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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!
We all know that Opening Day is a practically a holiday in Milwaukee—and a hot ticket. Looking forward to it helps Brewers fans get through the long, cold winter and counting down to Opening Day helps add to Brewers fans’ anticipation about the 2013 season.
And at this point, with just 31 days to go until April 1, the only way you can really secure your seats for the game against the Colorado Rockies is by purchasing a Brewers 10-pack. Starting at just $180, there are five exciting 10-Pack plans to choose from, all featuring 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of your choice for FREE (while supplies last). The Brewers 10-Packs also offer several benefits, including savings on parking, regular pricing for Gold and Marquee Games and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games in each plan (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day).
There is also just one other way for one lucky fan to get tickets: Our #SEEUAPRIL1 Instagram and Twitter contest.
Ever since January 1, we’ve been counting down the days until Opening Day in various ways across many different media from our outdoor billboards to our social media platforms and now we want to hear (or rather, SEE) how you’re passing the days.
Show us the creative way(s) you count down to Opening Day and you could be chosen to be in the crowd on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Crew takes on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm and kicks of the 2013 season!
Create an original photo showing how you count down to the Brewers Home Opener. Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SEEUAPRIL1 for a chance to win a pair of Terrace Box tickets (a $50 value) to Opening Day! For complete details and official rules, visit brewers.com/seeuapril1.
See below for a gallery of some of our postings so far!
And don’t forget–there is just one winner in this contest, so if you want to GUARANTEE your place in the crowd on Opening Day, purchase your Brewers 10-Pack and get in for FREE–while you still can!
Good luck in the contest and I’ll #SEEUAPRIL1!
It’s thinking about the return of baseball that gets us through the coldest winter days (like today) in Wisconsin.
So, it was only fitting that with 70 days to go until Opening Day, we announced specifics of an Opening Day Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day at Miller Park and other Gold and Marquee Games prior to the sale of individual tickets.
Beginning tomorrow, January 22 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 11, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 1 against the Colorado Rockies. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to Gold and Marquee Games at Miller Park.
This year’s Marquee Game schedule includes Opening Day – April 1 vs. the Rockies, April 19-21 vs. the Cubs, June 25-27 vs. the Cubs and September 16-19 vs. the Cubs. Gold Games include the following 16 games: May 4-5 vs. the Cardinals, June 8-9 vs. the Phillies, June 22-23 vs. the Braves, July 6-7 vs. the Mets, July 20-21 vs. the Marlins, August 3-4 vs. the Nationals, August 17-18 vs. the Reds and August 31- September 1 vs. the Angels.
Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 15.
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. Single game ticket sales will begin in late February (exact date TBD).
Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and Marquee Games all season long with plans starting as low as the 10-Pack. 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 for more information.
Good Luck…Hope to #SEEUAPRIL1 !
The countdown to Opening Day is on – with just 88 days to go – and fans can secure their seat to the Home Opener on Monday, April 1 vs. the Colorado Rockies as Brewers 10-Packs go on sale tomorrow (Friday, January 4) at 10 a.m. There are five exciting plans to choose from, all featuring 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice for FREE (while supplies last).
Each 10-Pack includes an Interleague Game and at least one Marquee Game against the Chicago Cubs at the reduced rated of regular game (Blue Game) prices. The Weekend Plan and Premier Plan feature a pair of All-Fan Bobblehead dates, as well as a variety of Gold Games at the regular rate. The Rivals Plus Plan includes one All-Fan Bobblehead date, an Interleague matchup vs. the Minnesota Twins, two Marquee Games against the division rival Cubs and three Gold Games. The Hot Summer Nights Plan also includes two Marquee Games against the Cubs, while the Friday Plan includes an Interleague Game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 30. [For a list of 2013 All-Fan Bobbleheads, click here.]
Packages start at $180 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($18 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $240 ($24 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $400 ($40 per game, no wait service), the Loge Infield Box for $400 ($40 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $480 ($48 per game).
The Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including savings on parking, regular pricing for Gold and Marquee Games and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games in each plan (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day).
Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/10packs for more information.
Fans can also join in sharing the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day on Facebook at facebook.com/brewers or on Twitter by following @Brewers, @Bernie_Brewer and/or using the hashtag #SEEUAPRIL1.
Fans looking forward to even more Brewers Baseball in 2013 can take advantage of exclusive benefits in 20-Game Plans, which offer more seating options, additional per-ticket savings and the opportunity to purchase tickets to postseason games played at Miller Park. Fans can choose one of four pre-selected plans with guaranteed seat locations: Opening Day, Business, Saturday Plus or Sunday Plus. Plus, with the purchase of a 20-Game Plan, fans will be eligible for the Brewers “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion, which offers 40 fantastic prizes given away over 40 days!
Well, the day that we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us–Opening Day! (Or #MillerParkOpener if you’re following along on Twitter!)
John and I look forward to another fun-filled season and hope you’ll follow along with us here on John and Cait…Plus 9.
Cheers to a great 2012….Now let’s PLAY BALL!
When I first saw the field at Miller Park after getting back from Spring Training, I thought I was looking at a field from Arizona! The field at Miller Park looks great and is more than ready for Opening Day on Friday. I can remember an Opening Day at Miller Park (I believe it was 2005) where giant propane heaters were on the field thawing out the frozen infield. That certainly won’t be the case on Friday.
Today, led by the new Brewers Director of Grounds, Justin Scott, the “Opening Weekend” logo was painted on the beautiful green Miller Park grass.
Scott talked about the mild winter and how that affected the field this afternoon with local media.
“The actual challenge of the mild winter was that the cover kept the field warmer all winter and the turf never went as dormant as we probably would have liked it to,” Scott said. “Just like people, turf needs some time off to rest and that is what winter normally provides. We were partially dormant this winter and didn’t get the rest we needed, but certainly got the growth we needed. We have been exceptionally fortunate with the weather that Mother Nature has provided us.”
Scott will have a learning curve coming from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City–an open-air stadium–to Miller Park in Milwaukee.
“This being my first year, it is kind of like moving into a new house,” Scott said. “There are always nooks and crannies that you learn. I’m learning the shade pattern, what it needs with water. My assistant, Michael Boettcher, and the crew, having been here before me, have been an invaluable resource and did a great job of putting things to bed in the fall.
Everyone will miss former Brewers Director of Grounds, Gary Vanden Berg who passed away last October. Scott knows Vanden Berg is irreplaceable, but will follow in his footsteps in providing great care to the Miller Park field.
“I knew Gary a little bit from our conferences and meetings, but I did not know him very well,” Scott said. “I certainly knew what he meant to the Brewers and to the city with the long history he had. That is certainly something that you cannot replace. I’m just here to provide the Brewers with the best playing surface we can.”
Scott said he talked to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke about the field and the Brewers skipper talked of the importance of having a clean and even playing surface that players can rely on each game.
“His main concern is having a good, safe and highly playable field for the players,” Scott said. “It’s my job to find the best way to provide that.”
Check out some photos from today’s logo painting below:
If you have been reading Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s comments lately, he isn’t looking ahead; he’s just focusing on one game at a time. I normally like to stick to the skipper’s ideology there, but sometimes you have to work ahead. Although there is still plenty of work to do in 2011 for the Brewers, Major League Baseball today announced the 2012 schedule.
The Club’s 43rd season in Major League Baseball will open at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. The 3:10 p.m. start time is due to April 6th being Good Friday. It’s always exciting to host a “true” Opening Day at Miller Park. This will mark the fourth Opening Day at Miller Park (2-1) and the 14th overall time the Brewers have opened the season at home (8-5). The Brewers have played the Cardinals three times on Opening Day and are 2-1 in those games.
Opening Day marks the first of a three-game set versus the Brewers NL Central rival and is followed by a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs for four games (April 9 – 12) and to Atlanta for three more with the Braves (April 13 – 15).
One of the first questions every year with the schedule (after, “When is Opening Day?”) is always “Who do the Brewers play in Interleague play?” As always, the Brewers will have a home and home series with the Minnesota Twins, their “natural” rival at Miller Park May 18 – 20 and at Minneapolis June 15 – 17. The rest of the Interleague schedule calls for a run of three-game series at Kansas City against the Royals (June 12 – 14); at home against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 18 – 20) and in Chicago to play the White Sox June (22 – 24).
The Brewers will have two, nine-game homestands in 2012. During the first, the Brewers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 17 – 19), Colorado Rockies (April 20 – 22) and Houston Astros (April 23 – 25). The second nine-game homestand will see the Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 1 – 3), Chicago Cubs (June 5 – 7) and San Diego Padres (June 8 – 10).
The team will have one 10-game road trip during the 2012 campaign that will take place in Pittsburgh (September 18 – 20), Washington (September 21 – 24) and Cincinnati (September 25 – 27). The Brewers will also have a nine-game road trip that will take them to St. Louis (April 27 – 29), San Diego (April 30 – May 2) and San Francisco (May 4 – 6).
The Brewers will play at home on several holidays including Easter Sunday (April 8, vs. St. Louis); Mother’s Day (May 13 vs. Chicago) and on the Fourth of July against the Miami Marlins (the “Florida” Marlins will become the “Miami” Marlins beginning next season as they open their new ballpark).
The Brewers will close out the 2012 regular season at Miller Park, October 1 – 3 against the San Diego Padres. This marks the first regular season games in October in Milwaukee since the 2001 season when the season went into October because of the break MLB took during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Another schedule note, the MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 10 in Kansas City.
Home start times for the 2012 season will again be 7:10 p.m. for night games Monday – Friday, 6:10 p.m. for most Saturday games (several are listed as TBD), 12:10 for weekday afternoon games in April and May (except Opening Day), and 1:10 p.m. for Sunday games and weekday afternoon games from June through September (except July 3 and 4, which are both 3:10 p.m., and Sept. 12 which is TBD). Road start times will be announced later in the winter. All game dates and times are subject to change. A complete 2012 Milwaukee Brewers schedule can be downloaded here: 2012 Brewers Schedule.
Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. I was heading into the office for some last minute finishing touches before tomorrow’s Opening Day when the skies turned dark, the lightning flashed and it started hailing. Hard.
This was a pretty heavy hail! I have never seen anything like it. Luckily the roof was closed during the entire storm so everything on the field is good for tomorrow. I pulled out my iPhone and took this video, please pardon the shaky quality of the video!
As evident by the tweets and Facebook updates from people in the Milwaukee area, a lot of you had the same experiences. Can you imagine if this happened one day earlier!? We are all looking forward to a great day tomorrow. It was a tough weekend in Cincinnati, but that is nothing that a little home cooking can’t cure for the team. When you are tweeting about tomorrow’s activities at Miller Park, make sure to use the hashtag #MillerParkOpener so they can all be organized. Enjoy Opening Day in Milwaukee tomorrow!
Today was an exciting day at Miller Park as we debuted both our new video board and TV spots at a media event this afternoon.
The scoreboard was designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, Inc. The new video board features a single screen, true 1080 display and is the fourth-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet. The only larger boards are in Kansas City, Phoenix and Houston.
Let me tell you– it is AMAZING.
I didn’t want to spoil your first impression of the board by posting a video and these photos are cool, but they don’t do it justice, so I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to come out to Miller Park and see it for yourself to really get the full effect!
Your first chance to see the board in person is this Saturday’s Rising Stars Minor League Game, set for 3:10pm. [Psst! All tickets are just $10!] And, of course, next week when Brewers Baseball returns to Milwaukee for the 2011 Season!
[To learn more about the scoreboard, check out my interview with Deron Anderson, Director of A/V Production, from December, here.]
During the event, we also showcased our new 2011 TV spots on the new board for the first time. There are seven new spots this season. The first three are fan-centric and relate to the Miller Park experience, while the remaining four are centered around the players and have a similar theme to last year’s spots.
The fan-centric spots were filmed locally last summer and the player spots were recently filmed at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and also, at Miller Park. [Read my post about the shoot in Spring Training, here.]
You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite! Plus…click here for outtakes from the shoot!
Fireworks: The baseball’s better at Miller Park. And, as one group of fans discovers, so are the fireworks.
Yard Work: Yes, we have to cut the grass at Miller Park. But, as these backyard fans discover, not during the game.
Remote: Your chances of capturing the Miller Park experience at home? Pretty “remote,” as these fans find out.
Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is all about control. On the mound. And all around the stadium.
Batting Cage: Who wants to face Prince Fielder in the batter’s box? No man. And certainly no machine.
Setting the Table: Rickie Weeks does a beautiful job setting the table for his teammates. On the field. And off.
Not Open: Reliever John Axford loves closing things. And it’s a lot more than just baseball games.
The new spots will air in game broadcasts beginning with Opening Day in Cincinnati, this Thursday (gosh it feels good to type that), March 31.
Greetings from my desk in cold, snowy Milwaukee!
As I noted in an earlier post, I was down in Arizona last week for the filming of our 2011 TV commercials. We wrapped up our shoot on Thursday evening and I left warm and sunny Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, getting home just in time for our Brewers Arctic Tailgate event.
Hearty Brewers fans were camping out when I swung by the ballpark on my way home from the airport last night, waiting anxiously to purchase individual game tickets, which went on sale at 9am this morning.
[The first 2,000 fans received a free t-shirt, Klement’s hot dog and a Pepsi. Plus, they also received special one-day only ticket offers that weren’t available anywhere else. If you missed out on the event, you can still purchase tickets and guarantee your place in the crowd to the best games this season, by calling our Box Office at (414) 902-4000, or logging on to brewers.com.]
So, yeah! Individual tickets are on sale now, Spring Training games start on Monday… Brewers Baseball will be back in Milwaukee before you know it!
Look for our spots to debut during the first games of the season, beginning with Opening Day in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 31.
And, while I can’t give away what this year’s spots are going to be about, I can tell you that they will have the same type of theme as last year’s spots and we’re bringing some new guys into the mix, including closer John Axford.
On Thursday, John showed up on set to star in one of the spots, but he could have just as easily been directing them if life had taken him down a different path.
That’s because John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film in 2005 and even began attending Canisius College to start working on his Master’s of Science in Sports Administration before he signed with the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2006 and began his career in professional baseball.
What’s John doing? You will have to wait until our spots air this season to find out!
As we waited for the crew from Icarus Films and the representatives from our agency, 2-Story Creative, to set up between shots, John told me all about his film classes at Notre Dame.
“I did a 16-milimeter black-and-white film my junior year,” he said. “I still have the hard copy with all of the edits and cuts and everything, because the way we cut it was actually the old-school way. We actually cut the film and taped it together. We didn’t do it digitally. That came later. It was only 12 minutes long, maybe a little less. We got 400 feet of film, which is about 11 minutes and you had a partner, so each person had their own roll.”
“It was pretty cool, the old Steenbeck machine, you had to get the rolls on there and line them up and press play and then fast forward it through and stop it on a certain part where you wanted it. You go frame-by-frame and then cut it and bring in the other roll, hold it down flat and tape it. I really I liked it,” he continued.
When I asked what the film was about, John said, “It’s rather depressing. That’s what I found out about myself while doing film classes. I like the depressing, dark movies. Mine was essentially about spousal neglect and suicide.”
And it is true, he does gravitate toward the darker films–most of John’s favorite movies in recent years have been heavier foreign films and films such as Children of Men and the Oscar-nominated Black Swan.
“I really like open-ended movies,” he said. “Black Swan, I absolutely loved. I would like for that to win Best Picture, but I know it won’t. Just because it is artistic and dark, that is what I would want to win I guess.”
When it comes to music, John also gravitates toward the dark, heavier side of the spectrum.
“I listen to almost anything, but mostly hard rock, something a little heavier. I really got into hard rock by listening to Brazilian metal, John said. “Now, I have branched out a lot further. It used to be just metal, but now it is pretty much everything,” John said.
Speaking of music, one of the only Brewers players who is active in social media, John is currently letting his fans select his entrance song for 2011 on his Facebook Page.
“There are 15 songs for fans to vote on,” John said.
“There are eight newer songs because everyone uses older rock–songs by AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and stuff like that–so I wanted to add some new stuff and try something different. There are also a lot of older songs on there, like Rush and Led Zeppelin. I also included Omen, a metal band– everyone kept telling me I needed to have them because they have a song called ‘The Axeman’.”
“Then I have a couple of theme songs…I have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme song, which I thought would be fun. There is also a song people will recognize from Kill Bill, but it is actually from a western from the ’60s. I also added some fun ones and some songs that were used last year for me, just to see what people think.”
For the complete list, and/or to vote, click here.
John was a good sport during our shoot and interview, as I donned a prop from our spot that may or may not make the final cut…
The tall, mustached right-hander was extremely easy-going and fun to talk to on the set and, although his movie and film choices may be dark, he was nice as can be and his future only looks bright.
This will be a big season for John, on and off the field. Not only will John star in one of our spots this year, but he and his wife, Nicole, are also expecting a baby boy this June.
“We’re very excited.” John said.
John also has his own bobble head, sponsored by Palermo’s Pizza/ Piggly Wiggly on Sunday, April 24 when the Brewers take on the Houston Astros at 1:10pm.
“I just saw pictures of it and it looks really, really cool,” John said.
This is one bobble you’ll want to make sure you add to your ‘stache! Individual tickets went on sale today, so you can get tickets for John Axford Bobble Head Day now!
I enjoyed talking to John and I just know that the spot he’s in will turn out great, as will the other spots we shot this week. Stay tuned, boys and girls–we’re “closing” in on baseball season!