American Family Field - Milwaukee Brewers
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.86
American Family Field One Brewers Way Milwaukee, WI 53214
Year Opened: 2001
Brewing Up Some Runs
Note: Stadium name changed from Miller Park to American Family Field Jan, 2021
The Brewers have experienced years both positive and negative over the past few decades. Ebbing and flowing fan attendance has led to various experiences for game day excitement. However, one constant has been the stadium itself – since it opened in the early 2000s, Miller Park has become a unique stadium for baseball. Its roof opens like a fan from the middle of the field instead of sliding to one side, and there is a giant slide elevated above left field that the team mascot slides down during games; there is even a museum on the premises.
If you are looking for something sports-related to entertain yourself with while visiting Wisconsin, a trip to a Brewers game is likely to be at the top of your list while in Milwaukee.
Food & Beverage 5
The food is amazing at Miller Park – if you can imagine a kind of food, they have it. With many concessions stands gathered together in food courts throughout the stadium’s concourses, you can pick from multiple options that range from BBQ, tacos, burgers, sweets, and the ever-popular bratwurst and sausages. But what is even better is the affordability of the food items – two tacos and tortilla chips start at $9, a bratwurst runs just under $6, and hot dogs cost $5.50.
Drinks are also plentiful, with even a rather large “regular” soda costing $4.75. Beer starts at $7.75 for various local bottles and cans, with Miller being featured rather prominently on tap.
The fans pack the house on most nights, and an already excited crowd gets even more pumped during rivalry games with the likes of St. Louis and Chicago. The ballpark itself also reflects the Midwest hardworking lifestyle folks would expect to see in Wisconsin – metalwork and exposed iron with brickwork interlaced throughout are the dominant architectural features here. There is definitely an industrial vibe to the aesthetic of the stadium, which adds to the authenticity of the venue’s overall look. The seats are mostly individual seats, with only a few small sections of the outfield set up as backed bleachers.
You can walk around the entirety of the lower main concourse with your ticket, and even access the upper level concourse without issue. In addition, nearly all areas behind the main bank of seats feature stand-up or wheelchair-height counters for fans to use while they eat, so they can enjoy their meal without having to either miss the action or bring food to their seats. Safety netting also extends down the left and right field lines above the dugouts, an added safety feature that other baseball stadiums have not yet adopted.
There isn’t too much immediately around Miller Park beyond parking lots and industrial areas. That said, the stadium is not far from Milwaukee’s downtown; an easy 5 to 10-minute drive puts you smack in the middle of a growing city that has a bustling food and beer scene. There are also plenty of sights to see in this part of Wisconsin; sports fans are only an hour south of Road America, and fans can also walk the Ice Age National Trail.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is another popular stop while in the city, as is the Harley Davidson Museum. If you need somewhere to stay, the closest hotels are the Best Western Milwaukee West and the Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee. In addition, just south of the stadium along Miller Park Way are a trove of restaurants, including TGI Friday’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Arby’s, and Qdoba.
Fans fill the stands at Miller Park on an almost nightly basis during the regular season. As expected, they are also passionate and team knowledgeable, meaning you won’t see clueless fans in the stands missing key plays or exciting moments. Everyone stands and cheers and roots for their favorite players, and they know exactly where every team is in the standings. Pre-game tailgating is also something fans enjoy during games, with countless pop-ups featured in the parking lots all around Miller Park.
To get to Miller Park, you just need to drive west of the city on I-94; the stadium is hard to miss. Parking on site is extremely plentiful, but can be pricey. Pre-paying for parking can save you a few bucks, but you are still going to shell out at least $12 to $20 per car on game day. The traffic flow getting out of the stadium after a game is also really well organized, meaning you won’t be waiting in line for hours to get home.
Return on Investment 4
Tickets to Milwaukee Brewers games at Miller Park can be purchased for as low as $12, with prices dropping further on third-party sites. Though parking can be pricey, the experience you have at Miller Park is an overwhelmingly positive one. Without a doubt, this is a top-flight baseball stadium, and the amenities are here to match that claim.
Food quality is also high, so you can feel comfortable knowing your evening at the ballpark will be an enjoyable one in every respect. Plus not having to feel the summer heat or sit in the rain during dismal weather, thanks to the retractable roof, makes the idea of going to a Brewers game that much more appealing.
Miller Park is home to the world-famous sausage races – these mascots race each other much like the sea creatures at Marlins Park or the Presidents at Nationals Park. The outside of Miller Park also features numerous statues of memorable players from the past; these statues are popular spots for fans to stop and take pictures during pre-game.
Finally, there are numerous theme nights at Miller Park, such as Star Wars Night and Pride Night, meaning fans of other things beyond sports can meld their interests on special event days with special ticket options that usually include free shirts or hats.
Miller Park is a beautiful stadium, and it features a unique roof design mixed with appropriate architectural design. The food is plentiful and top quality, and the fans are among the best in baseball. Almost every game is a packed house, so you get that exciting experience sports fans yearn for. If you’re visiting Milwaukee, or even just passing through, a stop here is definitely a must consider, even for the casual sports fan.