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Cait’s A-to-Z Guide for Tomorrow’s Kenny Chesney Concert at Miller Park

Yes, it’s finally here–tomorrow, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will make their way to Miller Park for The Corona Light Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour.

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

And, just like you, I’m getting all geared up for tomorrow. 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.

Here's what Miller Park looks like as of 1pm on Friday. Click the photo to view more images of this week's set-up process.

Here’s what Miller Park looks like as of 1pm on Friday. Click the photo to view more images of this week’s set-up process.

A-to-Z Guide to the “No Shoes Nation” Concert at Miller Park

CAMERAS

You may bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #NoShoesMKE on Twitter and Instagram and we may feature our favorites on the blog!

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.

FIELD ACCESS

Anyone who has seats on the field/floor or in the Sand Bar will need to obtain a wristband to access their seating area. Stations will be set up on the Field Level concourse near sections 110, 118 and 126 to distribute the wristbands.

GATES

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

PARKING

Parking lots will open at 1 pm. Parking is $25 in advance at the stadium box office or online. Parking is $30 day-of-show.

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. While the weather looks nice for tomorrow, it’s not nice right now as the artists are getting ready for the show, and as we know in Wisconsin, things can change quickly anyway. But open or closed, one thing is for sure–Miller Park will be rockin’!

5/18/13 Noon Update: Just heard from Senior Director of Stadium Operations Bob Hallas that the roof is expected to be OPEN if there is no rain in the area!

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 1 pm and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 4 pm and the concert is scheduled to start at 5 pm. More than 100 portable toilets will be available in the Miller Park parking lots.

TICKETS

If you missed out on getting your tickets earlier, you’re in luck! As a result of production adjustment, a limited amount of tickets have been released today to this previously sold-out show. Check brewers.com/Chesney for availability.

TRAFFIC

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced a full freeway closure of I-94 North-South – from 27th Street to College Avenue – which will take place from Friday evening, May 17 through Sunday morning, May 19, thus impacting No Shoes Nation concert-goers.

To better assist those attending the show, here is a map that includes detour routes. The posted northbound detour route has traffic exiting at 27th Street and continuing north to College Avenue to I-94 WEST (NB).

Two additional alternate routes that may be helpful follow:

Alternate 1: Exit I-94 WEST (NB) at 27th Street. Continue (north) on 27th Street to Lincoln Avenue. Turn left (west) on Lincoln Avenue followed by a right (north) onto 43rd Street/Miller Park Way.

Alternate 2: Exit I-94 WEST (NB) at 27th Street. Continue (north) on 27th Street to I-894 WEST. Continue (west) on I-894 WEST to I-894 NORTH. Continue (north) on I-894 NORTH to I-94 EAST and follow to Miller Park.

Concert attendees who travel along I-94 East (Northbound) through Kenosha and Racine counties should plan ahead and allow extra time for traveling. For additional information, please visit the project website at www.plan94.org

WEATHER

I just checked weather.com and, as of noon today, here’s what they are saying we can expect for tomorrow:

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And there you have it–all you “need to know” before tomorrow’s concert!

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 #NoShoesMKE on Twitter and Instagram– We may feature our favorites on the blog!

See you there!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Fan-Tastic 40 is Back for 2013!

I’m very excited to tell you that the Brewers Fan-Tastic Forty–40 days , 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences–is back for the third year in a row!

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The same promotion that saw fans win prizes like Klement’s Sausage for a Year, their photo on a ticket, and a big-league contract for a day in 2011 and 2012 is kicking off this month with more fun in store for Season Seat Holders in 2013.

Fans can look forward to prizes such as:

  • a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience
  • A private movie screening for eight on monster scoreboard at Miller Park;
  • Club Suite Parties with Craig Counsell or Doug Melvin;
  • A sampling of each of Miller Park’s six all-inclusive areas during the 2013 season;
  • 2014 season tickets at 1982 pricing;
  • A tour of the Miller Park roof;
  • And, my personal favorite: Shadowing brewers.com Beat Writer and popular blogger, Adam McCalvy for day

All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win these prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, February 24, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the Fan-Tastic Forty promotion.

Purchases made prior to today already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days of the promotion will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 19 will be eligible for all prizes from January 20 – February 24. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Friday, February 22.

Fans looking to renew or have questions about new packages are welcomed to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the site.

A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected is as follows:

January 16 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

January 17 –Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2013 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket.

January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.

January 19 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2013 ticket plan.

January 20 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with, and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.

January 21Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.

January 22VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2013 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the NYCE Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives. Take home an autographed baseball from each player and/or coach.

January 23Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2013 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.

January 24 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2013 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.

January 25 –Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.

January 26 – Shadow a Brewers Beat Writer. Follow Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2013 home game.

January 27 – You in the Team Photo. You will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2013 Brewers roster and coaching staff.

January 28 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.

January 29 – Miller Lite Beerpen Experience. Enjoy a 2013 home game in the Miller Lite Beerpen on a Friday night with 29 of your friends.

January 30 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.

January 31 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s six All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for six different games in the special seating areas.

February 1 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.

February 2 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.

February 3 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2013 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.

February 4 – Signed & Framed Braun 40/30 Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed print commemorating Ryan Braun’s 40/30 season.

February 5$500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.

February 6All-Inclusive Area Experience. Win 35 tickets in one of Miller Park’s All-Inclusive Area, complete with food and beverage, for a 2013 home game.

February 7 – Manage the Mini Sausage Race. Win all five spots as Mini Racing Sausages in the Sunday relay race during the 6th inning of a 2013 home game, plus 10 Field Level tickets to the game.

February 8 – You in Control. Watch three innings of a 2013 home game from the Scoreboard Control Room and see firsthand how the scoreboard works.

February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.

February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2013 Brewers starting rotation.

February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2014 season tickets.

February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.

February 13Signed bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.

 February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2013 season.

February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2013 season including all 10 bobbleheads.

February 16 – Klement’s Sausage for a Year. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products.

February 17 – Signed and Framed Lucroy Print. Receive an autographed print of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a  2013 home game.

February 19 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.

February 20You in the Brewers Radio Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers radio booth during a 2013 home game.

February 21 – Base signed by Aoki, Braun and Gomez. Win an authentic game-used base signed by the top three base stealers from the 2012 NL stolen base leading Brewers.

February 22 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.

February 23 – Lesson with Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.

February 24 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

This Year, the Winning Streak Starts in January with the Brewers Fan-Tastic 40

I’m very excited to tell you that the Brewers Fan-Tastic Forty–40 days , 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences–is back!

The same promotion that saw fans win prizes like Klement’s Sausage for a Year, their photo on a ticket, and a big-league contract for a day in 2011 is kicking off this month with more fun in store for Season Seat Holders in 2012.

Fans can look forward to prizes such as:

  • Spending an inning in the Brewers radio booth;
  • A private movie screening for eight on monster scoreboard at Miller Park;
  • A tour of the Miller Park roof;
  • And, my personal favorite: Shadowing brewers.com Beat Writer and popular blogger, Adam McCalvy for day

All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win these prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Monday, January 16 through Friday, February 24, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the Fan-Tastic Forty promotion.

Purchases made prior to today already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days of the promotion will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 19 will be eligible for all prizes from January 20 – February 24. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Friday, February 17.

Fans looking to renew or have questions about new packages are welcomed to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the site.

A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected is as follows:

January 16 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic during a private shopping session.

January 17 –Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2012 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket. 

January 18 – Signed Bat & Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite current Brewers player.

January 19 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2012 ticket plan.

January 20 – Timber Rattlers Experience. Be in uniform as a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Brewers Class A Affiliate during their 2012 game at Miller Park.

January 21Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2012 season.

January 22Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.

January 23Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Get a chance to go down Bernie’s slide, just like the Brewers mascot.

January 24 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2012 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.

January 25 –Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.

January 26 – Shadow a Brewers Beat Writer. Shadow brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy from pregame through the 9th inning for a 2012 home game.

January 27 – You in the Team Photo. You will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2012 Brewers roster and coaching staff.

January 28 – Private Party in the Clubhouse. Host a fully-catered party for you and 19 guests during the offseason in the Visitors’ Clubhouse at Miller Park.

January 29 – Signed & Framed Greinke/Gallardo 200 Ks Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed 200 strikeout commemorative print of Zack Greinke and Yovani Gallardo.

January 30 – Keeper of the Grounds. Be a groundskeeper for one game during the 2012 season.

January 31 – Miller Lite Beerpen Experience. Enjoy a 2012 home game in the Miller Lite Beerpen on a Friday night with 29 of your friends.

February 1 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and experience the best view of Miller Park.

February 2 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2012 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.

February 3 – Hitting Lesson with Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.

February 4 – Signed & Framed Braun MVP Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed commemorative MVP print of Ryan Braun

February 5$500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers, courtesy of DNC Sportservice.

February 6Press Pass. Enjoy pre-game dinner and take in three innings from the Brewers Press Box.  Enjoy the remainder of the game from Field Diamond Box seats.

February 7 – Manage the Mini Sausage Race. Win all five spots as Mini Racing Sausages in the Sunday relay race during the 6th inning of a 2012 home game, plus eight Field Level tickets to the game. 

February 8 – You in Control. Watch three innings of a 2012 home game from the Scoreboard Control Room and see firsthand how the scoreboard works.

February 9 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.

February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2012 Brewers starting rotation.

February 11 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.

February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2012 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.

February 13Game of Catch with a Brewers Reliever. Play catch with, and receive pitching insight from a Brewers relief pitcher.

 February 14 – Watch the Action with Bernie. Enjoy the life of Bernie Brewer and watch three innings of a 2012 Brewers home game with him in his dugout.

February 15 – Owner’s Box Seats at Wrigley. Sit in the Visiting Owner’s Box at Wrigley Field. Includes transportation and tickets for two on the Amtrak Hiawatha Service.

February 16 – Klement’s Sausage for a Year. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products.

February 17 – Club Suite with a Brewers Alum. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a 2012 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from a former Brewers player.

February 18 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2011 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the NYCE Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives. Take home an autographed baseball from each player and/or coach.

February 19 – View from the Bullpen. You and five friends will sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2012 home game.

February 20You in the Brewers Radio Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers radio booth during a 2012 home game.

February 21 – Signed Opening Day Baseballs. Take home a set of nine baseballs each autographed by a member of the Brewers starting lineup on Opening Day. 

February 22 – Signed and Framed NLDS Photo. Receive a signed photo of the celebration following the Brewers NLDS Game 5 win. 

February 23 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2013 season tickets.

February 24 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.

Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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There is No Offseason for…Miller Park Tours

Last Friday morning, I made my way over to the Press Box to speak to a group of students from a high school in Jackson, Wisconsin, a city about 30 miles away from Miller Park.

As part of an educational field trip, the students’ teacher had scheduled a tour of the ballpark and had requested to hear from someone on the topic of marketing for a Major League Baseball Club.

This type of request is actually more common than one might think, but really, it shouldn’t be a surprise, given the volume of tours that our good friends in Brewers Enterprises churn out.

In my last article, I briefly mentioned Cory Congemi, Coordinator of Helfaer Field and Miller Park Tours, but then, after a special e-mail request from a reader and my experience on Friday, I decided to dedicate another post specifically to Cory and the Tour Guide that day, Lou Montgomery.

Let’s start with Cory.

Cory is entering his fifth season with the Club. Having started out as an Intern/Helfaer Field Staff/Tour Guide, Cory is now in his second season in his current role with Brewers Enterprises.

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Cory Congemi, Coordinator of Helfaer Field and Miller Park Tours

Cory oversees a staff of about 15 Tour Guides and 15 Helfaer Field Staff.

Helfaer Field, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is the beautiful youth baseball and softball facility built in the shadow of the Brewers’ Major League home and on the exact site of old County Stadium.

Reservations for the field went on sale last Monday and that’s kept Cory busy.

“Roughly 70 percent of the reservations are for Little League teams. Then, we’ve got other events, like Corporate Outings,” Cory said.

The Brewers Front Office even reserves Helfaer Field every year for our staff Kickball Tournament.  

 


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Little Leaguers play a game at Helfaer Field.

For Little League games, the popular timeslots are in the evening, when the kids can play under the lights.

On Brewers game days, there is a tailgate timeslot, three hours prior to the Brewers game, which is when a lot of Corporate Events take place.

While the Miller Park Grounds Crew also takes care of Helfaer Field, Cory’s Helfaer Field Staff handles everything else. They are jacks-of-all-trades, from running the scoreboard and sound system to serving as Guest Relations Staff and Ushers.

Surprisingly, Tours are keeping Cory busy right now, too, even in January.

While Walk-Up Tours are only available during the season, Group Tours can be booked all year long, even in 30 degree weather, like it was on Friday morning, when I put on my coat and headed over to the Press Box.

Tour prices range from $5/person for educational groups to $10/adults, $6/for children and senior citizens for the Walk-Up Tours.

The tours typically last about 70 minutes and include the Dugout, Luxury Suites on the Club Level, Visiting Clubhouse, Press Box, the Home Radio Broadcast Booth and other behind-the-scenes attractions.

Cory’s Tour Guides gave tours to over 300 groups and thousands of people on walk-ups last year. 

“Something that’s really become popular is the specialized group tour,” Cory said.
 
There are three specialized group tours that run a little longer and will cost you a little extra–$15/person for regular groups, or $10/person for educational groups–but they are well worth it.

“There is the MVP Tour, which includes the Batting Cages, Media Interview Room and the Party Suites. Then there is the Technical Tour, which takes you into the Boiler Room, Chiller Room, Stadium Control Room and more. Finally, there is the Scavenger Hunt Tour, which had definitely been growing in popularity,” Cory explained. 

The Scavenger Hunt Tour is a great team-building activity. After a regular tour, the group is split into teams.  Each team gets a worksheet filled with questions, which, when answered correctly, gives the team a final hint, which leads them to their final destination, where they will receive a special surprise supplied by the Brewers.
 
Over the course of a year, I find myself speaking to many of the educational groups.

Cory confirmed that many of the groups request a speaker from someone in the organization.  When asked which departments were requested most often, Cory told me that groups often like to hear from Accounting and Human Resources but…

“You are definitely the most popular by far,” Cory said. 

“I’m quoting you on that,” I said, smiling. 

I know that by “you,” he really meant the Consumer Marketing Department as a whole, since I am not the only one in Marketing who gets recruited for these speaking engagements. 

It seems that lots of groups are interested in Consumer Marketing because what we do is so visible.  They want to know who is behind the advertisements they see on the digital billboards, in the newspaper, or online. They are interested in what a typical day is like in our department.

On Friday, this particular tour group was interested in not only what the Marketing Department does, but also in what it takes to get a job or internship with our organization.

Having started my career as an intern with the Brewers, this was something I could speak to personally. I told them that internships provide invaluable experience while one is still in school, helping students narrow down what they would like to do once they graduate, and just as importantly, internships can help them figure out what they don’t want to do as well.  I also stressed the importance of excellent communication skills in this and any field they were interested in pursuing.

I hope that I made a positive impression and that they enjoyed their tour of the ballpark. 

Even if I bored them, how could they not enjoy their tour with Lou Montgomery as their guide?

Like many of the folks I’ve spoken to for this series, Lou has been working at Miller Park for many years. The 2010 season will be Lou’s 24th season with the Club, but the difference with Lou is that he didn’t start working for the Brewers until he was 64 years old.

The year was 1987. Lou had recently retired from his career as an Industrial Engineer for GE.  He and his wife, Marian, were eating at a fast food restaurant one day when some younger people started harassing an older couple.

The man in the booth next to them could see the situation from where he was sitting and he got up, went over there, talked to them and got a hold of the manager.

When he returned to his seat, he said aloud to no one in particular, “I work at County Stadium and we don’t put up with stuff like that.”
 
Lou, who had been a baseball fan all his life, couldn’t help asking, “You work at County Stadium? What do you do there? “

The man replied, “I’m an Usher and we don’t put up with behavior like that.”

Lou and the man struck up a conversation.  The man mentioned that the Brewers would be hiring new people in a couple of weeks.

“Just go down there and tell them that Al, an Usher at the East Gate, recommended you,” the man told Lou.

The rest is history. 

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Lou Montgomery, Miller Park Usher and Tour Guide

Lou began working at County Stadium as an Usher on the Mezzanine Level and has loved every minute of it.

“One of my fondest memories was seeing Robin Yount get his 3000th hit,” Lou said. “It was an exciting time, too, when Paul Molitor had his hitting streak.” 

After working as an Usher for nearly 11 years, Lou took on an additional role as a Tour Guide at County Stadium.

Joyce Paulson, one of the other Ushers who is also a Tour Guide, knew that Lou and his wife were very involved with their church as Tour Hosts for trips to the Holy Land and Europe and she thought he’d be perfect for the job.

As Tour Hosts, Lou and his wife organized and recruited people for the educational trips. They made sure the travelers got to their destinations on time and kept everything on schedule.  

With that kind of experience, Lou easily qualified for the Tour Guide position at County Stadium. He gave tours there for three years and then transitioned over to Miller Park in his dual role as an Usher and Tour Guide.

“Here at Miller Park, everyone is interested in going into the Visitor’s Clubhouse and many of the fans are interested in the Press Box and Home Radio Broadcast Booth because Mr. Uecker is such a popular guy,” Lou said.

 

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Fans taking a Miller Park Tour will get to step inside the Home Radio Broadcast Booth.

Being a former Industrial Engineer, it is no surprise that one of Lou’s favorite things to talk about is the roof.

“The roof is the only one of its kind and many people are interested in hearing about that,” he said.

 

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Miller Park’s roof is a popular tour topic.

Lou turned 88 years old last Sunday, and at his age, one might expect him to have some cool stories about the Milwaukee Braves and their historic run here in the late ’50s. 

Lou never saw the Milwaukee Braves play, though, because he didn’t move to Milwaukee until 1966, the year after the Braves left Milwaukee.

Lou was born and raised in a small town called Tell City, Indiana, where he was a Sports Editor for the school paper and Student Manager for the football, baseball and basketball teams.

“I went out for football and baseball, but I weighed about 130 lbs. The coach said he was going to have to cut guys, but he would need some Student Managers. I thought about it overnight and figured I was going to be cut, so I volunteered to be a Student Manager,” Lou said, laughing at the memory.

Later, Lou also kept high school sports stats for a local radio station and got more involved with baseball when he co-managed a Little League team and even became the Business Manager of a semi-pro baseball team, the Tell City Grays of the I-K League.

“The I-K League stood for Indiana and Kentucky. It’s no longer in existence, but my job as Business Manager was to ask for donations for uniforms and equipment,” Lou said.

With no local Major League team to follow, Lou had grown up a Cubs fan in part because of the powerful WGN radio signal.

“My dad and his younger brother were Cubs fans, and we’d listen to the games as kids and I became a Cubs fan as well,” Lou said.

Even after Lou moved to Wisconsin and the Brewers franchise came to Milwaukee in 1970, he figured he could still be a Cubs fan in Milwaukee because the Brewers were in the American League.

“Then they did me a disservice, putting Milwaukee in the same league,” Lou joked, talking about the Brewers move to the National League in 1998.

“So you had to choose a loyalty…” I pressed.

“Oh, that wasn’t too difficult,” Lou laughed.

Although he was never a season ticket holder, Lou went to many games as a fan between 1970 and 1987, when he started working for the Club. He was even fortunate enough to have attended the 1982 playoffs and World Series.

Over those years, Lou fell in love with the team and that love only increased once he started his job at County Stadium.

Lou’s current Usher position at Miller Park is inside the Press Box, making sure everyone has the proper credentials. I asked him if, as such a big fan, it’s been difficult for him to adhere to the old adage, “No cheering in the Press Box,” especially during the 2008 Wild Card season.

“Sometimes you do have to restrain yourself a little bit,” Lou agreed.

Like all of us, Lou can’t wait for the baseball season to get underway. He’s ready to listen to the Spring Training Broadcasts and he’s looking forward to Opening Day and the official start of his 24th Season.

“I am very thankful to work for the Brewers. I never dreamed as a kid from a small town in Southern Indiana that I would be doing something like this,” Lou said.

I know both Cory and I are thankful for Lou and so are the many satisfied fans who have been fortunate enough to take one of his tours or interact with him in the concourses of Miller Park over the years.

 
-CAIT

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Is there someone you’d like to see profiled in this feature?  E-mail us at johnandcait@brewers.com.

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