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Cait’s A to Z Guide to Next Week’s Chivas vs. Swansea City A.F.C. Soccer Match at Miller Park

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The World Cup may be wrapping up this weekend, but that doesn’t mean your Futbol Fever has to come to an end.

We’re looking forward to an exciting evening of soccer (including a Futbol Fiesta!–see below) in Milwaukee next Wednesday night as Chivas and Swansea City A.F.C. take part in the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park. 

7/15 UPDATE:   In preparation for tomorrow’s soccer match, Chivas will practice at Miller Park tonight at 6 p.m.  The practice is open to the public.  Parking is available in Brewers Lot 2 near Friday’s Front Row. Tonight’s practice and parking are both free of charge.

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of "pitch."

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of “pitch.”

Chivas, one of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, has captured 11 first division titles in and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include former Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo, Aldo DeNigris and Rafael Márquez Lugo.

Swansea City A.F.C., English Premier League side who were previous winners of the 2013 League Cup, will count on their biggest stars to lead the way, including midfielder Pablo Hernandez, forward Michu and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

(If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you can still do at brewers.com/soccer.)

As I’ve done with the concerts here in the past, I’ve compiled an A to Z Guide with everything you need to know about next week’s match.

CAIT’S A to Z GUIDE TO THE SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK

CAMERAS

You may bring your compact, still photography camera. Want to share your photos with us? Use #MillerParkSoccer on Twitter and Instagram and I may feature my favorites on the blog!

CARRY-IN POLICY

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
  • Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans).
  • Soda, water or juice must be contained in factory-sealed plastic bottles
  • Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller
  • Food items in appropriate containers

All permitted items will be inspected at the gates prior to entry.

Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:

  • Drum Sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
  • Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
  • Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
  • Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
  • Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
  • Flags/Signs larger than 3” x 4”
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

For additional information on Miller Park policies, please check out the Miller Park A to Z guide here.

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage. One special item that will be offered during Wednesday’s match are Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Poblanos (with cheese, chorizo, and cilantro lime rice). You can find them at the Double Clutch stand outside of Section 215 on the Loge Level for $10.25.

FUTBOL FIESTA

Come early and enjoy Futbol Fiesta! Futbol Fiesta is a free interactive fan zone with sponsor booths, games, giveaways, music and more.  Stop by the 3rd Base Plaza at Miller Park from 4:30-7:30 PM on your way to your seats to join in on the fun.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 PM. The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM.

MERCHANDISE

Select Chivas and Swansea merchandise/souvenirs will be available in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, including some gear unique to Milwaukee/Miller Park, such as this t-shirt:

Hank Soccer Tee

PARKING

Parking Lots will open at 4:30 PM, coinciding with the start of Futbol Fiesta.

Parking is available to purchase in advance at the Miller Park Ticket Office. Advanced Parking rate is $20, $25 on day of the event. Parking is not available for purchase online or via phone within 7 days of the event.

Tailgating is permitted in all parking lots. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.

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

This event is RAIN OR SHINE, thanks to the Miller Park roof! The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. For information about the status of the roof, check out the Roof Hotline.

ROSTERS

The roster for Chivas includes Mexican national team defender Carlos Salcido, who recently participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A complete roster for both teams is included below:

CHIVAS ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Antonio Rodríguez, Luis Ernesto Michel

DEFENDERS: Kristián Álvarez, Omar Esparza, Jair Pereira, Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Nestor Vidrio

MIDFIELDERS:Patricio Araujo, Fernando Arce, Israel Castro, Jorge Enríquez, Giovani Hernández, Sergio Nápoles, Ángel Reyna, Jesús Sánchez, Edgar Solís, David Toledo

FORWARDS: Omar Bravo, Aldo de Nigris, Carlos Fierro, Alberto García

HEAD COACH: Carlos Bustos

 

SWANSEA CITY ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: David Cornell, Lukasz Fabianski, Gerhard Tremmel

DEFENDERS: Jordi Amat, Kyle Bartley, Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Stephen Kingsley, Angel Rangel, Jazz Richards, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Ashley Williams – Defender (captain)

MIDFIELDERS: Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton , Adam King , Wayne Routledge, Josh Sheehan, Jonjo Shelvey

FORWARDS: Alex Bray, Rory Donnelly, Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis

HEAD COACH: Garry Monk

SHUTTLES

I’ve received many questions re: shuttle service from local establishments. Since this is not a normal Brewers game, you should check with each place individually to see what service, if any, they are offering for Wednesday’s event.

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 4;30 pm and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 pm and the match is scheduled to start at 8 PM. Also, you won’t want to miss out on Futbol Fiesta,  a free interactive fan zone open from 4:30-7:30 PM.

TICKETS

Tickets are selling fast, but are still available for sale. Tickets can be purchased online at brewers.com/soccer, by calling the Miller Park Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office windows. If you need accessible seating, please contact the ticket office in advance.

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

TRAFFIC

Heavy traffic and congestion is anticipated leading into the stadium area. City streets and highways are expected to be heavily congested near the stadium between pregame and following the match. To find out the best transportation to and from the stadium please visit the Miller Park A to Z guide and scroll to Directions to Miller Park.

WILL CALL

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

 

Thank you again for your support of international soccer in Milwaukee and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA AND SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY

“Futbol Fever” is spreading across the globe as the World Cup matches heat up; and this year, support is especially fervent in America as the U.S. Men’s National Team advances to the knockout stage.

We’re very excited to cheer on USMNT again next week, and with that, we’re especially excited that, this year of all years, we’ll be hosting the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park, giving fans a chance to watch the sport, at one of its highest levels, in person.

On Wednesday July 16, we’ll host popular Mexican soccer club C.D. Guadalajara, affectionately known throughout the world as Chivas, and Swansea City A.F.C of the English Premier League. Presented by Miller Lite, the event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico

One of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, Chivas has captured 11 First Division titles in Liga MX and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include Omar Bravo, Jesus Aldo DeNigris and Rafa Marquez Lugo. The team is managed by Carlos Bustos.

Established in 1912, Swansea City became the first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League after earning promotion in 2011. In 2013 they won the Football League Cup Final, which earned them a spot in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League. Swansea finished in 12th place in the EPL in the 2013-14 season and is led by Manager Garry Monk.

To preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today with Chivas, who was represented by World Cup legend and current Chivas Sporting Director Juan Francisco “Paco” Palencia. From the Brewers end, Paco was joined by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Vice President – Brewers Enterprises Jason Hartlund and Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

“We’re very excited to talk about this great match, with what’s going on in the World Cup and the excitement in the United States. Since the U.S. has advanced to the round of 16, I think the level of interest in soccer locally and nationally is probably the highest it’s ever been,” said Rick Schlesinger.

Jason Hartlund noted that his group, Brewers Enterprises, which is responsible for non-game day events at the ballpark, has been trying to secure a match of this nature for the past two years. Finally, this year, the baseball schedule coincided with that of Chivas’ tour.

“Whether it’s an international soccer match, or concerts, or a religious convention, which we had last weekend, Miller Park is clearly more than just baseball, so we are always looking to have new and exciting events,” Jason said.

Paco, who Rick referred to analogously as either the Robin Yount or the Paul Molitor of Mexican soccer, spoke next. “We are very excited to come here and play the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park,” he said.

“We have to thank all the fans who are supporting the event…we take (the match) very seriously because it is a huge event for us.”

Paco mentioned that when he was a child, he was a baseball fan and had started to play the sport along with soccer; however, he decided to continue on with soccer.

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who is from Mexico, had the opposite experience. Like Paco, he grew up a fan of both sports and had played them both through high school, when he had to decision. Fortunately for Brewers fans, he chose baseball, but he still follows soccer closely.

“It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Hopefully we have the support from everyone in Milwaukee and show both of these teams the love that everyone has for soccer here in Milwaukee…. It takes a lot of talent for those guys to go out there and run for 90 minutes and do what they do with the soccer ball. I have a lot of respect for those guys and it is going to be an exciting game,” he said.

“I enjoy watching games, especially an event like this whenever i have the opportunity to be there live, and watch a game….If I’m able to do it, I’ll be there,” Yovani said.

The Brewers presented Paco was with his own jersey and in turn, Rick, Jason and Yovani received Chivas jerseys as well.

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!  Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco will also throw out the honorary first pitch later that evening when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

“I’ve never been in a professional stadium before,” Paco said. “Maybe Yovani can warm be up a little before the game.”

Following the conference, Paco and Yovani went out onto the field, or pitch, depending on how you look at it, to have a little fun and Yovani and Paco did get to toss both a baseball and a soccer ball around together:

Paco tries his hand at baseball.... Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco tries his hand at baseball….
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Yovani tries his foot at soccer. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

…And Yovani tries his foot at soccer.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Tickets are still available for this unique event, which is less than three weeks away. Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Tickets are available online at brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, and by phone at (414) 902-4000.

The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base (see below). The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

Soccer Seating Miller Park

You can watch scenes from the press conference here:

8pm CT Update: Check out Paco’s pitch here:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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