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Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special Koos for Kids Fundraiser on Sunday, May 15

Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel (otherwise known as “Koos”) has always had a desire to help children and so, about 10 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

In two weeks, on Sunday, May 15, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.

The Brewers take on the San Diego Padres at 1p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to Hitters Baseball Academy in Caledonia for a Koos for Kids event.

Koos for Kids

 

For just $25, you’ll receive a ticket to the event, dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

The event has been held at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the past, but this year, Koos for Kids is trying something new at the Baseball Hitters Academy.

“I think this event will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet their favorite Brewers,” Hanel said. “We are also excited to announce that we’re offering a scholarship program. We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”

Hanel also tells me that some of the players have some fun surprises planned for the event. “There’s kind of some fun stuff we’ve got intertwined that the boys are going to keep under wraps for now. Kind of a sneak attack on the people who are going to be there,” he laughed.

As far as auction items go, Hanel is excited about the unique items they have this year. “We have a Miller Park home plate signed by the whole team, Maldonado’s catching gear, game-used bats, really cool photos from (Brewers Team Photographer) Scott Paulus that have been signed by the players, Badgers stuff, Packers items…” he said.

Hanel says that sales for this annual event are strong, but if you hurry, you can still get in on the fun. Click here to reserve your ticket today!

Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Padres series, too!

5/4 Update: Today, via Twitter, Hanel released a list of players expected to attend the event. They include: Chase Anderson, Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith, David GoForth, Jimmy Nelson, Matt Garza, Corey Knebel, Zach Davies, Blaine Boyer, Michael Blazek, Chris Capuano, Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado, Ryan Braun, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Carlos Torres, with more to be announced as we get closer to the event.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

BREWERS “BEYOND THE DIAMOND” COMMUNITY INITIATIVE RETURNS FOR FOURTH YEAR IN 2016

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the return of the organization’s community initiative, “Beyond the Diamond,” which features a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season.  The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel, working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on nonprofits providing quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

Spearheaded by Community Relations, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, “Beyond the Diamond” events this year will include the “Habitat for Humanity Build,” hospital and military visits, a playground build and much more.  Each month from May through August, players, coaches, alumni and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend the following community outreach events:

May 18 (Education)                Strike Out Bullying Contest Visit

Students from all public and private schools in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties are encouraged to create a video that demonstrates a positive message to “Strike Out Bullying.”  The winning entry will receive a grand prize which includes a visit from Brewers players as well as tickets and transportation to a game for their school. Teachers can submit their team’s video via the form at brewers.com/beyondthediamond. The winning video will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Brewers and will be assessed on a concise and positive message that incorporates creativity and originality. Brewers players will visit a winning school to deliver an important message about bullying and its impact.  The contest winner’s class will attend the Brewers game the next day as guests of the organization. Entries are accepted until April 25.

 

June TBD (Basic Needs)         Habitat for Humanity Build

Players, wives and front office staff will assist organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community on a house build. The event is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.    

July 23 (Recreation)               Brewers Block Party 

A neighborhood block party at a local park will feature player appearances, food and fun games. The event will be free, compliments of the Brewers. The location will be announced later.

August 10 (Health)                 Children’s Hospital Visit

Brewers players, alumni and wives will make bedside visits and give Brewers memorabilia to kids at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

August 14 (Recreation)          Brewers Bowling Event

Hosted by Matt Garza and his fellow teammates, fans can enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, an agency that is dedicated to helping women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction reclaim their lives and rebuild their families. For more information and to sign-up today, visit http://www.brewers.com/bowling

August 26 (Recreation)          KaBoom Playground Build

Players, wives and front office staff will assist organizers from KaBoom! to build a new playground at Meta House. Players will also attend the ribbon cutting, thank volunteers, hand out Brewers Buddies tickets and take group photos. The playground build is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.

August 31 (Education)                        Read Aloud Day

Several members of the team will visit the Milwaukee Public Library and read to kids. Each kid will receive a Brewers activity book, signed by the players in attendance.

Additional information on each program will be distributed prior to each event.

 

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide for the June 18 Kenny Chesney Concert at Miller Park

On Saturday, June 18, Kenny Chesney returns to Milwaukee as part of his 2016 Spread the Love Tour! After breaking nine attendance records and selling over 1.3 million tickets on last year’s Big Revival Tour, the King of Summer is back at it again with 13 more stadiums and an even bigger lineup in 2016 as he joins forces with the biggest female country artist on the planet in Miranda Lambert.

In addition to Chesney and Lambert, the Miller Park concert will also feature four-time Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and emerging star Old Dominion, who broke onto the scene in 2015 with their smash hit “Break Up With Him”.

As a big country fan myself, I’ve been looking forward to this concert since we announced it last October.

And, just like you, I’m getting all geared up for the show. I’m planning my tailgate with friends, shining up my cowboy boots and I’m blasting my “Good Stuff” playlist on repeat.

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

A-to-Z Guide to the “Spread the Love” Concert at Miller Park

PLEASE NOTE: I have been trying my best to get you answers to all of the questions that you’ve asked in the comments; however, on the day of the show, things will be a bit hectic and I will likely not be able to respond to you in real time. Please call our box office at 414-902-4000 for any matters that have not been previously addressed. Thanks!

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Drop off The Brewers do not recommend that you drop off children at Miller Park. Pick up will not be accessible on Miller Park property following the show as those streets will be closed for departing traffic only post-concert.

Shuttles For the last Kenny Chesney concert, several local pubs/establishments offered shuttle service. Click here for a list of shuttles that run during Brewers games. We recommend reaching out to the specific pub/establishment to confirm if they will have a shuttle for the concert.

Special Needs Drop-Off There is a Special Needs Drop-Off area; please view the map for directions.

Taxi Cabs Taxis may drop off and pick up using the transit area located outside Helfaer Field.

Uber The Uber pickup and dropoff is at the Gantner lot, near the Sausage Haus on the east side of the stadium.

For directions and a map of the lots, please click here.

Buses Please check with MCTS regarding service.

BANNERS & SIGNS

Cannot be larger than 18×24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. No handles or poles can be attached.

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the show. You may also bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #SpreadtheLoveTourMKE on Twitter and Instagram and we may feature our favorites on the blog! Sorry, video cameras are not permitted.  Selfie sticks are also not permitted for the concert.

CARRY-INS

Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into Miller Park. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the stadium using appropriate containers, but only food purchased within Miller Park will be allowed into Suite areas.

Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16 by 16 by 8 inches or smaller and will be searched.

Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark.

No beach balls or selfie sticks will be permitted for the concert.

CONCERT LIGHTS

Strobes, lasers, motion lighting and pyrotechnics will be used throughout the show.

FIELD ACCESS

  • Anyone with a SANDBAR ticket MUST ENTER the Third Base Gate at Miller Park. Upon entering with a valid Sandbar ticket, ticket holders will receive the appropriate wristband needed to access the floor and enter the sandbar area. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Anyone with a FLOOR section ticket must obtain a field access wristband to access the Floor section seating. Each individual must be present and have a floor seating area ticket in hand. Ticket must have a valid barcode and the perforation strip intact.
  • Wristband stations will be set up outside of Miller Park at the pedestrian bridge and by the Home Plate Gate on the Miller Park Plaza from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wristband stations will also be set-up inside of Miller Park on the Field Level concourse near sections 110, 118, and 126 and inside of the Hot Corner Gate beginning when gates open (4 p.m.)

We recommend allowing yourself enough time to get your wristband and get to your seat in time for the show.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 4 p.m.. The concert is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

When entering Miller Park, please be sure to allow for extra time for screening process, finding seats, buying memorabilia, and getting your wristband (if you have field seats).

There are five major gates at Miller Park. Avoid long lines by familiarizing yourself with the different gates around the ballpark and plan to arrive early. All attendees will be required to go through fan screening which includes walking through metal detectors.

PARKING

Parking lots will open at 2 p.m.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance of the show day. Parking can be purchased through the Miller Park Ticket Office windows up until Friday, June 17 at the advanced rate of $25. It will be $30 on the day of the show. Please note, parking purchases on the day of show is CASH ONLY.

For this show, there is no Preferred vs. General Parking. It is all first-come, first served.

For ADA parking, please follow the Preferred Parking signage and display your ADA placard to the parking attendant.

For directions and a map of the lots, please click here.

SCREENING

All attendees will be required to go through a fan screening process which includes walking through metal detectors. Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16 by 16 by 8 inches or smaller and will be searched. Please be sure to allow extra time for the screening process and getting to your seats.

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

The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. As you know, in Wisconsin, things can change quickly, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated closer t the show. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information. Open or closed, one this is for sure–Miller Park will be rockin’!

SAFETY

Keep aisles clear. For your safety and those around you, we ask that you keep the aisles clear. Do not stand on seats. Standing on seats is very dangerous and will not be allowed by security.

Report problems immediately. If you need assistance please contact a Miller Park staff member or use the Guest Text Messaging system (Text “Brewers” and your issue to 69050). You may also utilize one of our two (2) Guest Services booths inside the ballpark. There is one on the Field Level behind section 116 and one on the Terrace Level behind section 419. Please do not allow someone or something to impact your experience in a negative manner and not notify us.

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 2 p.m. and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 4 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. More than 100 portable toilets will be available in the Miller Park parking lots along with restrooms at the Sausage Haus and Helfaer Field.

TICKETS

Please check brewers.com/Chesney for availability.

TRAFFIC

With several construction projects nearby, we advise checking the WI Department of Transportation for best routes. Lane closures I-94 Westbound could cause delays. For information on freeway traffic and closures, please visit www.plan94.org and 511wi.gov.

VIP PACKAGES

VIP Packages are handled through CID Entertainment, which is still working on the emails to the customers. If you would like to talk to someone, please call 414-902-4000, as our phone center can look up your account and verify that you have a VIP Package to assure you that an email with parking/gate information is coming from the company hosting the VIP Party.

WEATHER

Check the weather and dress appropriately. Flat shoes are recommended. The field cover can be uneven to walk on with heels or flip flops. Please plan on the roof being open unless rain is in the forecast.

WILL CALL

Will Call is located at the Box Office near the Home Plate Gate. Those picking up tickets will be required to present a picture ID of the designated will call name and credit card used for the purchase. No third party Will Call will be accepted for this event; please distribute tickets in advance.

Are you coming to the concert? Let me know how you’re getting in the mood.

Also, don’t forget to share your photos with us using #SpreadtheLoveTourMKE on Twitter and Instagram– We may feature our favorites on the blog!

See you there!

-Cait

@CMoyer

BILLY BRUTON TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILWAUKEE BRAVES HONOR ROLL

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Billy Bruton into the Braves Honor Roll.  An induction ceremony will take place at Miller Park on Monday, May 16, beginning at noon at the site of the Braves Honor Roll, which is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance.
Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The lightning-quick center fielder spent eight of his 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-60.  He batted .276 with 48 HR, 327 RBI and 143 stolen bases with the Braves.

Bruton became an instant fan favorite when he hit a 10th inning home run to seal the victory in the Braves’ first-ever home game on April 14, 1953 vs. St. Louis.  Bruton, who finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, led the National League in stolen bases in each of his first three seasons.  The speedster led the NL in runs (112 in 1960) and triples twice (15 in 1956 and 13 in 1960).  During the 1958 World Series, Bruton batted .412 (7-for-17) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

Bruton finished his career with the Detroit Tigers from 1961-64.  He passed away on December 5, 1995.  Bruton family members will be attending the May 16 ceremony.

Bruton will become the 15th member of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll.  Previous inductees include: Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Hank Aaron (2012), Del Crandall (2012), Gene Conley (2013), Joe Torre (2014) and Red Schoendienst (2015).

 

5/16/16 Update:

Today we held the ceremony at Miller Park. Here’s a look at Billy’s plaque on the Braves Honor Roll:

Photo May 16, 12 16 14 PM

 

Bring Peanut Butter With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a peanut butter drive during the Brewers series against the Marlins.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring peanut butter with them to Miller Park to support Feeding America. In return for a donation of peanut butter (or $5, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Chris Carter.

Chris Carter Brewers Pin

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@Cmoyer

“Specials by Series”for May 2016

Rivalry-inspired fare is back at Miller Park.  As each opposing team comes to town, DNC SportService will feature “Specials by Series” near Section 229.

Here’s a look at what you can expect for the first homestand. I’ll update this list with the remaining specials by series for the month as I get them, so check back often!

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season ling!

Brewers vs. Marlins (April 29-May 1): Pork Tacos

Pork tacos

Cilantro, Onions, Queso Fresco, Lime

 

Brewers vs. Angels (May 2-4): Halo Dog

Halo Dog - LAA

Klement’s Hot Dog, Bacon, Charro Beans, Shredded Cheese, Pico de Gallo

 

Brewers vs. Padres (May 12-15): Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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Queso Fresco, Pico de Gallo

 

Brewers vs. Cubs (May 17-19): Chicago-Style Hot Dog

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Klement’s Hot Dog, Sport Peppers, Green Relish, Pickle Spear, Tomato, Chopped Onion

Enjoy!

-Cait

@CMoyer

#MagneticJerseySweeps: Here’s Your Chance to Win a Custom Jersey From the Brewers Team Store

How would you like to add a FREE Brewers jersey to your wardrobe? Head over to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner at Miller Park for a chance to do just that!
Simply “customize” your own magnetic jersey on the interactive Magnetic Wall using the available numbers and letters, snap a picture, and post your photo on Twitter. Make sure to submit your post to @Brewers using #MagneticJerseySweeps for your chance to win a new Brewers Flex Base Authentic jersey from Majestic Athletic, customized to your choosing.

We’ll randomly select one winner after each homestand. That’s right. There will be 11 winners this season! Fans may enter the Brewers Team Store #MagneticJerseySweeps any day during a Brewers homestand, but please note that only one entry per person is accepted per each entry period (homestand).

Winners will be notified via their Twitter accounts. No purchase necessary to enter. See official rules for complete details, including information on the entry period and how to enter.

Custom Jersey Contest B

 

 

 

AJ Bombers Concrete Custard Concoctions & Player Burger: May 2016 Menu

One of my favorite spots at Miller Park continues to be AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison- occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers as well as monthly player burger features, which return on May 12.

The first player burger of 2016, back by popular demand is Luc’s Ragin’ Cajun,  a special burger named after Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

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It’s a Cajun-infused Bombers Burger, topped with white cheddar, Nueske’s Bacon and Sriracha.

Luc’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time (May 12-June 1).

In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for May here exclusively at Miller Park:

I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season long!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

@CMoyer

THE 2016 “VOTE BREWERS!” CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY!

The Milwaukee Brewers will need your help to fill the ballot boxes with All-Star votes to represent the Cream City in San Diego. Milwaukee fans year-in and year-out demonstrate that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they have voted for their favorite Brewers in impressive numbers.

It’s once again time to ramp up and Vote Brewers! This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Ballpark in San Diego, California. This year Brewers fans will have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the exclusive, online-only Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Chris Carter, 2B Scooter Gennett, SS Jonathan Villar, 3B Aaron Hill, LF Ryan Braun, CF Ramon Flores and RF Domingo Santana.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually-agreed-upon game and a meet-and-greet with six-time All-Star Ryan Braun.  There is a maximum of 35 votes per email address, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period .

More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com.

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via an online ballot station at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games in the right-field corner of the Field Level concourse (by the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground). In-park balloting at Miller Park has begun and continues through Thursday, June 30. Fans who vote at the online-stations at Miller Park will be eligible to win daily prizes.

The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional T-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing SausagesTM will help distribute voting information around the city.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, June 30 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

 

Brewers Offer Flash Sale; Tickets Available Today Only for $4.26 Beginning at 9am

Blink twice and you might miss it. For one day and one day only, the Milwaukee Brewers are having a flash sale where they will offer tickets for just $4.26 for the May 2 through 4 contests against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Fans can enjoy an incredible savings during the flash sale courtesy of U.S. Cellular®.

Beginning today at 9:00 a.m. CT, tickets in the Loge Outfield, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Box sections for the May 2-4 contests against the Angels will be available for $4.26. This offer is available exclusively online at brewers.com/flashsale. Fans can retrieve the discount by simply entering the password FLASH.

There is a limit of eight (8) tickets per game and inventory is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Tickets will be delivered digitally, where fans can print their tickets at home or directly gain entry into the yard via the Ballpark App.

This offer expires at 11:59 p.m. CT tonight or when supplies are exhausted.

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