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Fan Appreciation Night Hits the Miller Park Parking Lots

As part of tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.

Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many posed for selfies and shook hands with the fans:

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight's game.

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight’s game.

Will Smith, Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark decided to start a game of bags with some fans and they even enjoyed some cookies from the group.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

Matt Clark Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark pose for a photo with a fan in the parking lot.

The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts.  It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.

Were you in the parking lots tonight?  Share your story with us in the comments section below!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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

 

Time to Take Your Tailgate Up a Notch with Brewers Tailgate Games

The weather is finally turning nice and warm and it seems like (I hope, at least)  summer is here to stay for awhile.

So why not consider ramping up your tailgate with our Homestand Highlight from the Brewers Team Store by Majestic?

Homestand 8 - The Ultimate Tailgate

Brewers Tailgate Games. Choose from Baseball Toss, Washer Toss or Ladderball. They are Brewers-branded, easy to assemble and fun for all ages.

Want a chance to show off your skills?

If you’re here for a Sunday game, be sure to stop by the Brewers Merchandise Trailers located near the Sausage Haus or Helfaer Field for a chance to compete in the Tailgate Games Challenge (bean bag toss and baseball toss)! Winners will receive $10 in “Bernie Bucks” which can be used toward merchandise in the Team Stores at Miller Park! And, if you don’t win, you still walk away happy because you’ll get a voucher to redeem at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner for a personalized key chain.

Brewers tailgate essentials are also available online at the brewers.com shop.  In addition, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to tailgating–visit it to keep up with the latest tailgate gear, checklists, tip and more.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Fan Appreciation Night Hits the Miller Park Parking Lots

As part of last night’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts through the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.

All the players, that is, except for Norichika Aoki, who decided he wanted to drive. He hopped in the driver’s seat of one of the carts and took off!

Every Brewers player and coach handed out bobbleheads, t-shirts and other Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lot to show appreciation for their support.

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Jean Segura even got in the act by flipping a burger on the grill at a tailgate and Tom Gorzelanny snuck a cookie from a group (both the burgers and the cookies looked and smelled great!).

The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts.  It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when the saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.

Were you in the parking lot yesterday?  Share your story with us in the comments section below!

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Adam Richman’s Miller Park Episode of Fandemonium Set to Air Sunday

If you recall, back in July, the Travel Channel made a visit to Miller Park to tape Adam Richman’s new show, Fandemonium.

If you haven’t seen the show, in each episode Adam immerses himself into an event that has a legendary base of obsessed, passionate superfans, from the Daytona 500 to the Kentucky Derby to Trucks Gone Wild. Along the way, he meets veteran attendees, known for their years of dedication and commitment to what they love. He samples their fantastic food, enjoys the homemade gadgets that makes each setup unique, and learns their insider secrets to what makes each of these events so legendary and worthy of wild celebration. To cap off each event, Adam takes everything he’s uncovered on his journey to give back to the fans with something they’ve never seen before: a new culinary creation inspired by the event and an amazing party that celebrates the superfans he’s visiting.

MB-13-Fandemonium-Social-airtimeWhen he visited us, Adam (along with special guest former Brewers outfielder and current MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton) was on a mission to find our craziest super fans, culinary creations and cultural experiences (read: tailgating) that help put Miller Park on the map.

We think he got more than he bargained for. The Miller Park episode of Fandemonium (called “Brewers, Brats and Beer”) is set to premiere this Sunday on the Travel Channel at 8pm CT.

Here’s a sneak peek:

After you watch the show, make sure you come back and share your comments with us!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

PS: As a reminder, with Sunday’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game time change to 7:05pm CT, Brewers fans may want to remember to set their DVRs!

Time to Take Your Tailgate Up a Notch

With the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman set to visit Miller Park this weekend to film Brewers fans and their tailgates for the new show Fandemonium, now is the perfect time to reflect on your tailgating habits.

With tailgating so ingrained in us as Wisconsinites, it is easy to fall into a routine: BYOB, Tony’s bringing the grill, Kristen is bringing the tent, Nikki is making her famous pasta salad… maybe you’ve got a game of bags and/or a special playlist. While you definitely don’t need to fix what isn’t broken, like anything in life there is probably still some room for improvement.

So, to help you out, we’ve got a handy Tailgate Checklist:

Brewers Ultimate Tailgate Checklist

plus, some Tailgating Tips:

Brewers Ultimate Tailgate Tips

(Note: Follow us on Pinterest for more of this type of fun & useful info!)

Did we forget any essentials? Got a special tip of your own? Post them in the comments below or email them to JohnandCait@brewers.com. We’ll compile some of the best ones here on the blog.

And finally, consider spicing up your tailgate with our Homestand Highlight from the Brewers Team Store by Majestic: Brewers Tailgate Games. Choose from Baseball Toss, Washer Toss or Ladderball ($80 each). They are Brewers-branded, easy to assemble and fun for all ages. Want a chance to show off your skills? If you’re here for a Sunday game, be sure to stop by the Brewers Merchandise Trailers located near the Sausage Haus or Helfaer Field for a chance to compete in tailgate games and win “Bernie Bucks” which can be used toward merchandise in the Team Stores at Miller Park!

Tailgate Games

Brewers tailgate essentials are also available online at the brewers.com shop.  In addition, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to tailgating–visit it to keep up with the latest tailgate gear, checklists, tip and more.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Calling All Tailgaters! Adam Richman’s Fandemonium Set for July Miller Park Visit

The Travel Channel will make a July visit to Miller Park to tape Adam Richman’s new show, Fandemonium.  The show will seek Brewers “superfans” in the parking lot prior to the July 19 – 21 Brewers vs. Marlins series to capture some of the tailgating traditions that make Miller Park famous.

Representatives from the Travel Channel will be at Miller Park scouring the parking lots for mouthwatering food, unique tailgate setups and one-of-a-kind traditions.  Brewers fans can visit Brewers.com/fandemonium today to submit a form that will be reviewed by Travel Channel representatives.  The form asks fans to highlight noteworthy, interesting and unique tailgating plans.  Submitting an online form does not guarantee an appearance on the show, but allows fans an opportunity to express their interest in being considered for the show.

Brewers Fandemonium

Actor Adam Richman has hosted Man v. Food, Amazing Eats, Best Thing I Ever Ate and has appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.

For more information, visit Brewers.com/fandemonium.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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:

Weather for Kenny Chesney Concert

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

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