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Although a lot of the news made by the Brewers recently has been in Arizona at Spring Training, let’s not forget that Opening Day in Milwaukee is now less than two weeks away. Sure, it’s absolutely freezing in Milwaukee, but with every passing day, we know we are closer to baseball. Three improvement projects at Miller Park that were recently completed during the off-season were officially unveiled today. We had a firsthand look and are here to show them to you.
DEW DECK RENOVATIONS
The Dew Deck, a seating area above the right field bleachers that dates to Miller Park’s opening year, was renovated during the off-season. The signature addition to the area is a 26-foot high rock climbing wall, designed in the shape of a can of Mountain Dew. The Famous Racing Sausages were the first to go up the wall today.
The wall will be open for about three hours every game day, and is designed to accommodate up to three climbers at a time. I also went up the wall today and snapped some photos from the top. It was pretty fun and would be a great addition to any group outing. I think it will be a popular feature at the park.
Other improvements to the area will include new lighting, new ceilings, installation of flat panel televisions, repainting, and new signage. The Dew Deck accommodates groups of 25 to 260 people (no individual ticket purchases are available). The area features stadium seating, a private bar, and private restrooms. Tickets to this affordable party space include an all-you-can eat pregame tailgate buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Individuals interested in hosting events at the new Dew Deck may call 414-902-GRPS for more information.
Following the addition of a new Brewers Team Store retail site on the Club Level last year, the SKYY Lounge (formerly Home Plate Lounge) was enhanced this winter. The SKYY Lounge is located on the concourse of the Club Level behind home plate and is open to Club Level Suiteholders and all fans who have Club Level seating.
The project included the removal of an existing concessions stand, storage area and restroom, allowing for the creation of a new fixed “Chef’s Table” counter. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know of our love for the “Chef’s Table.” We were able to sample some of the food items this afternoon (fuel for my climb up the rock wall) and they were delicious. We will be back with the regular “What John and Cait Ate” features for the 2013 season, so I don’t want to give too much away about the food. Chef John did, however, let us know that he hired a new pastry chef this year meaning there will likely be some fabulous new sweet treats available at the ballpark.
Featured upgrades include a new Concierge counter, new carpeting, and new furniture (modular seats, ottomans, barstools, dining chairs, and tables). In addition, there will be new lighting throughout the space. The area is much more open, modern and social.
MILLER LITE PARTY DECK
The latest in unique, All-Inclusive vantage points to take in a game was also unveiled today in the new Miller Lite Party Deck. The Party Deck has a capacity of 70 and is situated above the Miller Park right field Loge Bleachers. The view from up there was fascinating. You can see the entire field and it is almost like you are hovering above the field. People were asking today, “What was here before?” Well, there was nothing there before, it is a completely new space that was added on this off season. Once you see it, you will think it has been there since the ballpark opened, it really fits in.
It features 1,400 square feet of entertaining space and includes a new fixed bar, buffet counter, flat panel televisions and two levels of seating. The area is available for groups for select Brewers home games, offering an all-inclusive food and beverage experience as well as a private setting and a spectacular vantage point for viewing the game and Miller Park surroundings. Groups may reserve their space in the Miller Lite Party Deck and all group entertaining areas now. More information is available by calling the Brewers Group Sales office at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or at Brewers.com/allin.
There is a lot going on at Miller Park these days. We are in the homestretch of the off-season and ready for April 1. Stay tuned to the blog as we will have updates and other news leading up to Opening Day!
Birthdays. Retirements. Bachelor/bachelorette parties. Company outings. Family reunions. Youth organizations, day camp and school field trips. Sorority/fraternity outings. Team celebrations. Church group outings. Club gatherings.
Whatever the occasion, Miller Park is the perfect place for your group outing and Brewers Director of Group Sales, Chris Barlow, and his staff are there to ensure that all of the details are handled. Your group just has to show up, enjoy the game and have fun!
As a Wisconsin native who grew up in Oconomowoc and Wauwatosa, Chris has always been a Brewers fan.
“When I was a little kid, if you had told me that when I was a grownup, I would be working for the Brewers for a really good chunk of my life, I would have said I will take it, I wouldn’t have even asked how much it paid,” Chris said.
In fact, Chris remembers his first Brewers game in 1972 when the Crew faced the Red Sox with Luis Tiant on the mound, and his first time at Opening Day in 1980 when Chris’ favorite player at the time, Sixto Lezcano, hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth to win the game.
Those cherished times spent at County Stadium made Chris realize that he wanted to work in sports in some capacity. A UW-Eau Claire graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism, Chris spent his college years working at WKOW in La Crosse, producing a nightly sports cable TV show, writing for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram and the Spectator.
After graduation and a brief stint working as a reporter for Community Newspapers, Chris took a job with the Brewers as a Telephone Sales Representative (TSR).
Then, when Chris’ boss at the time left to take a position in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, he brought Chris along with him. There, Chris was responsible for helping create a sales force. While Chris enjoyed his time with the Sabres, he still felt that pull to return to his hometown team.
“When they put the shovel in the ground for Miller Park, I called [now VP-Consumer Marketing] Jim Bathey and said,’ Jim I want to come home!”
Jim offered Chris a job and he came back to the Crew in 1997. He’s been working here ever since.
“My original thought, way back when I was a TSR, was that I would get my foot in the door and then move into broadcasting or media relations, but all these years later, here I am, in Group Sales,” Chris said.
But Chris is definitely not unhappy with how his career has panned out. “I found out I was pretty good at it and that I enjoyed it,” he said.
“I love working at Miller Park and it still gives me goose bumps some days when I drive up,” he said.
While Chris’ career has evolved over the years, his current responsibilities include overseeing all of Group Sales, which includes group outings, the All-Inclusive Areas, the party suites and the tailgate facilities.
Chris’ staff includes Maggie Aliota, Group Event Coordinator and Jake Mentch, Group Account Executive, and the three of them are there to assist fans with planning their group outings every step of the way.
“Any group, any size, any event, any budget, and, with our retractable roof, any weather—we’ve got you covered,” Chris said.
And they are always coming up with new ideas to enhance the fan experience.
New for 2011, along with our Bonus Games, Chris and his staff have added Value Games and Super Bonus games, so fans have additional opportunities to save even more. This means that we now offer groups up to 83% savings to over half of our home games. Plus, your group can catch some of the hottest games against the rival Cubs, Cardinals and Twins at non-Marquee prices, exclusively for groups, saving up to 40% off individual ticket prices for select games.
Also new this season, fans have opportunity to purchase individual tickets in some of Miller Park’s All-Inclusive Areas for select dates at a special savings. As the name suggests, these areas are just that—all-inclusive. You get your game ticket, plus premium food and beverage options from your choice of several unique vantage points around the ballpark, such as the AirTran Airways Landing Zone, Gehl Club, Harley-Davidson Deck and Dew Deck. In the past, access to these areas has been limited to those purchasing in large groups, but now, the Group Sales Department is giving fans the chance to bring out smaller groups to sample the area.
Of the All-Inclusive Areas, Chris’ favorite is the Gehl Club, an upscale venue located on the PNC Club Level, down the left-field line.
“It is a great place to view a game from. You might not think that if you just looked at a stadium map, but when you go stand in there, it is stunning. I am a little biased but I think it is one of the best places to watch a game from anywhere in baseball and the food is excellent, too,” Chris said.
Group Cap Days are another new initiative that has added value to the group experience in the last two years. Groups that purchase 25 or more group tickets in select areas on certain dates throughout the season will receive a unique Brewers adjustable cap for everyone in the group. The 2011 Cap Days are May 20, July 8, July 29, August 12, September 9 and September 23.
Another Group Sales offering that fans may not be aware of is the Corporate Savings Program (CSP). Personally, I think it is the best kept secret around here…well, next to the recipe for Secret Stadium Sauce! Basically, all it takes is one main contact at a company or organization to sign up for the program. The Group Sales staff will then send that individual a link to special ticket offers, exclusive to CSP members. The contact only has to post and promote the information and then it allows others within the organization to buy the tickets directly online; there is no money to collect, there are no minimums to meet, and the Group Sales staff handles the rest! It’s a great, no-cost perk for companies to be able to offer to employees.
Chris’ staff does such a great job day in and day out that they have countless repeat customers who always plan on hosting their annual Brewers outing at Miller Park. Although 25 is the magic number to be considered as a group here, many of those repeat customers are very large groups, like sometimes in excess of 10,000 people large!
For example, we have Little League Night each year and there is a pre-game parade of over 10,000 Little Leaguers. This year’s event falls on Monday, June 20.
“That whole night is very special to me because of the kids involved and being able to see their faces light up as the walk around the warning track with their coaches. It is an incredible feeling. The folks that organize that event are people who truly only care about organizing a fun baseball activity for kids. It is very refreshing,” Chris said.
Other large group nights include Weather Day (April 7), Singles Night (April 25)), Military Appreciation Day (this Sunday, May 15), Racine Day (May 22), Stitch N’ Pitch Night (June 21) , La Crosse Day (June 22) and many more!
Like I said before, whatever the occasion, if you want to give your event a little zing, boom, tararrel, you’ll want to make sure your gang’s all here!
For more information on Group Outings at Miller Park, vist brewers.com/grouptickets or call (414) 902-GRPS (4777).