Celebrate “National Something on a Stick Day” by Dreaming of Miller Park’s Nachos on a Stick

Today is National “Something on a Stick Day” (gee, there really is a day for everything, isn’t there?) and in honor of that, we’re paying homage to one of the newest treats you’ll find at Miller Park this season: Nachos on a Stick.

Hey "Inside the Park Nachos"... We'll #SeeUApril6.

Hey “Inside the Park Nachos”… We’ll #SeeUApril6.

Called “Inside the Park Nachos,” these tasty treats feature taco meat and refried beans breaded in Doritos then deep fried and drizzled with sour cream and cheese sauce. And, thanks to our concessionaire Delaware North‘s ingenuity, they leave you with a free hand to hold a beverage or reach out and catch a foul ball!

We’ll have more on the new food items at Miller Park next week, including the 18-inch Down Wisconsin Avenue Brat, as well as the “Bratchos,” a version of which has already been a hit down in Spring Training.

Just 9 days until we see these items–and you–at Miller Park.

#SeeUApril6

-Cait

@CMoyer

Why Should Will Smith Meet Will Smith? #WillMeetsWill Continues

A couple of weeks ago, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee this summer.

Well, it’s been a little while, and despite that video going viral and garnering national media attention for the campaign, our Will has been the first player checking his mailbox in Maryvale each morning, and he still hasn’t heard back.

So, we asked his teammates to pitch in. Check out what Rob Wooten, Jim Henderson, Jeremy Jeffress, Kyle Lohse and Mike Fiers had to say in response to our question: Why should Will meet Will?

Join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.

Or hey, Will, if you’re reading this… the Brewers play the Dodgers in LA July 10-12 and July 10 just happens to be our Will Smith’s birthday. Just sayin’.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

New Stadium Operations Practices Take Effect for 2015

Major League Baseball’s Stadium Operations Practices for the 2015 regular season require each Club to develop and implement mandatory metal detection screening of all fans prior to entry to each Major League ballpark. Many Major League Clubs already began such a program throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons, including here at Miller Park.

The screening program will be in effect at 29 ballparks on Opening Day (including Miller Park).  The Commissioner’s Office has postponed the commencement of the program at Wrigley Field in light of the extensive renovations that are underway.

This procedure, which resulted from a recent study of best security practices and MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to elevate and standardize initiatives across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that have been uniform throughout MLB.  Fan screening may be conducted by means of hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.  Fans should monitor announcements from Clubs regarding their individual programs and the details of the anticipated practices in each market.

Here at Miller Park, fans are encouraged to arrive early to all games, including and especially on Opening Day.

Fans will need to remove all metal from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. This includes items such as phones and keys; however, wallets, shoes and belts will not need to be removed. Bags will continue to be checked at the gates. The list of prohibited items at Miller Park has not altered, but fans are reminded that the Brewers will not hold any prohibited items. Fans will have the option of taking the item back to their vehicle or the team will dispose of it for them.

John McHale, Jr., MLB’s Executive Vice President, Administration, said: “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our fans.  In the last several seasons, our experiences in many markets and at our jewel events have indicated that fans have a high level of understanding of these efforts.  We believe this step will pose minimal inconvenience and ultimately will serve the best interests of fans.”

 

 

Brewers Stitch N’ Pitch Night Set for June 11

Join your fellow needle artists for the 9th annual Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Miller Park on Thursday, June 11.

Socialize with other needle artists, speak to shop owners and visit teaching tables, all while watching the Brewers take on the Washington Nationals. Plus, as part of this special ticket package, you’ll receive a limited-edition Stitch N’ Pitch Hank bobblehead:

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Tickets are $33 for the Field Outfield Box and $26 for the Loge Outfield Box. Please know that the Hank bobblehead is only available through the special Stitch N’ Pitch ticket package. Tickets must be purchased in advance and supplies are limited.

For more details, or to purchase your tickets, visit brewers.com/stitch.

Milwaukee Brewers and Associated Bank Expand Partnership; Includes Newly Renovated “Check Deck” Seating Area

Today we announced an extension of our partnership with Associated Bank. The extension includes a newly-renovated seating option for fans, The Associated Bank Check Deck, formerly known as the Harley-Davidson Deck.

“We’re excited about Associated’s enhanced partnership with the Brewers organization as well as our increased prominence at Miller Park,” said Christopher Piotrowski, EVP and chief marketing officer at Associated Bank.  “We have been a business banking partner and official sponsor of the Brewers since 2006, the year we launched our unique Brewer-themed checking.  We are expanding our partnership for the community, the love of baseball and to support the Brewers in building an even better fan experience”.

Piotrowski explained that Associated is in the final stages of coordinating unique fan engagement activities for Brewer home games.  Other plans include a charitable extension of the Associated/Brewers partnership, special events for Associated customers, additional Miller Park ATM machines, and a Matt Garza gnome giveaway during the August 2 game. Fans can follow Associated Bank on Facebook for a future giveaway opportunity.

“Associated Bank has been a valued partner of the Brewers for a decade, and today’s announcement is another example of their committed support of the team and community,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This is a partnership on many levels, and offers benefits to fans and the community through hospitality, entertainment, promotional and philanthropic elements.”

The Associated Bank Check Deck can accommodate up to 42 fans and is available for group outings throughout the season. One of the premier features of the Check Deck is the “all-you-can-eat” buffet which begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after first pitch. The buffet features a range of delicious items including Klement’s bratwursts and hot dogs, pulled pork, grilled chicken breasts, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, cookies and unlimited soft drinks. In addition, each ticket to the Check Deck comes with two complimentary draft beers per adult, a private bar, flat screen high definition TVs, and general admission seating.

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The expanded partnership with Associated Bank comes with benefits to the all of the bank’s customers.   Fans who bank with the institution and display a valid credit or debit card will have access to the Associated Bank “Check In” gate located in left-centerfield. It will provide bank customers easy and convenient access to the ballpark, especially for fans coming from the east parking lots. Brewers Checking customers also receive 2-for-1 ticket discounts on select games, a 10% discount at the Brewers Team Store, as well as Brewers checks and debit card.

Tickets for the Check Deck start at just $47 per person. To learn more information about the Associated Bank Check Deck or to purchase group tickets, fans can contact the Brewers group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/groups.

 

ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $27 billion and is one of the top 50, publicly traded, U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services in over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

OPENING DAY NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR BREWERS 10-PACKS

One of the many benefits for fans purchasing a Brewers 10-Pack is the addition of Opening Day as a free 11th game. Due to high demand for the packages, however, the inventory for adding Opening Day as the bonus game is no longer available.

“Sales of our Season Seat plans this year have been very strong, and with that we have exhausted all of our 10-Pack inventory for Opening Day,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Fans are still able to purchase 10-Packs, and they can select any game other than Opening Day as their free bonus game. Or, they can secure a ticket for Opening Day by purchasing a plan of at least 20 games for the 2015 season.”

Fans can still choose from one of six 10-Pack options, including the popular Fan’s Choice Plan which returns for 2015. All six plans feature 10 home games, plus another game of the fan’s choice as their FREE 11th game.

Each of the six plans offer a unique experience. The Weekend Plan features four giveaways, including the Mother’s Day “BobbleHank” on May 10, June 14’s Carlos Gomez All-Star Bobblehead, a Bobblehead of National League All-Star Jonathan Lucroy on August 16 and an All Fan Giveaway item to be decided by fan vote and distributed on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 4. The Premier Plan includes contests against all four division rivals as well as a matchup against NL West Division powers the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Friday Plan includes a string of five “T-Shirt Friday” giveaways starting with the June 12 game against the Washington Nationals and ending on August 14 when the Brewers host the Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, the Friday Plan includes access to the first ever Brewers Postgame Concert Series when country artist Joe Nichols rocks Miller Park after the May 29 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The popular Fan’s Choice Plan returns for the 2015 season and provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fit their schedule from a list of 49 Brewers regular season home games. The plan can include several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates, T-Shirt Fridays, and more.

Packages start at $160 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($16 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $250 ($25 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game, no wait staff), the Loge Infield Box for $420 ($42 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $500 ($50 per game).

Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including a free bonus ticket to any home game on the 2015 schedule (excluding Opening Day), guaranteed seat location, a personal account representative and priority access to Postseason tickets.  In addition, 10-Pack Ticket Plans offer great savings on ticket prices. Last season, 10-Pack holders saved up to 35% off the demand-based individual game price. Each 10-Pack account will also receive three (3) exchange vouchers that can be used to exchange tickets you cannot or did not use for tickets to another game.

Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

MILLER PARK TO HOST MIDWEST LEAGUE GAME ON FRIDAY, JUNE 19

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Miller Park will once again play host to a Midwest League game.  On Friday, June 19, at 7:10 p.m., the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class-A affiliate of Milwaukee, and the Beloit Snappers, Class-A affiliate of Oakland, will square off at the home of the Brewers.

Ticket prices are set at $10 for Field Diamond Box seats and $5 for all other seat locations. Parking will be $5. Tickets are on sale beginning today at 9am CT and can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com/timberrattlers, or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000.

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“The annual game at Miller Park is a great showcase of the prospects with the Timber Rattlers and always a day our fans and players look forward to,” said Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav, “As an organization, we appreciate this opportunity the Brewers provide and we thank the Beloit Snappers for their willingness to relocate one of their home games to Miller Park.”

The game will once again be a home game for Beloit, with Wisconsin as the visiting team.

“The Beloit Snappers are pleased to return to Milwaukee to play our in-state rival, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, once again,” said Dennis Conerton, President of the Beloit Snappers. “Last year was an exciting experience for our fans and our players. It is a great opportunity to showcase our Major League players of tomorrow in a beautiful big league stadium like Miller Park.”

This will mark the fourth time that these two teams will face off at Miller Park. It is the eighth time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park and the fourth for the Snappers.  Last season, the Timber Rattlers fell to the Snappers 4-2 and Beloit is 3-0 all-time against Wisconsin at Miller Park.  The Timber Rattlers own a 3-4 lifetime record at the current home of the Brewers.

Games in year’s past have featured future Brewers players such as Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn, Manny Parra, and Rickie Weeks. Other current Brewers who have played in Minor League games at Miller Park include Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta.

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Last week when the NCAA Basketball Tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

As the next round begins on Thursday, we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, who is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and a former Tar Heel himself, knows he is going to catch a lot of flack from Wisconsin Badger fans this week:

Ironically (or maybe not so much so since March Madness is so unpredictable), Kyle Lohse who says he really doesn’t follow basketball all that closely, is the one who is faring the best so far.

Corey Knebel, who played for the University of Texas and picked with his heart, found his bracket busted early on. Matt Clark’s bracket is also busted.

Is your bracket busted too? Never fear. Opening Day is just 13 days away!

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank the Ballpark Pup Returns to His Roots

Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” will return to his old grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, this Saturday to make an appearance at Maryvale Baseball Park. The appearance will be tied to an “adopt-a-pet” event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society.

“Brewers fans and dog lovers in Arizona made it clear that they wanted to have a chance to see Hank again, and we are happy to make this a reality,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are very grateful to our friends at Southwest Airlines for giving Hank an opportunity to visit his old hometown and look forward to raising funds and awareness for the Arizona Humane Society.”

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Hank the Ballpark Pup is set to travel back to his roots in Phoenix this weekend.

 

Hank will appear at the adopt-a-pet event at Saturday’s game, and will be available for photos for approximately 30 minutes on the right field concourse immediately following the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race in the middle of the sixth inning. Fans will have an opportunity to take a photo of Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Arizona Humane Society. (NOTE: Because of the heat and concern for Hank’s well-being, only a limited number of fans will be able to be accommodated).

Hank’s story started when he first appeared at camp on February 17, 2014, the day of the first workout for Brewers pitchers and catchers. That morning, he wandered up to staff at the Brewers Maryvale facility after clearly being a homeless stray for an extended period of time. Hank’s story quickly went viral, and his connection to the team became official when he found a permanent home in Milwaukee. His arrival in Milwaukee via a Southwest Airlines flight on March 16 was a celebrated event, with hundreds of fans waiting outside of security to meet Milwaukee’s most famous four-legger.

The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day when Hank arrived, and their collective staff members have provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix also worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with him in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Arizona Humane Society. It wasn’t long before a line of “Hank gear” (which now numbers over 30 items, from t-shirts to Bobbleheads to books) was produced and made available through Brewers retail stores. It was all for a good cause as 20% of the gross sales are donated to the “Hank Fund,” a charitable resource developed by the Wisconsin Humane Society.

In addition, Hank has appeared at photo opportunities, book signings, and numerous charitable events to also help raise money for the Fund.

Hank’s year culminated in Los Angeles as he was named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally-televised World Dog Awards.

MLB Launches 7th Annual Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Is someone in your life Going to Bat against breast cancer? Nominate them for Honorary Bat Girl.

MLB launched the 7th annual Honorary Bat Girl Contest last Monday, with the goal of increasing breast cancer awareness while raising funds to support breast cancer research. In seeking a cure for this all-too-pervasive disease, MLB stands with the countless women, men and families affected each year.

From now until Thursday, April 16, all men and women 18 and older are encouraged to submit stories about how they, or someone they know, are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they would like to be an “Honorary Bat Girl” for their favorite MLB Club at HonoraryBatGirl.com.

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One winner from each Club will be selected to receive on-field recognition, 2 tickets to the game on Mother’s Day, a Louisville Slugger Pink Bat engraved with the winner’s name and an invitation to attend batting practice and/or a meet and greet with players.

 

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