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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.
Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.
“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”
Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.
“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”
The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular “Holiday 4-Packs.”
The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.
Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:
12/12/14 Update: When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.
Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.
It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!
12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:
I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.
Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!
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!
Today we announced the promotions of three front office staff members to director-level positions in the organization. Individuals promoted include Jeff Harding, Chris Kimball and Tai Pauls.
“Jeff Harding, Chris Kimball and Tai Pauls are all key members of our business operations team,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Jeff has played an important role in many design elements that are part of the Brewers brand, while Chris has been a key contributor to our sales efforts that have averaged over 2.8 million tickets sold over the last eight years. Tai has been instrumental in managing Miller Park activities, including concerts, marathons and special events through Brewers Enterprises. We congratulate each of them on their promotions.”
Harding, who is entering his eighth season with the Brewers in 2015, has been promoted to director – creative design and strategy. He joined the organization in 2008 as graphic designer and most recently held the position of senior graphic designer.
A native of Neenah, Harding graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in graphic design. He is actively involved with the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade youth organization in Neenah as a volunteer leader and camp director at Camp Onaway in Waupaca. Jeff resides in Waukesha with his wife, Kristin.
Kimball, who enters his 15th season with the organization, has been promoted to director – group ticket sales. He previously served as senior account executive – ticket sales (2001-10) and senior manager – ticket sales (2010-14).
Kimball graduated from St. Norbert College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A native of Wausau, he currently resides in West Allis.
Pauls has been promoted to director of Brewers Enterprises. Pauls, who joined the organization as a stadium operations intern in 2005, worked full-time in the ticket sales department in 2006 and then transitioned into the suites department as manager of suite services. She joined Brewers Enterprises in 2008 as manager of special events.
Pauls graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with degrees in sports management and fine arts. A native of Milwaukee, she currently resides on the East Side of Milwaukee with her husband, Andrew, who works for the Brewers as senior director of corporate marketing.
In addition to 20 All-Fan Giveaways announced earlier this week, today we added another benefit to enhance the Miller Park experience for Brewers fans in 2015. The Brewers Postgame Concert Series Presented by Miller Lite will debut during the 2015 season, and will feature concerts performed by three nationally-acclaimed touring acts following three weekend games at Miller Park.
The schedule includes concerts after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks; the Saturday, June 13 contest against the Washington Nationals and the Saturday, August 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We survey our fans often, and one idea that is frequently referenced is the creation of a concert series following games,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Miller Park is a great option for major concerts, so we know this will be terrific added value for Brewers fans in 2015.”
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.
Further information regarding the artists that will perform in the inaugural series, plus a special, limited offer for holiday shoppers, will be announced later this month.
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.
Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy was named the 2014 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Lucroy who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.
Bert Garvin, We Energies Senior Vice President of External Affairs, presented Lucroy the award in a ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager Ron Roenicke, President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Debbie Krahn, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Grand Slam Prize” was also present.
The Brewers catcher received 43.42% of the total vote after a spectacular season. The five year veteran recorded career-highs in games played, hits, runs, doubles and walks. He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, Lucroy currently leads the league with 52 doubles and looks to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in doubles. Lucroy joined Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004) and Aramis Ramirez (50 in 2012) as the only Brewers with 50-double seasons.
Last year’s “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” Carlos Gomez came in a close second, recording 40.76% of the total vote. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).
DraftServ Units to be Introduced at Miller Park; New Technology Allows Fans to Pour Their Own Beverage
Today we announced the installation of two brand new DraftServ machines at Miller Park. After making its Major League debut at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, the self-service beverage dispensers will be rolled out at Miller Park tonight prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans 21 and older will be able to purchase a $15 or $25 card that will act similar to a credit card. Fans can use their card on one of two machines and can pour up to 24 ounces of beer in a single cup. Beverages available include Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Redd’s Apple Ale.
There is a maximum of two drinks per person per transaction, and fans using the service will need to show their proof-of-age when they purchase the cards and again when they access the DraftServ unit.
Miller Park will become just the second Major League Baseball stadium to feature DraftServ units.
“We are always looking at the latest conveniences for fans as we add to the Miller Park experience,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The DraftServ technology is new to sports venues, and we are excited to be among the first organizations to bring it to a wide audience.”
The DraftServ units will be located behind section 127 near the Big B’s Diner on the third base side.
Today, we announced that we have formed the “Brewers Creative Council,” a team of young professionals who will work with the organization to collectively evaluate and create new promotional ideas and marketing strategies for the organization.
A key focus of the council is to target a younger demographic of Brewers fans and potential Brewers fans.
“The best ideas sometimes come from outside sources,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The Brewers Creative Council will give us the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of fans as we continue to enhance the Miller Park experience.”
I’m proud to tell you that I am heading up this group of talented individuals who will meet regularly to share ideas that will be developed into new concepts. They are:
Josh Derouin, Manager of Marketing Systems at PKWARE; Joel Tilleson, Associate Attorney at Falk Legal Group; Kathryn Reinardy, Digital Communications Manager at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Andy Nelson, Public Relations Director at Pabst Theater Group; Lauren Hill, Director of Telefund at UW-Milwaukee; David Cohn, Director of Member Services and Communications at Wisconsin State Golf Association; Tarik Moody, Digital/Online Community Manager and Music Host at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee; and Arthur Ircink, Owner/Executive Producer of Wisconsin Foodie.
In preparing for the possibility of October baseball, the Brewers are now offering four options to secure tickets to Brewers Postseason games at Miller Park.
“The demand for Postseason tickets in 2008 and 2011 far exceeded the supply, and we expect that to be repeated this year,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “While current Season Seat Holders already have guaranteed rights to Postseason tickets, we are now offering a limited opportunity for all fans to purchase tickets and secure their seats in Miller Park for October.”
1) The first option is for fans to purchase a 10-Game Fan’s Choice Plan for the 2014 season and place a full season deposit for 2015. Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ALL 2014 Postseason games at Miller Park, including the World Series. Fans would select their desired seating category for the 2015 season and submit a deposit to qualify. The cost of the 10-Pack plus the required deposit for Field Level is $1,920 per seat and Loge/Club Level is $1,340 per seat.
2) The second option is for fans to purchase a 10-Game Fan’s Choice Plan for the 2014 season and place a 20-Game deposit for the 2015 season. Those who choose this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park. Fans would select the desired seating category for the 2015 season and submit a deposit to qualify. The cost of the 10-Pack plus the required deposit for Field Level is $920 per seat, Loge/Club Level is $740 per seat and Terrace Level is $430 per seat. Note – only 20-Game set plans are available for 2015 through these deposits (no Fan’s Choice Plans).
After Sunday, August 24, the 10-Game Fan’s Choice for 2014 is no longer available and the deposit amounts for 2015 Full-Season and 20-Game Plans increase.
3) As a third option, fans can put a full season deposit down for 2015 (after August 24). Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ALL 2014 Postseason games at Miller Park. The required deposit per seat is $3,000 for Field Level, $2,000 for Loge/Club Level, and $1,000 for Terrace Box seating.
4) The fourth option is to place a 20-Game deposit for the 2015 season (after August 24). Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park. The required deposit per seat is $800 for Field Level, $600 for Loge/Club Level, and $300 for Terrace Level. Note – only 20-Game set plans are available for 2015 through these deposits (no Fan’s Choice Plans).
Fans interested in these options can visit Brewers.com or call 414-902-4487 (HITS). There are 19 regular season games remaining on the home schedule, including three All-Fan bobblehead dates and Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, September 27.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson is on the disabled list, and so is the truck delivering his Bobblehead.
Tomorrow is the “All-Fan Jim Henderson Bobblehead Day,” but due to mechanical issues, the truck may not arrive in time for the items to be distributed. If the items are delayed further, fans will need to hold on to their ticket stub to pick up their Bobblehead on a later date. Specifics on the delayed distribution will be announced tomorrow, if necessary.
“We are hopeful that the Bobbleheads will arrive in time, but we wanted to communicate in advance the issues with the transportation so that fans are prepared when they arrive at the game tomorrow,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and apologize on behalf of the transportation personnel who are bringing the Bobbleheads to Milwaukee.”