basics such as hot dogs, pizzas, and various snacks. The prices at Miller Park are a bit lower than league average, so enjoy! For the true Milwaukee experience, I would suggest a brat, cheese curds, and a beverage of your choice. For Friday games, a fish fry is featured which is really good and well worth the price.
The beverage selection is vast and plentiful at Miller Park. Beer selections run from $6 for a small up to $11 for a large souvenir cup. Soda runs from $2.50 to $7 for a souvenir cup. For the best soda value, ask for the cheapest size with little ice. There are a couple of beers of Wisconsin carts which sell local favorites such as Leinenkugel.
If you're looking to eat a sit down meal at Miller Park, TGI Fridays Front Row and the Johnson Controls Stadium Club are two popular choices. The Fridays Front Row restaurant features seating outside of the restaurant in view of the field. New to the park in the 2014 season is AJ Bombers, a popular Milwaukee burger joint which was featured on the Travel Channel. Located in a tent outside of the stadium, fans can access it via the first baseline concourse. Although it is located outdoors in a tent, it is like a sit down restaurant. Your burgers are made fresh and it is usually a five minute wait but well worth it. For groups, there are several seating areas around Miller Park which are all inclusive.
There always seems to be a festive atmosphere at Miller Park. It mostly has to do with love of the team from Milwaukee fans and partly due to the adult beverages consumed during pregame tailgating. There is plenty of in-game entertainment to keep fans engaged the whole time. Some of the crowd favorites include a rock climbing challenge for a lucky fan, trivia games, scoreboard video screen shots, and of course, the sausage race. Before the bottom of the sixth inning, costumes resembling a chorizo, hot dog, polish sausage, bratwurst and Italian sausage race around the field. There are some imitation races at other stadiums now, but no group of fans gets into it more than Brewers fans. Watching Bernie the Brewer slide down his famous slide after a home run is truly a sight to see as well. Another fun tradition is the playing of "Roll out the barrel" after the seventh inning stretch. Fans get into it by dancing and singing along.
The aesthetics of the stadium change if the roof is open or closed. When the roof is open, the seating bowl around the infield has a dome feel but the fresh air is nice. The stadium is built to mostly protect fans from the elements if the roof is open. You may feel a breeze during the game, but the wind stays out of Miller Park due to the tall seating decks around the playing surface. When the roof is closed, the building seems to feel like a warehouse at times. The upper deck seating bowl is pretty steep. However, there are very few obstructed seats in the stadium. One downer about the standing room only areas is the lack of space to stand and see the whole field. Most spots are blocked by seats or other obstructions.
There are plenty of deals to be had on tickets for Brewers games by checking their website. There are numerous 50 percent off deals for less desirable weeknight games. For cheap tickets, albeit with possible obstructed views, try the Uecker Seats or Bernie's Terrace. The Uecker seats are a dollar and are the best deal in baseball. High above home plate, you will see why they are a dollar. The drawback to these seats are obstructed views (depending on where you sit) far away from the action, and having to buy these the day of the game. The Brewers' promotions team does a great job with their giveaways by including all fans on items such as bobbleheads.
Located on the outer fringe of the city, there isn't much of a restaurant scene directly around the stadium. Because of this, most fans either tailgate or eat at a place a few miles out and take a free shuttle to the game. A handful of restaurants/bars downtown run shuttles to and from the game. A closer option is to go up to Bluemound Road a few miles north of the stadium and grab a bite to eat and a beverage at the numerous places on that strip. There are close to a couple dozen places that offer shuttles to and from the stadium. Shuttles start picking up after the seventh inning. Fans are conveniently picked up and dropped off near the stadium entrance along the third base line.
Because of the lack of walkable restaurants next to Miller Park, the tailgating scene here is hands down the best in the majors. If parking in one of the spacious lots around the stadium, you are likely to have both stalls beside you empty, so get a grill fired up right away. Cleanup is a cinch with cement blocks scattered around each parking lot for hot coals when you are done and trash dumpsters located everywhere.
Fans here for the most part are well behaved and in to the game. There is a big group of fans who arrive late due to the tailgating festivities outside. Despite all of the drinking outside of the stadium, I have yet to see any major issues at Brewers games. You can say these fans have done this a time or two. Cheers for great plays, Brewers hits, and other baseball plays are met with the appropriate cheers. Fan favorite Jonathon Lucroy is serenaded with a loud "Luuuuuuuu" chant every time he gets a hit or makes a good throw.
Miller Park is located directly off of I-94 on Miller Park Way. Entering the parking areas, you will encounter some traffic, but it won't be a long wait to get in unless you arrive ten minutes before game time. I-894 is located just west of the stadium and may be a good fit for those coming from the southwest part of Milwaukee.
Parking is plentiful around the stadium. It can run anywhere from $10 for general parking to $17 for preferred parking close to the stadium. My advice, pay the cheaper price and walk past the many tailgates before entering the stadium. It is as close to a college football atmosphere that you will get before an MLB game. If coming from downtown, there is a city bus that runs along Wisconsin Ave. to the game. This run only operates on gamedays and is convenient for fans who live in the city and don't want to pay for parking.
After the game, the parking lots at Miller Park are hard to get out of in a timely manner. There are only a few exit points and wait times can be pretty long. Be prepared to inch along in traffic until you get onto one of the highways or main local streets.
Milwaukee is among the cheapest gameday experiences in the majors. All things considered, it may be the best value in sports when you take everything into consideration. Tickets are cheap and there are many deals to be had. Bargain hunters can find a good meal in the park without breaking the bank.
There are many sights and activities for kids and grownups alike. For kids, there is a pedal bike sausage race, batting cages, pitch speed radar gun and a sign making station. For historians or curious onlookers, there are mementos around the stadium that pay homage to Milwaukee's baseball history. Displays include Wisconsin major leaguers, Milwaukee Braves Hall of Famers and the 1957 World Series championship team, plus County Stadium pictures and the teams that played there.
Another bonus point is given for the free program given out each game. They have rosters and stats for both teams as well as information for that months' home games.
Lastly, the staff at Miller Park is one of the nicest you will encounter in professional sports. They are somewhat strict on letting fans move into better seats during the game. But they will gladly strike up a conversation with you and help with picture taking before the game. There are two guest relations kiosks with schedules, first game certificates, and other goodies.
Miller Park has something for all fans and walks of life. If you're looking to socialize and meet friends before the game, grab your grill and tailgate. If you or your group doesn't want to cook, enjoy some of the best food in the majors inside the stadium or any of the local restaurants/bars nearby. If you're just wanting to see a baseball game, enjoy ticket choices suited for any budget. The retractable roof means not having to worry about weather once you're inside the stadium. The total gameday experience here trumps the warehouse feel inside the stadium and makes it a must-see MLB park.
Milwaukee is without doubt a great sports town. For over 40 years, the Milwaukee Brewers have been the central team in what should be considered as a baseball town first and foremost.
Now in its second decade as the home stadium of the Brewers, Miller Park remains a beautiful facility with plenty of unique features. Miller Park should be on every baseball fan's must-see list.
Miller Park is such an improvement over County Stadium that it's hard to know where to begin. First of all, having a retractable roof was a great idea and something that Minnesota fans will be envious of in the years to come.
Additionally, the Brewers organization has made an effort to make the experience at Miller Park as fan-friendly as possible, whether you are a kid, a casual baseball fan, or an ardent baseball fan. All fans will have fun at Miller Park.
Miller Park isn't that great of a ballpark bot nor is it bad. The video and audio systems need to updated. The stadium is lacking something that i can't fully point out, around the concourses it's hard to find really anything Brewers related which takes away from the home feeling.
Arrive early, BBQ in the parking lot with the Brewer fans, sit back, have a cold one, and relax. If you can attend a Cubs-brewers game it's even better. Very friendly rivalry between the two cities, and the fans BBQ together. The Brewers allow you to bring your food in, along with water or pop in sealed bottles. Soft sided coolers only. There are also several places off of National Avenue to eat at, and extra parking at the VA Hospital. There is a safe paved pathway that leads between the two (right field).
Great park, great value, and there is always a game that will be played because of the roof that opens. There is a play area for the little kids, and also a game area for all. Season ticket holder for 5 years..great seats throughout the park.
Food & Beverage 5/5
Food is great! Polish or the Brat with the special sauce is amazing! I live south of Chicago and would drive to Miller park just for the food and tailgating. There is a huge selection of food too. Fish, hummus, Chorizo, and all of your baseball favorites. Prices are average for a major leauge park.
Gotta start with the tailgating. The tailgating is like your at a NFL or college football game. The atmosphere in the game is good. Bernie going down the slide is a nice touch before the game starts. They also sing "roll out the barrel". I don't know what's all that about though.
There is no neighborhood. It's close to an industrial park. If you go down a few blocks you start to see some life outside of Miller park tailgating.
The fans there are great. They know a lot about their team and they pay attention to what's going on in the field. Family Friendly crowd. There are a few alcohol free sections for families
Miller park is right off the highway and very accessible to get there. Getting out of Miller Park is a different story. If you don't leave the game early, you'll be waiting in line ofr 45 minutes to an hour getting out of the parking lots. Parking is cheap for a MLB stadium. The farthest lot is $10 to park and only takes a few minutes to walk to the stadium. Get there early to tailgate.
Return on Investment 5/5
The product on the field is good with Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Yovani Gallardo. Tickets are cheap compared to the 2 Chicago teams and get a better experience unless you've never been to Wrigley Field. There is not a bad seat in the house. Before this past summer, I've never been to Miller Park and by the end of the summer I went 3 times. I've sat in the lower level just 12 rows back and I've sat in level 400 and I can honestly say that there is not a bad seat in the house.
Tailgating is awesome and must experience it. The sausage race is one of the best sideshows in the Majors. I went to to a game where they gave away an Italian suasage bobblehead. The scoreboard that is in the outfield wall is nice. The big jumbotron in center field is not that great. Overall, very nice stadium and family friendly.
Wisconsin is a great state for sports. Fans are passionate but respectful so games are likely to be a great time. Wisconsin, and Milwaukee in particular, deserves a great stadium like Miller Park. Its a nice looking, easily accessible stadium that has its own exit off the freeway and reasonably priced parking. And its the home of the Hot Dog/Sausage race. You can't go wrong.
Read the title. Enough said.
This was the best time I've ever had at a baseball game. There are a lot of unique traditions practiced by Miller Park. Such as "the slide" and the Sausage races.
Also, Miller Park has to be the best indoor ballpark in the country. I absolutely loved it.
The look and the feel of the ballpark is nice although it does not feel as intimate as some of the older ballparks. The food is good and the atmosphere was great. I was annoyed by how many people showed up to the game in Packers jerseys, so you definitely get the feel of a football game at this ballpark. I always hate the parks with massive parking lots surrounding them so i gotta take off points for that. All in all a solid ballpark experience.
Miller Park just finished its 12th season in operation as the home of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, and it’s really just entering its prime years. Miller Park does a fantastic job of blending the old and the new, the historic and the modern. Yes, it’s another brick and steel retro-mod park from the post Camden Yards era, but a day at Miller Park is a day steeped in “real Wisconsin”.
This was a great place to catch a game. The statues were nice and tailgaiting was a cool experience for a baseball game. The inside of the park is equally impressive. There is so much for kids to do (guess pitch speed, batting cage, baserunning game) and the food was awesome. Milwaukee is the German sausage capitol of the U.S. and Miller Park offers plenty of great food. I had the cheese fries in a helmet. They also had great beer selection. I liked the Toyota fan seats (recliners) as well as the Harley Davidson section. The extra curriculars are some of the best in the game with Bernie Brewer going down the slide and the Sausage Races. Great place to watch a game.
Miller Park opened in 2001 and was one of the first stadiums in the United States to feature a retractable roof. In Milwaukee, a new stadium was very necessary at the time of its construction to replace County Stadium, and the Brewers made sure they did it right with Miller Park.
There are 41,900 seats in Miller Park, and with standing room only tickets the record attendance for a game is over 46,000. The ballpark has featured multiple concerts and events outside of just Brewers baseball, including Professional Bowlers Association events in 2004 and 2007.
As time has passed, Miller Park has become more diverse and dynamic in its attractions. It features different bars throughout the stadium and is one-of-a-kind in regards to ballparks in Major League Baseball.
I drove up for Opening Day Brewers vs Cardinals in 2012 and it was very eye opening. We arrived to our seats behind third base early, but it seemed like we were the only ones there. It was after the first pitch that all the other "fans" filed in from the parking lot. I guess the game wasn't why most of them showed up anyway as 90% where hammered beyond the point of knowing Zack Greinke from Zack Morris and the other 10% were texting away. It had more of a "this is where we go when the Packers aren't on" vibe. The only nice people we ran into were two older folks who actually left the game early because a man spilled beer all over them three times. When my friend went to ask this guy to settle down he told us "what do you expect at the ballpark?" To top off the experience and sum up the event, as we walked out the door a drunk guy carrying his even drunker girlfriend on his shoulders tripped on the curb and smashed her face on the street. No one stopped to help, not even the boyfriend.
It is a great stadium. Love everything about it. Nosebleeds are nice too.
It is a great stadium. Love everything about it. Nosebleeds are nice too.
This is my home stadium, so it might be slanted...but I think there are a lot of awesome things about Miller Park that you might not know about it if you only go to one game.
As far as food and beverage go...it's SO much more than your standard hot dogs and brats, and chorizo, and italian sausage, and polish sausage. They have great burgers at a new stand for AJ Bombers, amazing beef brisket and mashed potato parfaits, Cactus League Nachos, chef carved sandwiches, and even a stand that has specialty items based on the team the Brewers are playing. For example, when they played the Braves....you could get Chicken and Waffles....and it was great.
The atmosphere is really fun. And it starts long before the game even starts. Parking lots open early and you'll always find people tailgating. It's a bit of a Milwaukee tradition. I haven't seen tailgating like this since my days going to LSU football games....it rivals that. The atmosphere continues right through game time, as there are tons of things to do to keep kids occupied, and the Sausage Race is always a hit.
As for the neighborhood...there's really nothing in the area. The bonus for this, is plenty of parking and plenty of tailgating (as opposed to a downtown location) but the negative is that there is nothing withing walking distance for a beer before or after the game.
Fans can be good or bad. Wisconsinites love to drink, so there's always a possibility you have will have a drunk a-hole in your vicinity to ruin things for you, but most people are pretty passionate about their team, knowledgeable about the game, and decent to interact with.
Access is easy, right off the interstate and usually a pretty easy entrance and exit, even for big games.
Plenty of different price points make the return on the investment great. Pay attention to their website for half price deals, or ticket packages that include another attraction along with your Brewers ticket, and kill two birds with one stone.
All in all, it's a great place to watch a game, or watch the crowd, or partake in everything else Miller Park has to offer.
I went to Miller Park three years ago and don't share the same enthusiasm about the place as others do.
With it's retractable roof, Miller Park feels more like an office park plopped down in the suburbs than an actual baseball stadium. The neighborhood surrounding the stadium is just an endless sea of parking lots, which may make for some great tailgating, but doesn't exactly make people get excited about a baseball game. I will say the food was pretty good, though. And, as someone who doesn't typically drive, I found the #90 bus from downtown Milwaukee to Miller Park to be convenient and timely for pre-game, though MCTS could probably time the post-game trips a little better.
Great place to catch a baseball game. Good selection of food; a lot of special game days with $1 hot dogs, etc. Fantastic tailgating tradition and experience as well.
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