Cait’s A to Z Guide to Next Week’s Chivas vs. Swansea City A.F.C. Soccer Match at Miller Park

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The World Cup may be wrapping up this weekend, but that doesn’t mean your Futbol Fever has to come to an end.

We’re looking forward to an exciting evening of soccer (including a Futbol Fiesta!–see below) in Milwaukee next Wednesday night as Chivas and Swansea City A.F.C. take part in the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park. 

7/15 UPDATE:   In preparation for tomorrow’s soccer match, Chivas will practice at Miller Park tonight at 6 p.m.  The practice is open to the public.  Parking is available in Brewers Lot 2 near Friday’s Front Row. Tonight’s practice and parking are both free of charge.

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of "pitch."

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of “pitch.”

Chivas, one of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, has captured 11 first division titles in and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include former Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo, Aldo DeNigris and Rafael Márquez Lugo.

Swansea City A.F.C., English Premier League side who were previous winners of the 2013 League Cup, will count on their biggest stars to lead the way, including midfielder Pablo Hernandez, forward Michu and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

(If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you can still do at brewers.com/soccer.)

As I’ve done with the concerts here in the past, I’ve compiled an A to Z Guide with everything you need to know about next week’s match.

CAIT’S A to Z GUIDE TO THE SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK

CAMERAS

You may bring your compact, still photography camera. Want to share your photos with us? Use #MillerParkSoccer on Twitter and Instagram and I may feature my favorites on the blog!

CARRY-IN POLICY

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • 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).
  • Soda, water or juice must be contained in factory-sealed plastic bottles
  • Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller
  • Food items in appropriate containers

All permitted items will be inspected at the gates 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 3” x 4”
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

For additional information on Miller Park policies, please check out the Miller Park A to Z guide here.

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage. One special item that will be offered during Wednesday’s match are Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Poblanos (with cheese, chorizo, and cilantro lime rice). You can find them at the Double Clutch stand outside of Section 215 on the Loge Level for $10.25.

FUTBOL FIESTA

Come early and enjoy Futbol Fiesta! Futbol Fiesta is a free interactive fan zone with sponsor booths, games, giveaways, music and more.  Stop by the 3rd Base Plaza at Miller Park from 4:30-7:30 PM on your way to your seats to join in on the fun.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 PM. The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM.

MERCHANDISE

Select Chivas and Swansea merchandise/souvenirs will be available in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, including some gear unique to Milwaukee/Miller Park, such as this t-shirt:

Hank Soccer Tee

PARKING

Parking Lots will open at 4:30 PM, coinciding with the start of Futbol Fiesta.

Parking is available to purchase in advance at the Miller Park Ticket Office. Advanced Parking rate is $20, $25 on day of the event. Parking is not available for purchase online or via phone within 7 days of the event.

Tailgating is permitted in all parking lots. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.

RE-ENTRY

Guests may not exit and re-enter Miller Park using the same ticket. However, in case of emergency, exceptions many apply. Please ask staff for assistance.

ROOF STATUS

This event is RAIN OR SHINE, thanks to the Miller Park roof! The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. For information about the status of the roof, check out the Roof Hotline.

ROSTERS

The roster for Chivas includes Mexican national team defender Carlos Salcido, who recently participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A complete roster for both teams is included below:

CHIVAS ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Antonio Rodríguez, Luis Ernesto Michel

DEFENDERS: Kristián Álvarez, Omar Esparza, Jair Pereira, Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Nestor Vidrio

MIDFIELDERS:Patricio Araujo, Fernando Arce, Israel Castro, Jorge Enríquez, Giovani Hernández, Sergio Nápoles, Ángel Reyna, Jesús Sánchez, Edgar Solís, David Toledo

FORWARDS: Omar Bravo, Aldo de Nigris, Carlos Fierro, Alberto García

HEAD COACH: Carlos Bustos

 

SWANSEA CITY ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: David Cornell, Lukasz Fabianski, Gerhard Tremmel

DEFENDERS: Jordi Amat, Kyle Bartley, Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Stephen Kingsley, Angel Rangel, Jazz Richards, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Ashley Williams – Defender (captain)

MIDFIELDERS: Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton , Adam King , Wayne Routledge, Josh Sheehan, Jonjo Shelvey

FORWARDS: Alex Bray, Rory Donnelly, Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis

HEAD COACH: Garry Monk

SHUTTLES

I’ve received many questions re: shuttle service from local establishments. Since this is not a normal Brewers game, you should check with each place individually to see what service, if any, they are offering for Wednesday’s event.

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 4;30 pm and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 pm and the match is scheduled to start at 8 PM. Also, you won’t want to miss out on Futbol Fiesta,  a free interactive fan zone open from 4:30-7:30 PM.

TICKETS

Tickets are selling fast, but are still available for sale. Tickets can be purchased online at brewers.com/soccer, by calling the Miller Park Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office windows. If you need accessible seating, please contact the ticket office in advance.

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

TRAFFIC

Heavy traffic and congestion is anticipated leading into the stadium area. City streets and highways are expected to be heavily congested near the stadium between pregame and following the match. To find out the best transportation to and from the stadium please visit the Miller Park A to Z guide and scroll to Directions to Miller Park.

WILL CALL

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

 

Thank you again for your support of international soccer in Milwaukee and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

All-Star Gear is Here!

Earlier today, we announced the “My All-Star” Ticket Packages, which include a free t-shirt featuring one of the four Brewers All-Stars.

While the”My All-Star” tees are exclusive to those purchasing the package, we’re also pleased to note that we have official All-Star player tees and jerseys for each of our four All-Stars is in stock at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park and on brewers.com.

Here’s a preview:

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Congrats to All-Star Teacher, Eric Vander Loop!

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE  announced the 30 winners (one for each MLB team) in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.

Eric Vander Loop was selected by you to represent the Milwaukee Brewers  in All-Star Week activities. He’ll be recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at  6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Today, we had Eric out to the ballpark, where he was recognized in a pregame ceremony.

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Eric and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Of the 30 All-Star Teachers, Eric’s story was chosen to be featured in PEOPLE Magazine. You can read it here.

Congratulations, Eric and thank you for all of the good you do in the classroom and the community! We are proud to have you represent us in Minnesota and hope to catch up with you to hear about the experience!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Score a Free Autographed Baseball with $150 Purchase in the Brewers Team Stores

Now, when fans purchase $150 or more of Official Players Licensed merchandise in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, they will receive a free autographed baseball from a Brewers player.

Gomez Baseball

Examples of merchandise include, but are not limited to: player tees, specialty player tees, player bobbles, pennants, jerseys of current players, 8×10 photos, etc. Game used items (i.e. Authentics Kiosk), as well as much of the newly arriving All-Star Gear (more on that to come!) are also included  in this promotion.

The baseballs fans will receive will be randomized, but that’s part of the fun! This promotion ends on August 24, 2014, or while supplies last.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

BREWERS CELEBRATE MIDSUMMER CLASSIC SELECTIONS WITH “MY ALL-STAR” TICKET PROMOTION

Fans once again showed the power of their vote this season as both Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were elected to start in this year’s All-Star Game, while Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Lucroy joined the All-Stars on the player vote. With a franchise-record-tying four players on the National League team, we’re marking the occasion by offering a ticket and merchandise package featuring each of the Club’s four All-Star representatives.

The four “My All-Star” ticket packages each include tickets to any four midweek games of the fan’s choice (beginning July 21) plus a limited-edition t-shirt featuring their favorite All-Star player – not available for sale anywhere else. Each package is priced according to the uniform number of the designated All-Star player, meaning that fans will not only be able to show their support for their favorite Brewers All-Star, they’ll be able to select from packages starting at just $16 per game.

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Fans will receive one t-shirt for each ticket package purchased. Shirt sizes are Adult Medium and Extra Large.

“We have seen how Brewers fans over-deliver in their All-Star voting efforts, and this ticket plan will give fans another opportunity to show their support for their favorite All-Stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the team leading the Central Division and games becoming more meaningful every day, we expect these packages to be very popular as we head into the stretch run.”

 

The ticket plan details are as follows:

The “Aramis is My All-Star” Plan: Terrace Box tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $64 (based on his uniform number 16 – $16×4=$64)

 

The “Luuuuc is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Bleachers tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $80 (based on his uniform number 20 – $20×4=$80)

 

The “Gomez is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Outfield tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $108 (based on his uniform number 27 – $27×4=$108)

 

The “K-Rod is My All-Star” Plan: Field Diamond Box tickets (Sections 110 and 125 only) to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $228 (based on his uniform number 57 – $57×4=$228)

Tickets are on sale now at Brewers.com/myallstar, or by calling (414) 902-GAME.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Fans: Can You Out-Tweet the Birds? FOX Sports 1 Launches Brewers vs. Cardinals Hashtag Battle

In advance of Saturday’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game, which will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1, the channel has initiated a challenge: Which fan base has the most pride?

  • Fans are encouraged to tweet #CardsOnFS1 OR  #BrewersOnFS1

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  • FOX Sports 1 will measure the total hashtags submitted and declare a winner on  “America’s Pregame Show” Saturday at 2:30 pm CT, prior to the game at 3pm CT.

Just because they are birds, that doesn’t mean the Cardinals will get the most tweets. I have a lot of faith in Brewers fans and the support they have for the team, which spills over onto social media every day.

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For FOX Sports 1 channel listings, click here. The Brewers return to FOX Sports Wisconsin on Sunday, pregame starts at 12:30pm CT.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Time to Take Your Tailgate Up a Notch with Brewers Tailgate Games

The weather is finally turning nice and warm and it seems like (I hope, at least)  summer is here to stay for awhile.

So why not consider ramping up your tailgate with our Homestand Highlight from the Brewers Team Store by Majestic?

Homestand 8 - The Ultimate Tailgate

Brewers Tailgate Games. Choose from Baseball Toss, Washer Toss or Ladderball. They are Brewers-branded, easy to assemble and fun for all ages.

Want a chance to show off your skills?

If you’re here for a Sunday game, be sure to stop by the Brewers Merchandise Trailers located near the Sausage Haus or Helfaer Field for a chance to compete in the Tailgate Games Challenge (bean bag toss and baseball toss)! Winners will receive $10 in “Bernie Bucks” which can be used toward merchandise in the Team Stores at Miller Park! And, if you don’t win, you still walk away happy because you’ll get a voucher to redeem at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner for a personalized key chain.

Brewers tailgate essentials are also available online at the brewers.com shop.  In addition, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to tailgating–visit it to keep up with the latest tailgate gear, checklists, tip and more.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Lucroy and Garza named Brewers Players of the Month for June

Jonathan Lucroy was named Brewers Player of the Month for June and Matt Garza was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June.

Lucroy batted .359 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games during the month of June.  Garza went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 6 starts, including 25 strikeouts over 40.2 innings pitched in June.

Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:
 

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Milwaukee Brewers Winner Announced as Part of MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ “All-Star Teachers” Program

Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Eric Vander Loop has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vander Loop and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. His parents are hardworking, inspiring, honest, and humble and that describes Eric as well. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball, and in his teaching, he educates his students to believe that they can make a difference in the world. A lifelong Brewers fan, Eric coached high school baseball for seven years. Eric started “River Studies Summer Fishing Program” 15 years ago for youth in the district, an initiative to raise funds annually to pay for student materials. Nine years later, he founded the “Unless” program after hearing that a student’s mother and another friend of the Vander Loops both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Eric what they could do to help, and he created “Unless” from a Dr. Seuss line: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” To date, he continues to lead “Unless” and has raised $86,000.00 to date!

Vander Loop will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.  As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song “Forever Young” by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.  Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX’s Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as “All-Star Teachers” Ambassadors to support the program.

Target presents “PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.

 

FAN-TASTIC FORTY “WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES” WINNER SANDY RUSCH JOIN TEAM

In January, we began our“Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the fourth consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,732.24).

Sandy Rusch, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1988, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced at a press conference today at Miller Park.

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“Along with players and performance, the fan base is very important,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We appreciate your support and we’re happy to have the opportunity to reward a fan for following the Brewers over the years.”

Sandy grew up in Milwaukee and has been a fan of baseball her entire life. Her love of the game is genetic with both her mom and dad having been huge fans of their beloved Milwaukee Braves. When she was only two months old the Braves won the 1957 World Series, and her parents took her to downtown Milwaukee to celebrate the victory with thousands of other “Bushville” fans. She’s been hooked ever since and attends Brewers Spring Training each March in Phoenix, and has followed the Brewers to more than 20 different cities and ballparks around the United States and Canada.

“Thanks to the Brewers for this opportunity,” Sandy said. “I know it’s cliché to say, but it really is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Sandy also noted: “I’d like to thank my fellow teammates Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez on being elected to to the All-Star Game.”

Her favorite current Brewers player is Jonathan Lucroy, and her all-time favorite players are Hank Aaron and Rob Deer. The 1987 Easter Sunday game is one of her favorite memories from County Stadium while her favorite memory at Miller Park is Game 5 of the NLDS when the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I couldn’t talk for three days after that,” Sandy said.

“I couldn’t either,” Doug interjected.

Sandy currently resides in Milwaukee, where she serves as Communication Manager for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.


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In addition to the salary and uniform, Rusch received VIP treatment prior to tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, 50 baseball cards with her likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed final page of her contract and the honor of throwing out the first pitch prior to the game:

 

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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