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WEATHER FORCES CHANGES TO “ARCTIC TAILGATE” PLANS AT MILLER PARK; Camping Out for Tickets Prohibited Due to Plummeting Temperatures
With frigid overnight temperatures expected for Thursday and Friday, today we announced that nightly camping for Saturday’s “Arctic Tailgate” will not be permitted. The earliest that fans will be allowed to arrive for the event will be 5 am on Saturday morning.
The Arctic Tailgate event marks the beginning of individual ticket sales for 2015 Brewers home games. Participants were originally going to be allowed to arrive at noon Thursday, and historically fans have camped over Thursday and Friday nights on the Miller Park Plaza area for the opportunity to secure tickets.
“This event is a tradition for many of our fans, but conditions are going to be too dangerous to be in the elements for extended exposure,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We simply do not want to put anyone’s personal health at risk with the expected conditions.”
The revised plan calls for gates to the parking lots to open at 5 am on Saturday. The Box Office will open at 9 am for the beginning of individual game ticket sales.
The Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players will be on hand to greet fans all morning. The first 2,000 fans in line will receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt. In addition, Grebe’s Bakery will supply fans with doughnuts. FOX Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ will both serve as media sponsors, and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls will be in attendance on Saturday.
Only a very limited number of tickets for Opening Day will be available at this event (note: the Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on February 28; no phone or online orders will be accepted). Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.
In addition to the Miller Park Ticket Office, fans will be able to buy tickets and parking at Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. The Miller Park Ticket Office will be open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Normal Box Office hours are from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (beginning Monday, March 2), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Today we announced that pitcher Teddy Higuera will be honored this season as he has been voted as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame. A total of 32 votes were cast and Higuera received 25 votes (78.1%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.
Higuera fell just two votes shy of election last year.
A lifetime Brewer, Higuera played nine seasons with the team. He started his career in 1985 and went 15-8 with a 3.90 ERA with 127 strikeouts, while finishing as the American League runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The following season, Higuera posted a 20 win season, going 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA, with 207 strikeouts and 17 complete games. He earned All-Star honors and finished second on the Cy Young Award ballot. Higuera followed his success by setting the franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 240 in 1987, as he went 18-10 with a 3.85 ERA. He went 94-64 with 3.61 ERA in his career, and currently ranks third among franchise leaders in career wins and strikeouts (1,081).
“We are thrilled to honor Teddy Higuera with a plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Teddy was a lifetime Brewer, and he still ranks among franchise leaders in many pitching statistics. Just as important, though, is that he’s always been an engaging personality and a terrific representative of those who have worn the Brewers uniform. We look forward to his return to Milwaukee and the opportunity to recognize his achievements with a permanent marker at Miller Park.”
Higuera will travel to Milwaukee and be recognized for the honor in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, August 14 as the Brewers face the Phillies at 7:10 pm.
Joe Adcock (20 votes) and Mike Caldwell (17) were the closest to qualifying among eligible former players and coaches.
There were a total of 29 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballots 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 2016.
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 and Johnny Logan in 2013.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
The fourth annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 26, 2015. Registration is now available online at brewersmini.com.
Last year a combined 7,200 runners, representing 39 states and 6 countries, participated in the mini-marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park with unique courses that take participants past Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) and the opportunity to run inside Miller Park on the field warning track.
All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.
Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade and misting stations along the way. Refreshing snacks and water will be provided by Sendik’s at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.
During the first three years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, race participants have helped to raise over $190,000 with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin. Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by the Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at brewersmini.com and submit online donations. Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.
The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available). Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25, 2015.
I included this video in my post about our #SeeUApril6 Contest, but I felt like it deserved its own post as well.
Check out this awesome time lapse of the Miller Park game day experience, put together by Scott Paulus, our team photographer:
Ah, doesn’t that just make you long for summer? The good news is–each day we’re getting one day closer to Opening Day and the fun and excitement that we know will last all summer long.
The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On! Win 10-Packs, Opening Day Tickets, Roundtrip Airfare and More with our #SeeUApril6 Contest
The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, April 6 when your Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm at Miller Park.
As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter. As of today (Tuesday, January 13) we’re just 83 days away from kicking off the 2015 season at Miller Park and #OneDayCloser to all of this:
Last year, we asked you to join us in our countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you were counting down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it and this year, we’re inviting you to do the same.
Here’s how it works:
For example, Friday, January 16 is 80 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “80” by 5pm CT the day prior (Thursday, January 15) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Friday, January 16. Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUApril6.
Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!
Like last year’s contest, we’ll be selecting a Grand Prize winner, but this year the pot has been sweetened.
Each of the daily winners will be eligible to win a Qualifying Prize along the way and from those Qualifying Prize Winners, we’ll select a Grand Prize winner to win a pair of Brewers 10-Packs, Opening Day tickets AND roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines!
Perhaps you could use that flight to join the #BrewersRoadCrew and see the team on the road this season.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
Today we announced the construction of a new fan experience at Miller Park, a state-of-the-art attraction to honor retiring Commissioner of Baseball and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Known as the “Selig Experience,” the exhibit will be located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction will be a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in saving Major League Baseball in Milwaukee, his successful efforts to bring the Brewers to the city, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.
Miller Park already is known as a premiere destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience will take that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.
“Commissioner Selig is the one person who ensured that the city of Milwaukee would continue as a Major League city, even when virtually all others had lost hope,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We want to mark his legacy with much more than a museum, and we believe the Selig Experience will tell his story in one of the most unique fan attractions in all of sports.”
The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It will celebrate the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.
The main multimedia show builds to a surprising 3D encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.
The design and production of the Selig Experience is being led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design firm that turns brands into destinations. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.
“This exhibit is as much a celebration of the passionate Milwaukee Brewers fans as it is an homage to Commissioner Selig,” said Brad Shelton, Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts. “We’re telling an emotional story of how the Brewers’ first fan brought professional baseball back to his friends and neighbors. Whether they take a quick tour between innings or spend more time examining every detail, this is an immersive experience that no Brewers fan will forget.”
Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.
During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.
In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.
“I am humbled that the Brewers will chronicle the remarkable journey of the franchise through a fan experience at Miller Park named in my honor,” said Commissioner Selig. “The story of the Brewers revolves around the great sports fans of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, whose passion drove me to work toward bringing the National Pastime back to my hometown. Given my affinity for history, I believe this exhibit will illustrate the extraordinary sense of community that the Brewers have always inspired.”
Earlier this year, the Brewers also announced that the Club will retire uniform #1 in Selig’s honor, signifying his role as founder of the franchise. The retired number will be displayed in time for Opening Day. Additionally, he was honored with a statue at Miller Park, which was unveiled on August 24, 2010.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.
The holidays are rapidly approaching, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t panic: I’ve put together a Brewers Gift Guide for you, so this year, you can give the gift of the season…The baseball season, that is!
Even though it is the offseason, there really are a variety of options out there, so let me help you find that perfect present for every fan on your list.
For Every Fan
There is a reason they’re called Holiday 4-Packs–because they’re the perfect holiday gift for any and every Brewers fan on your list.
Starting at just $60 & featuring some of the season’s biggest games, when you get them a Holiday 4-Pack, you’re not just giving them tickets to a game, you’re giving the gift of Brewers Baseball, family time, memories and summer. Plus, for each pair you purchase, you’ll get a free ornament featuring Hank the Ballpark Pup.
Want to give a 4-Pack as a gift, but don’t know your recipient’s schedule? We’ve got you covered. With the Fan’s Choice 4-Pack, your recipient can choose their games at a later date. These are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check out brewers.com/4packs today.
Everyone always loves gift certificates! Brewers gift certificates are good towards the purchase of tickets to ANY 2015 Milwaukee Brewers regular season baseball game at Miller Park as well as Spring Training home game tickets in Arizona.
Brewers On Deck Tickets
They don’t have to wait until April 6 to see the Crew in Milwaukee. Get them some tickets to spend some quality time with your favorite Brewers at Brewers On Deck, Sunday, January 25 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. A host of Brewers players as well as coaches, alumni, front office executives and broadcasters will be attendance for the Brewers annual Fan Fest. And with autographs, photo opportunities, coaches’ clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family.
You also can’t go wrong with the gift of Brewers gear. Shop at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park or online at brewers.com for some of the latest & greatest new merchandise–we’ve got everything from jerseys and caps to footwear and accessories!
For the Kids
A Brewers Kids Club Membership (14 & Under)
For just $25, get them a membership to the Brewers Kids Club! They’ll receive an I.D. card with lanyard, Brewers Kids Club card, Hank the Dog magnet, Milwaukee Brewers poster, drawstring bag and water bottle, plus six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers. In addition, they’ll have access to a few special events and unique opportunities, such as a tour of Miller Park, a party with the mascots, a pre-game parade and more. Click here to purchase/learn more.
For the Dog Lover (& Dog!)
Hank the Dog Merchandise
We all fell in love with Hank the Ballpark Pup this year and if there’s an especially big fan of Hank on your list, you’ll want to check out some of the newest Hank items available in the Brewers Team Store:
Plus, Hank merch is the gift that keeps on giving: 20% from the sale of Hank-related items benefits the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Big Screen Video
Did one of your friends, family members or colleagues make it up on the Brewers scoreboard during a game this season? Surprise him or her by ordering a copy of that video–turn that memory into a lasting memento!
Looking for an extra-special gift? How about planning a trip to Spring Training in sunny Phoenix, Arizona? Spring Training tickets are on sale now.
Fantasy Camp (30 years +)
Send them to Brewers Fantasy Camp this January! This package includes airfare to and from Milwaukee and Phoenix, hotel, instruction and coaching from Brewers legends and much, much more.
And there you have it, a whole host of ideas to make Brewers Baseball your one-stop for holiday shopping. I hope this was helpful to you!
For more ideas and links, you can also visit brewers.com/giftguide.
The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in their online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded number 12 at the outset, eventually defeated second seed Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.
The tournament was held online at SportingNews.com and was based on the rankings of the home fields of all 30 Major League teams by M.E. Anderson, founder of the Twitter account @MLBCathedrals. Based upon those rankings, two 15-team brackets representing the American and National Leagues were created. Readers voted round-by-round until each bracket was left with one team.
Miller Park faced a tough battle in the first round, squaring off against Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ hometown field defeated Coors Field and then went on to best San Diego’s Petco Park in the second round. Miller Park downed division rivals Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to move into the finals of the National League bracket against the World Series-champion Giants AT&T Park.
After successfully winning the National League bracket, Miller Park was pitted against Major League Baseball’s oldest stadium, the highly-acclaimed Fenway Park, in the finals. After several days of voting, Miller Park was declared the victor earlier today.
“We are thrilled that Miller Park has been voted as the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues in the Sporting News Ballpark Bracket,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The fans’ opinions are our ultimate report card, so prevailing in this fan vote means a great deal to our organization.”
This is not the first time that Miller Park has been deemed the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues through a tournament-style bracket. In 2012, Miller Park won ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks Bracket in a similar fan vote contest.
Earlier this year, Miller Park also earned honors in ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park the 10th-best overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL) included in the survey.
Thank you to those who voted to help make Miller Park #1!
Last week, we gave you the details of the Brewers Annual Clubhouse Sale, will take place on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park. The sale features savings up to 80% on sale merchandise items and gives fans a behind the scenes look at Miller Park as it is held in the visiting clubhouse.
As usual, I’ll get a sneak peek at some of the items on sale and will give you a full preview of the sale here on the blog, so look for that to come later this week once they’re all set up….
And, like in the past, I have a special opportunity for you to gain early entry into the sale!
That’s right, the first 100 readers to e-mail me at CaitCoversTheBases@Brewers.com will have the chance to come to Miller Park on Thursday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. If you are selected, you’ll receive an email containing instructions by 7pm CT on Monday, December 1.
UPDATE: Wow! That was fast! All of the early entry spaces are spoken for. If you were selected, you will receive an email containing instructions by 7pm CT tomorrow-Monday, December 1.
I know a lot of the items at this sale are limited and the line is pretty long on Friday morning, so this is just one way to thank you for reading the blog and showing how much I appreciate your support by extending this offer to you.
Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
Artists Announced for Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite; Special Field Access Available Through Black Friday Sale
Today we announced the artists for the brand new Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite in 2015. The series will feature three postgame concerts performed by nationally acclaimed artists Joe Nichols, O.A.R. and the Goo Goo Dolls.
The series begins with Grammy Award nominee country artist Joe Nichols taking the stage after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nichols has entertained fans all across the country for over 15 years and has reached the charts with over a dozen singles, including “Gimmie That Girl,” “Yeah,” and “Sunny and 75.”
On Saturday, June 13, following the Brewers game against the Washington Nationals, rockers O.A.R. will take the stage for the second concert in the Brewers Postgame Concert Series. O.A.R, which formed in 1996 in Maryland, released their eighth studio album, “The Rockville LP” in June of this year. They are best known for their hit singles “Hey Girl,” “Love and Memories,” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).”
The Goo Goo Dolls will round out the inaugural Brewers Postgame Concert Series, on Saturday, August 15 after the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Buffalo, New York natives have recorded 10 albums including 1998’s “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which featured Grammy nominee for Record of the Year, “Iris.” The band has reached the charts with singles including “Slide” and “Name,” which both ranked on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs from 1992-2012. The Goo Goo Dolls are currently touring in support of their 10th studio album, “Magnetic.”
All fans who purchase tickets to one of the three games will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2015 single game tickets go on sale.
In a special Black Friday offer, 300 tickets for each concert date – each priced at only $129 – will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 28. Tickets will be available ONLINE ONLY at Brewers.com/blackfriday.
This exclusive Black Friday ticket package includes a ticket to the game in the Dew Deck, a delicious buffet and postgame field access for the concert. Only fans who purchase a ticket through this unique offer will be guaranteed postgame field access.
In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Field Outfield Box seats for $49 through this Black Friday sale. That ticket will gain them access to the postgame concert, however it will not grant field access.
The Dew Deck ticket package and Field Outfield Box ticket offer will be available for 24 hours, or until they are sold out.
Season ticket packages including the three postgame concerts, Opening Day and all 20 of the All-Fan Giveaways are on-sale now. For additional ticket and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.
Remaining individual tickets for the postgame concert dates will go on sale at the Brewers annual Arctic Tailgate event in February.