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What’s New at Miller Park? How About an Authentic Ice Cream Truck and “Kids Eat Free” on Sundays

Today we announced plans for several new additions at and around Miller Park this season. Among the additions, the Brewers will unveil an old-school “Brewers Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer – an authentic ice cream truck which will visit local neighborhoods and Brewers tailgaters to provide free ice cream from Meijer all summer long.

“We have had a great partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers the past two seasons, and are very excited to watch it grow by sponsoring the Treat Truck, and supplying it with ice cream from Meijer,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnerships and giving for Meijer. “This is another fun way to connect with the Milwaukee community.”

Also, at every Sunday home game at Miller Park, all kids (14 and under) will eat free! Each child will receive a voucher for a free meal that consists of a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.

More improvements at Miller Park will include an enhanced U.S. Cellular Power Playground kids’ area, a renovated Home Plate Team Store and a new Executive Suite for hosting meetings and entertaining at games.

“Miller Park has frequently been at the top of media and fan polls for the best ballpark experience, but we know that we have to remain ahead of the curve to retain that standing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This year, we have several fun and innovative initiatives that will enhance Miller Park’s standing as not only a great place for a ballgame, but also the best place to enjoy a summer outing with family and friends.”

Details about the new additions and projects include the following:

Brewers Ice Cream “Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer

  • The Meijer-sponsored Brewers Treat Truck will visit Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, special events, Brewers tailgate parties and youth clubs throughout the summer. Set to make its public debut early in the season, ice cream from Meijer will be distributed by the drivers free of charge. Wrapped in Brewers retro colors, the summer stops will include guest appearances by Brewers players throughout the season. This is an authentic, old-school ice cream truck, complete with a loudspeaker (to play baseball-themed music) to announce its arrival on your home street, just like the trucks that have spent years traveling through Milwaukee neighborhoods to provide refreshments on hot summer days.

 

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Kids Eat Free during Sunday Home Games

  • What’s better than a Klement’s hot dog on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Miller Park? How about a FREE Klement’s hot dog? At every Sunday home game this season, all kids (14 and under) will receive a voucher for a free meal, which includes a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.

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U.S. Cellular Power Playground Kids’ Area

  • Debuting in 2008, the U.S. Cellular Power Playground, which is located on the Field Level along the right-field line, includes over 8,000 square feet of interactive games and photo opportunities. In 2016, this kids’ area will undergo the largest renovation project since its inception. The project calls for the addition of three new interactive attractions to the space. “Throw ’Em Out”, “Strike Zone” and “Hit ’Em Where They Ain’t” will be games emphasizing throwing and hitting skills. A fourth attraction will be a photo opportunity, allowing fans to get their picture taken in a replica Brewers dugout.  Through technology provided by U.S. Cellular, fans can have Brewers players and mascots virtually added to their pictures.

Executive Suite

  • Located on the PNC Club Level, the Executive Suite is the newest luxury meeting facility at Miller Park. The Executive Suite features meeting space for up to 30 guests including premier audio/visual equipment and a spectacular view of the playing field. On game days the Executive Suite quickly converts from a board room to a premium suite with seating, amenities, and food and beverages. Monday through Thursday rentals include five hours of pre-game meeting space, as well as an exclusive VIP viewing of The Selig Experience between the meeting and start of the game. Rental of the Executive Suite also includes a choice between two food and beverage packages as well as four preferred parking passes. Please call the Brewers Suite Sales Office at (414) 902-4029 to reserve the Executive Suite for a game.  For information on hosting a non-game day private event in the Executive Suite, please call Brewers Special Events at (414) 902-4452.
Executive Suite at Miller Park

A rendering of the new Executive Suite, produced by Uihlein-Wilson Architects.

Renovated Home Plate Team Store

  • The Home Plate Team Store will undergo a renovation project prior to the start of the season. As part of the remodeling, a new hat wall will be added and additional points of sale to allow fans to shop more efficiently.
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A rendering of the updated Home Plate Team Store, produced by Uihlein-Wilson Architects.

All of these new initiatives will be ready for action at a Media Preview event to be held in late March at Miller Park.

 

Opening Day Ticket Opportunity Begins Tomorrow

Today we announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow select fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day. Additionally, fans will be able to register for presale access to the weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.

Beginning tomorrow, January 26 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 15 at 11:59pm, fans can go to Brewers.com/opportunity and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Ticket Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register to participate in the Weekend Games Presale, which will allow fans to purchase a maximum of eight tickets to each of the Friday-Sunday games at Miller Park.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified by Friday, February 19. Fans who register for presale access to the weekend games at Miller Park will be notified about the presale details by Monday, February 22.

There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park.

Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and other popular games with 10-Packs starting as low as $160.  Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.

Want a chance to win tickets? Brewers fans always do an incredible job helping us count down to Opening Day, and once again, we want to see how you’re counting the days until April 4. Submit your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using #SeeUApril4. One lucky fan will win the grand prize which includes Opening Day tickets, a pair of 10-Packs and roundtrip airfare for two, but there will be plenty of fun and giveaways over the next couple of months, so be sure to submit as many photos as your creativity permits! Details at brewers.com/countdown.

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide to #BrewersOnDeck

This Sunday, we’ll be reunited with our favorite Brewers players, coaches and alumni at Brewers On Deck, our annual Fan Fest that takes place at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

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So what do you need to know to have a fun and enjoyable experience? Read on for our A to Z guide.

APP

The FREE MLB.com Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting Miller Park and Brewers On Deck. Be sure you download the Ballpark app before coming to the event and enable notifications so you can have easy access to maps and information. iOs users will get event updates via notifications and have the chance to get free stuff (see: Social Media Stage).

A paper version of the program will be available on the day of the event as well.

ATTENDEES

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck! Visit brewers.com/ondeck for the latest list. Please note attendees are subject to change.

AUTOGRAPHS

Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed at brewers.com/ondeck. The schedules are subject to change. Autographs this year will be either free, $10, or $25, with proceeds benefitting Brewers Community Foundation.

Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (Ryan Braun, Rollie Fingers, and Bob Uecker) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry card which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center. The Premier Entry card will be exchanged for a numbered coupon and entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.

There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

BANNERS & SIGNS

Banners and signs cannot be larger than 18″x 24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. NO handles or poles can be attached.

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the event and you would be sorry if you didn’t bring your camera to capture all the fun and excitement of the day! Video cameras are permitted as well. Fans can also post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.  

BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (BCF)

A portion of the proceeds from the #BrewersOnDeck event benefit the Brewers Community Foundation, but there are even more ways to support BCF during the event.  Here’s what they have in store for you:

  • 50-50 Raffle: Tickets for the 50-50 Raffle will be sold from 9:45am-12:15pm and the winner will be announced at 12:45pm.
  • Book Reveal: During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.
  • Hunger Task Force Food Drive: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items with you to donate to Hunger Task Force! Once again, food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street. In years’ past, we have raised over 1,000 pounds of food and we would love to reach that threshold once again.
  • Live Auction: Join us at the Interactive Stage for a live auction beginning at 12:30pm and bid on one of 5 amazing packages:
    • 50th Anniversary of Ted Williams H.O.F. Induction Package (Starting bid: $300)
    • 2008 Opening Day Bases Package (Starting bid: $350)
    • Milwaukee Legends Package (Starting bid: $500)
    • Sports Illustrated Cover Package (Starting bid: $500)
    • Suite for a Day Package (Starting bid: $500)
  • Treasure Hunt Table:  We’ll have a wide assortment of game-used and autographed Brewers merchandise for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Brewers Community Foundation.

BREWERS MUSEUM

The Brewers Museum at the event will feature memorable artifacts from throughout the history of the team.

CARRY-INS

Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into the Wisconsin Center. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the building using appropriate containers.

Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers will be searched.

Hard-sided coolers are not permitted.

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • Video cameras
  • Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
  • Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans). (See above).

All permitted items will be inspected at the doors prior to entry.

Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:

  • Drum Sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
  • Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
  • Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
  • Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
  • Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
  • Flags/Signs larger than 18″ x 24″
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage.

CONTEST & SWEEPS

Want to win tickets to Brewers On Deck? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance early this week.

Fans can also post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.  

DOORS OPEN

Brewers On Deck will take place at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Avenue) on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm. Doors to the facility will open at 7am. Doors to the event open at 10am.

FAN CAVE

Play games with the Brewers! Games are free and Brewers players will be rotating through the area all day!

FAN SCREENING

All persons and items entering Brewers On Deck are subject to search.

FOOD DRIVE

Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items with you to donate to Hunger Task Force! Once again, food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street. In years’ past, we have raised over 1,000 pounds of food and we would love to reach that threshold once again.

“GATES”

Brewers On Deck will take place at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Avenue) on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm. Doors to the facility will open at 7am. Doors to the event open at 10am.
GRAB BAGS
Brewers Grab Bags contain a variety of items including tickets, bobbleheads or autographed items for $25. A limited number of Grab Bags are available, so get yours before they run out! Limit two per person

HASHTAG

The official event hashtag is #BrewersOnDeck! Use it and you could even win a prize! Fans can post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.

INTERACTIVE STAGE

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature Kids Only Question and Answer sessions, where youngsters interview players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.

KIDS CLINICS

Our young fans can help sharpen their batting, fielding and pitching skills by learning baseball fundamentals from the pros like Jeff Cirillo and Gorman Thomas!

KIDS CLUB

Visit the Brewers Kids Club table and sign your child up for just $25! Brewers On Deck Special: Purchase the package at the event and receive a FREE Scooter Gennett Gnome!

KLEMENT’S MAIN STAGE

The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff and game shows.  Here’s a schedule with descriptions of this year’s entertainment:

10:15 am Welcome and Meet the Coaches – Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will welcome fans to Brewers On Deck. The winners of the seven T-Shirt Friday designs will be introduced.  Fans will also enjoy a question and answer session with Brewers Manager Craig Counsell and his coaching staff.

11:30 am The Brewlywed Game – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see which pair really knows each other the best. It’s the Brewers version of The Newlywed Game.

1:00 pm Meet the Management – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, General Manager David Stearns, and Vice President – Assistant General Manager Matt Arnold will participate in a question and answer session with Brewers fans.

2:00 pm Brewers Jeopardy – A Brewers player, prospect and alumnus will participate in a game show, similar to the popular Jeopardy television show.

3:30 pm Brewers Face Off – Brewers players and alumni will participate in a game show, similar to Family Feud.

LOCATION

The Wisconsin Center is located in downtown Milwaukee at 400 W. Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203 Get Directions »

MERCHANDISE

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a full set up with the latest Brewers merchandise for sale.

PARKING

For information about parking in downtown Milwaukee, click here.

PHOTOS

Photo sessions with players are also scheduled throughout the day in designated photo areas.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  

For information on public transportation, you can visit the Milwaukee County Transit System’s website.

SEASON SEAT HOLDERS

All 2016 full Season Seat Holders who paid in full by our November deadline receive early entry to the event. All Season Seat Holders can also take advantage of the Season Seat Holder Only photo line by showing their 2015 Season Seat Holder ID card. Please contact your Account Executive for details on these exclusive opportunities!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Please visit brewers.com/ondeck for a complete schedule of the day’s events by stage and by player!

SOCIAL MEDIA STAGE

I’m personally really excited about this one!

We’ve expanded our programming over at the Social Media Stage. Here’s our schedule:

11am Photo Bombs with Jimmy Nelson & Tyler Wagner Get there and line up early for your chance at a fun photo!

12pm  #BrewersPhone with Gorman Thomas & Tyler Thornburg We’ll be selecting a couple of brave contestants to turn their phones over to one of these Brewers players!

1pm #AskMaverick: Twitter Q & A with Brett Phillips Have a question for Brett Phillips? Tweet it to @Brewers using #AskMaverick in advance of the event.

2pm Lip Sync Battle: Jeremy Jeffress vs. Will Smith You will NOT want to miss this… it’s going to be epic!

3pm Photo Bombs with Taylor Jungmann & Martin Maldonado Get there and line up early for your chance at a fun photo!

4pm Heads Up! With Michael Blazek & Corey Knebel Watch these guys play each other in this popular guess the word game. Then we’ll choose a couple of lucky fans to compete!

Be sure you’ve got your Ballpark App downloaded and ready to go! iOs Users: Trigger a special notification near the Social Media Stage via the iBeacon technology and you may even get a pop-up offer for a free item!

RE-ENTRY

Guests may exit and re-enter Brewers On Deck, provided they receive a hand stamp on their way out of the event.

TICKETS

Advance tickets are on sale through NOON on Friday, January 29, 2016. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 2-14. Children under 2 are free and will not need an admission ticket.

Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the Wisconsin Center Box Office—CASH ONLY. On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for children. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Time subject to change.

A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.

Looking for Brewers game tickets? Visit the Season Seat Holder Booth for information on all of our packages, plus find out how you can go to Opening Day for FREE!

TRAFFIC

For information on freeway traffic and closures, please visit www.plan94.org.

WILL CALL

Picking your tickets up at Will Call? Before Friday, January 29 at 5pm, you may choose to pick your tickets up at the Miller Park Box Office. The Miller Park Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. On the day of the event, Will Call will be located at the Wisconsin Center Box Office. Tickets will be available for pick-up beginning at 8am on the morning of the event.

 

And there you have it–all you need to know before Sunday’s event!

Also, don’t forget to share your event photos with us using #BrewersOnDeck on Twitter and Instagram!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

JOE ADCOCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILLER PARK WALK OF FAME

Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer. Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.  Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.

Adock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves.  His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games.  Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves.  On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history.  The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.

“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”

Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team.  He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees.  The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).

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“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”

The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.

There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons.  All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.

Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013, and Teddy Higuera in 2015.

 

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

Schedule for Brewers On Deck Announced

1/26/16 Update: Several updates to the Brewers On Deck schedule have been made! Please visit brewers.com/ondeck for the most up to date schedule and list of attendees!

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

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Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  On the day of the event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through January 29th.

During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.  It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in.  It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.

SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.

Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include the following (all subject to change):

PLAYERS MANAGER ALUMNI
Orlando Arcia Zach Davies Damien Magnifico Craig Counsell Don August
Jacob Barnes Ramon Flores Martin Maldonado COACHES Jerry Augustine
Yhonathan Barrios Matt Garza Jimmy Nelson Darnell Coles Jeff Cirillo
Michael Blazek Scooter Gennett Shane Peterson Joe Crawford Rollie Fingers
Ryan Braun David Goforth Brett Phillips Derek Johnson Jim Gantner
Keon Broxton Junior Guerra Michael Reed Marcus Hanel Larry Hisle
Chris Carter Josh Hader Domingo Santana Jason Lane Ken Sanders
Garin Cecchini Adrian Houser Will Smith Pat Murphy Gorman Thomas
Trent Clark Jeremy Jeffress Tyler Thornburg Ed Sedar Greg Vaughn
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Jonathan Villar Carlos Subero Paul Wagner
Tyler Cravy Corey Knebel Tyler Wagner Lee Tunnell
Jorge Lopez Colin Walsh Matt Erickson

The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff and game shows.

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature Kids Only Question and Answer sessions, where youngsters interview players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.   Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard-to-find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 12:00 p.m. on the Interactive Stage.  Additionally, BCF will hold a 50/50 Raffle.  The winner will be announced at the Interactive Stage following the coaching staff autograph session.

Photo sessions with players are also scheduled throughout the day in designated photo areas.  The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a full set up with the latest Brewers merchandise for sale and a Brewers Museum will feature memorable artifacts from throughout the history of the team.

Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. The schedules are subject to change, with the latest version and more information available at Brewers.com/ondeck. Autographs this year will be either free, $10, or $25 with proceeds benefitting Brewers Community Foundation.

Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs Ryan Braun, Rollie Fingers, and Bob Uecker will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry card which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center.  The Premier Entry card will be exchanged for a numbered coupon and entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.

There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session. A schedule is listed below:

PREMIER AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE

Player                                    Signing Time       Stage

Ryan Braun                           11:00 – 11:45          2

Rollie Fingers                        12:00 – 12:45          1

Bob Uecker                           1:30 – 2:15              4

Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10.

The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player (BOLD ITALICS – Premier Autograph).

Autograph Schedule

 

Stage 1
10:30-11:15 Tyler Thornburg ($10)
12:00-12:45 Rollie Fingers ($25)

Stage 2
11:00-11:45 Ryan Braun ($25)

Stage 3
11:30-12:15 Jeff Cirillo / Greg Vaughn (Free)
1:00 – 1:45 Corey Knebel ($10)
3:45-4:30 Matt Garza ($10)

Stage 4
10:30-11:15 Martin Maldonado ($10)
1:30-2:15 Uecker ($25) / Attanasio ($0)
3:00-3:45 Jeremy Jeffress ($10)

Stage 5
12:30-1:15 Michael Blazek ($10)
2:00-2:45 Chris Carter ($10)
3:30-4:15 Will Smith ($10)

Stage 6
11:30-12:15 Jimmy Nelson ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 Taylor Jungmann ($10)
3:45-4:30 Jonathan Villar ($10)

Players who are not listed above will sign free autographs on the Bonus Stage all day long.

Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs.

Fans are also invited to stop by the Social Media Stage for fun and games (and to say hi to me!).  Fans can post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.

Children are invited to visit the Farm Teams Infield for free batting and hitting clinics scheduled throughout the day. Brewers alumni and players will be on hand for the instructional sessions.  In addition, kids can run around the field or play games with Brewers players in the Fan Cave.

Klement’s Main Stage Schedule

10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Meet the Coaches – Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will welcome fans to Brewers On Deck. The winners of the seven T-Shirt Friday designs will be introduced.  Fans will also enjoy a question and answer session with Brewers Manager Craig Counsell and his coaching staff.

11:30 a.m. – The Brewlywed Game – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see which pair really knows each other the best. It’s the Brewers version of The Newlywed Game.

1:00 p.m. – Meet the Management – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, General Manager David Stearns, and Vice President – Assistant General Manager Matt Arnold will participate in a question and answer session with Brewers fans.

2:00 p.m. – Brewers Jeopardy – A Brewers player, prospect and alumnus will participate in a game show, similar to the popular Jeopardy television show.

3:30 p.m. – Brewers Face Off – Brewers players and alumni will participate in a game show, similar to Family Feud.

 

More information will be available leading up to the event at brewers.com/ondeck.

Gary Vanden Berg Selected to MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

The Major League Baseball groundskeepers are set to host their annual meeting in Los Angeles this weekend.  Prior to the meetings, the late Gary Vanden Berg was selected as the latest inductee into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.  He will join previous inductees Emil Bossard (Indians), George Toma (Royals), Joe Mooney (Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Twins), Harry Gill (Brewers), Pete Flynn (Mets) and Pat Santarone (Orioles). Vanden Berg will be inducted this Sunday, January 24, at the DoubleTree in downtown Los Angeles.

Vanden Berg was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for more than 30 years.  Following a year-long battle with cancer, he passed away on October 10, 2011.  Gary was well respected for the work he did, but more importantly for the person that he was.  It was unanimous that, among his peers, the trophy for the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame was named in his honor upon its inception in 2011.

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Lynn

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.
Photo by Tom Lynn

“Gary set a standard that we all admire to this day, not just in his profession but in his personal relationships, and we are thrilled to hear that he is receiving such a high honor from his peers,” said Bob Quinn, Brewers Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration. “His care for the grounds at County Stadium and Miller Park in often challenging conditions was always at the top of the class. He was also a great friend to everyone in the organization, and a mentor to many who have now become established in the industry.”

Vanden Berg began his career in sports turf management when he joined the Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Department in 1981 as an assistant to the legendary Harry Gill, who is recognized as one of the founders and driving force behind the formation of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Vanden Berg served as Gill’s assistant until his passing in the fall of 1990, setting in motion his 21 years as the head groundskeeper for the Brewers.  Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Vanden Berg got his start in the turf grass industry by working on golf courses where he grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin.

In his time as an assistant and head groundskeeper at County Stadium, Vanden Berg not only had to produce a quality field for the game of baseball, but also for football.  The Green Bay Packers played select home games at County Stadium through 1994.  In addition to Brewers and Packers games, the field endured other events including concerts, measurable snowfall during the season, and tractor pulls, to name a few.

Vanden Berg at County Stadium

Vanden Berg at County Stadium with Harry Gill.

When the Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park, Vanden Berg made the move with the team, tackling the challenge of managing grass in a retractable roof stadium and its imposing shade patterns.  Vanden Berg prepared the Miller Park field for numerous events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers’ playoff appearances in 2008.

Vanden Berg will forever be remembered for the internship program that he established in Milwaukee for college students aspiring to become sports turf managers.  Students from all over the nation sent their resumes in, hoping to get a spot on the Brewers Grounds Staff every year due to the great experience they were able to receive under Vanden Berg.  The national STMA recognized the importance of his internship program, and established the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant for students seeking internships that may not have otherwise been able to afford it.

To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered.  Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote; a nominee must receive must receive 75% of the vote of all active association members.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Current Brewers Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher, along with David Mellor, Head Groundskeeper of the Boston Red Sox, recently took part in a Diamond Davincis podcast, a podcast dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management, where they spoke about Vanden Berg’s induction into the Hall of Fame. You can take a listen, here.

 

Brewers Mini-Marathon, Presented by Sendik’s Set for September 10

The fifth annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 10, and registration is now available online at brewersmini.com.  The race has offered a half marathon and 10K since 2013 and will now include a 5K course as well.

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All three races begin and end at beautiful Miller Park and offer courses that take runners through the Miller Valley, past the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) and along the Miller Park warning track. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April and May of 2017, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place for runners and spectators to enjoy.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring drinks and misting stations. Refreshing snacks and drinks will be provided by Sendik’s Food Market at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking available at Miller Park and will be invited inside to watch participants run along the field warning track while being shown on the scoreboard.

Through the race’s first four years, participants have helped to raise over $205,000 to benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at brewersmini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will get the chance to have their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.  Previous fundraising prizes have included signed Brewers memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Miller Park.

Runners who register before April 29 will receive discounts. Early registration pricing is $65 for the Mini-Marathon, $45 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K.  Regular registration prices for the Mini-Marathon and 10K are $75 and $55 respectively for those who register April 30 – July 29. Late registration, available from July 30 – September 6, is available at $85 for the Mini-Marathon, $65 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. Race packets can be the picked up during Packet Pick-Up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016.  Last minute registrations will be accepted for the mini-marathon, 10K and 5K for, respectively, $100/$80/$35 at Packet Pick-Up if space is available.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewersmini.com.

Brewers Announce Complete Schedule for 2016; Updated Schedule Includes Home and Road Game Times

Today we announced the complete schedule for the 2016 season, which includes all home and road times.

2016 Brewers Schedule

The Brewers open the regular season at home against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, April 4 at Miller Park (1:10 p.m.) in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days.  The season-opening homestand concludes with a weekend Interleague series against the Houston Astros.

The first road trip of the season features a three-city trip, spanning eight games over nine days, while traveling to St. Louis (April 11-14), Pittsburgh (April 15-17) and Minnesota (April 18-19).

The Interleague schedule features games against each team in the American League West Division, as well as four games in the border battle against the Minnesota Twins.  The Interleague schedule begins against the Houston Astros at Miller Park from April 8-10, and continues with a four-game home/away series against the Twins from April 18-21.  The Crew will take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three games from May 2-4 at Miller Park, and will face the Seattle Mariners over a three-game series from August 19-21 at Safeco Field.  The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Oakland Athletics – June 7-8 at home, and two weeks later, June 21-22, at O.co Coliseum.  The Brewers conclude Interleague Play with a three-game trip against the Texas Rangers from September 26-28 at Globe Life Park in Arlington during the final week of the regular season.

The Brewers will play at home on Memorial Day, May 30 vs. St. Louis and Labor Day, September 5 vs. Chicago-NL.  The team will visit the nation’s capital for the Fourth of July to open a three-game set against the Nationals (July 4-6).

Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (May 2, July 25, and Monday night games in August will start at 6:20 p.m.).  Weekday day games at home in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day and Memorial Day, which will start at 1:10 p.m.).  Sunday games and weekday day games at Miller Park from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. (except Wednesday June 1, which will start at 12:40 p.m. and Labor Day on September 5, which is a 12:10 p.m. start time).  Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m.

All game dates and times are subject to change.

Brewers On Deck Attendees Announced

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players, alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  On the day event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through January 29.

Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

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PLAYERS MANAGER ALUMNI
Orlando Arcia Ramon Flores Shane Peterson Craig Counsell Don August
Jacob Barnes Matt Garza Brett Phillips COACHES Jerry Augustine
Yhonathan Barrios David Goforth Michael Reed Darnell Coles Jeff Cirillo
Michael Blazek Junior Guerra Domingo Santana Joe Crawford Rollie Fingers
Ryan Braun Josh Hader Will Smith Derek Johnson Jim Gantner
Keon Broxton Adrian Houser Tyler Thornburg Marcus Hanel Larry Hisle
Chris Carter Jeremy Jeffress Jonathan Villar Jason Lane Ken Sanders
Garin Cecchini Taylor Jungmann Tyler Wagner Pat Murphy Gorman Thomas
Trent Clark Corey Knebel Colin Walsh Ed Sedar Greg Vaughn
Clint Coulter Jorge Lopez Carlos Subero Paul Wagner
Tyler Cravy  Martin Maldonado Lee Tunnell
 Zach Davies  Jimmy Nelson Matt Erickson  Bob Uecker
 1/20/16 Update: We’ve had some additions to our lineup! New attendees noted in RED. For those asking, yes, Bob Uecker will be attendance as well!
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Robin Yount is no longer able to attend the event.
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Scooter Gennett is no longer able to attend the event.

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and Klement’s Main Stage game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.  It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in.  It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.

Explore MKE

SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted at a later date.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck activities will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!

-Cait

@CMoyer

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