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Group Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Group ticket packages will go on sale to the general public for all home dates (except Opening Day) beginning tomorrow, Thursday, February 12 at 9 a.m.  Group orders of 25 or more have prices starting as low as $9 per person for designated dates and can be ordered by calling the group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777).

Groups at Miller Park enjoy the advantage of locking in their seating locations before individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 28. Some of the benefits for group outings at Miller Park include name recognition on the Miller Park scoreboard, block seating in a preferred location, no per ticket handling fees and two Group Leader tickets to a future game.

The 2015 schedule features high-profile opponents making appearances at Miller Park such as the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.  Monday through Friday and select weekend games offer many ways to save on group tickets with prices starting at $9.  The earlier a group purchases tickets, the more they save.

Prices for All-Inclusive Areas range from $39-$112 per person.  These areas include the Miller Lite Deck, located just above the right field bleachers; the ATI Club, located on the field level giving you a player’s view of the action; the Gehl Club, which was named one of the top five luxury areas in all of baseball by Forbes Travel Guide; and the Dew Deck, featuring a 25-foot high climbing wall.  In addition, for those fans looking to sample the All-Inclusive Areas they can now purchase the AIA Tour Package.  For $299 fans will receive one game in each of the five All-Inclusive Areas for select dates. More details can be found at brewers.com/allin.

Also available are 20-person and 30-person Party Suites for single game rental, which offer open-air seating, a private lounge that features a wet bar and in-house flat panel HD televisions, as well as complete food and beverage service from DNC Sportservice.

Key large group days for 2015 are Weather Day (April 23 vs. Cincinnati), Little League Night (June 16 vs. Kansas City), Boy Scout Night (August 3 vs. San Diego), Girl Scout Night (July 31 vs. Chicago-NL) and American Legion Day (August 9 vs. St. Louis).

Groups can make a purchase by calling the Brewers group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/groups, beginning at 9 a.m. this Thursday, February 12.

 

Announcing the Full Brewers 2015 Promotional Schedule

Today we announced the full promotional schedule for the 2015 season. The new Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite and a record setting 20 All-Fan Giveaways highlight the jam-packed schedule, making Miller Park the place to be throughout the spring and summer of 2015.

We have scheduled 10 Bobbleheads, two gnomes, and one “Fan Vote” item over the course of the season among the All Fan Giveaways.  In addition, all fans will receive a unique Brewers T-shirt at every Friday home game during the months of June, July and August.  The T-shirt designs were chosen as part of an online vote and were revealed on stage at Brewers On Deck.  Additional information about this year’s All-Fan Giveaways is available at Brewers.com/allfans.

2015 All-Fan Giveaway Dates at Miller Park
Giveaway Date Opponent Sponsor
Rob Deer Bobblehead April 12 Pittsburgh Pirates Toyota
Wily Peralta Bobblehead April 26 St. Louis Cardinals U.S. Cellular®
Mother’s Day BobbleHank May 10 Chicago Cubs Pick ‘n Save
Bud Selig Bobblehead May 31 Arizona Diamondbacks IBS Dynaman
Ball & Glove Logo T-Shirt June 12 Washington Nationals Hupy and Abraham
Carlos Gomez 2014 All-Star Bobblehead June 14 Washington Nationals Pepsi
Luuuuuc (Lucroy) T-Shirt June 26 Minnesota Twins Kwik Trip
Paul Molitor Bobblehead June 28 Minnesota Twins Klement’s Sausage
Roll Out the Barrel T-Shirt July 17 Pittsburgh Pirates American Family Insurance
Khris Davis Bobblehead July 19 Pittsburgh Pirates Wisconsin National Guard
Brewers Baseball T-Shirt July 31 Chicago Cubs Xperience Fitness
Matt Garza Gnome August 2 Chicago Cubs Associated Bank
1970’s M Logo T-Shirt August 7 St. Louis Cardinals ORBIS Corporation
Bob Uecker Last Row Statue Bobblehead August 9 St. Louis Cardinals Palermo’s Pizza
Ball & Glove Logo in Wisconsin T-Shirt August 14 Philadelphia Phillies Master Printwear
Jonathan Lucroy Doubles Bobblehead August 16 Philadelphia Phillies Kwik Trip
Milwaukee Brewers Retro T-Shirt August 28 Cincinnati Reds Arise Health Plan
Vintage Brewer Bobblehead August 30 Cincinnati Reds
Scooter Gennett Gnome September 20 Cincinnati Reds
Fan Vote Item October 4 Chicago Cubs

 

Other promotional highlights include the following:

On Opening Day – Monday, April 6 vs. the Colorado Rockies – all fans in attendance will receive a Brewers magnetic schedule.

Spring Madness 414 returns to Miller Park on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, when the team takes on the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series.  For this one special weekend, fans can not only save 50% on designated tickets, the team will also honor Milwaukee’s area code with some of the most popular concession items priced at $1 and $4 for the second consecutive year.

The 7th Annual Weather Day at Miller Park will take place on Thursday, April 23.  On this day, the Brewers team up with Discovery World, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Ready Wisconsin and Storm Team 4 meteorologists from TMJ4 for a day of learning, baseball and fun. Students will enjoy a special lesson about the science of weather from the Storm Team 4 Meteorologists, complete with a visit from Bernie Brewer™ and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages – all before watching the Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds at 12:40 p.m.

The 5-County, 5-Day Celebration will take place from May 4-8. To say thank you to the best fans in baseball, the Brewers are offering residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties 50% off select Brewers tickets to games versus the Dodgers and Cubs.

The first 10,000 fans 21 and older in attendance of the Brewers May 9 game against the Chicago Cubs will receive a Brewers Fan Flag courtesy of Miller Lite.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day with the Brewers when the team hosts the Chicago Cubs in the series finale on Sunday, May 10.  All fans in attendance will receive a Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” Bobblehead courtesy of Pick ‘n Save.

Joe Nichols kicks off the inaugural Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite with a show that will rock the stadium after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 29.  For over 15 years, Grammy-nominated artist Nichols has been one of country music’s brightest stars. Come join the fun as Nichols performs hits from his eight studio albums that include singles Brokenheartsville, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off and Gimmie That Girl.

The Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite continues when rockers O.A.R. take the stage after the Brewers game against the Washington Nationals on June 13.  The platinum-selling band recently released their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, which features some of the band’s most diverse, intricate songs to date, including the smash-hit Peace. They are best known for their hit singles Hey Girl, Love and Memories, Crazy Game of Poker and Shattered (Turn the Car Around).

The Brewers will honor former player and long-time broadcaster Bill Schroeder when they induct him into the team’s Wall of Honor in a pre-game ceremony before the contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, July 17. Schroeder becomes the 59th member of the “Wall of Honor,” the permanent display that honors Brewers legends located outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium.

The 17th Annual Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing SausagesTM Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, starting at 8 a.m. at the Klement’s Sausage Haus at Miller Park.  All proceeds of the Run/Walk will support the programs of Brewers Community Foundation.  For the registration fee, participants receive a  commemorative T-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of 10 Brewers 2015 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

On Saturday, July 18, the Brewers will honor African-American heritage in baseball as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in their annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.

The team will celebrate Latin American culture with their annual Cerveceros Day, which is set for Saturday, August 8 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fans in attendance of the August 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies will see the final event of the Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite. Buffalo, New York natives the Goo Goo Dolls will play after the game and perform songs from their 20 plus year catalog, including hits such as Iris, Name, Slide, Black Balloon, Here Is Gone, Stay With You, Let Love In and Better Days.

Global superstars One Direction will take their highly anticipated On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour to Miller Park on August 25. With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. The band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, and the record Four is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sold out, Where We Are, stadium tour and the 3D film documentary, This Is Us.  For tickets or more information visit Brewers.com/onedirection.

The fourth annual Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s is set for Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Registration is available online at brewersmini.com. All participants receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

In addition, several fan favorite season-long promotions will return in 2015. Once again, Autograph Saturdays for Kids presented by U.S. Bank® return to the home of the Brewers. Prior to five Saturday Brewers home games during the 2015 season (April 11, May 9, June 13, July 18 and August 1), fans 14 and under can receive autographs from select Brewers players and coaches.

The Brewers are excited once again to continue Kids and Senior Citizens Discount Days. Every weekday afternoon home game (excluding Opening Day, Bernie’s Terrace, Uecker Seats and All-Inclusive Areas) kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save up to 50% on tickets.

Every Monday home game, fans can participate in Miller High Life Mondays.  Terrace Reserved tickets are just $9, courtesy of Miller High Life.

Every Friday home game the Brewers will celebrate Student Nights. High school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. Student Night ticket buyers will also be able to purchase specially priced items at certain concession stands starting when Miller Park gates open up to first pitch. Items include hot dogs, 12oz soda and beer as well as nachos – all available for only $3. For additional details, visit brewers.com/students. Loge Bleachers tickets not available for Cubs games.

Every Friday home game at Miller Park this season will be Retro Friday. The team will don Brewers home throwbacks, featuring the Ball and Glove logo which was worn regularly by the team from 1978-1993.

Kids will once again be able to get the thrill of being in the game when the Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run returns after Sunday home games for kids 16 and under.

Beginning on May 10th, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Family Sundays at Helfaer Field returns. Prior to each Sunday game, Helfaer Field opens for fans to play catch in the outfield and take pictures with Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages™. In addition, Children’s Hospital offers fun opportunities to learn about injury prevention, sports safety, heart health and more.

Youth players will want to be in attendance for the popular Little League Night on Tuesday, June 16 as the Brewers take on the Kansas City Royals.  All Little Leaguers in uniform (registered in advance through local youth leagues) will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony.  Other popular dates at Miller Park include Boy Scout Night (August 3 vs. San Diego), Girl Scout Night (July 31 vs. Chicago-NL) and American Legion Day (August 9 vs. St. Louis).

More information on our promotions can be found here and here.

Single game tickers go on sale on Saturday, February 28 at the Brewers Arctic Tailgate!

Join Us at Miller Park for the 6th Annual Weather Day!

On Wednesday, April 2, we’re turning Miller Park into Wisconsin’s largest classroom–again!

It’s the 6th annual Weather Day and students and teachers agree, Miller Park is the perfect atmosphere for a field trip!

Once again, the Brewers are teaming up with TODAY’S TMJ4 to create an exciting event that will give students an educational and fun-filled day at the ballpark.

Students will enjoy a special lesson on the science of weather from the Storm Team 4 Meteorologists and take part in an interactive Science Fair featuring Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Museum, Mitchell Park Domes, STEP Program presented by Ready Wisconsin, and TODAY’S TMJ4—all before settling in to watch the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves.

Plus, exclusively for Weather Day attendees, hot dogs and small sodas are only $1 with the Weather Day concession voucher. With so many fun activities and a variety of affordable pricing options starting at just $9, Weather Day is sure to blow you away!

Click below to see some highlights from our previous Weather Day events, then visit brewers.com/weatherday to secure your tickets!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

2014 Brewers Promotional Schedule Released

Today, we announced the promotional schedule for the 2014 season. 

As you already know, this schedule is highlighted by the #Brewers14in14, 14 All-Fan Giveaways planned for the 2014 season, including eight bobbleheads and six T-shirt Fridays.  Additional information about this year’s All-Fan Giveaways is available at brewers.com/allfans.

In addition to the #Brewers14in14, we’ve got more in store for you, starting on Opening Day – Monday, March 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves – when all fans in attendance will receive a Brewers magnetic schedule.  The 6th Annual Weather Day at Miller Park will take place during the first homestand of the season on Wednesday, April 2.  On this day, the Brewers team up with Discovery World, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Ready Wisconsin and Storm Team 4 meteorologists from TMJ4 for a day of learning, baseball and fun.

The “5-County, 5-Day Celebration” will take place from April 11-15. During this time, all residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties can purchase select tickets at a 50% savings (excluding the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats).  More great bargains are in store when the Brewers host “Spring Madness” from May 13-15, with savings of 50% on select tickets (excluding All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats).  For these three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, small Pepsi products and Klement’s hot dogs will be just $1 each.

Youth players will want to be in attendance for the popular Little League Night on Monday, June 23 as the Brewers open a series against the Washington Nationals.  All Little Leaguers in uniform (registered in advance through local youth leagues) will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony.  Other popular dates at Miller Park include Boy Scout Night (July 21 vs. Cincinnati), Girl Scout Night (July 25 vs. New York-NL) and American Legion Day (August 10 vs. Los Angeles-NL).

The 16th Annual Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing SausagesTMRun/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, starting at 8 a.m. at the Klement’s Sausage Haus at Miller Park.  All proceeds of the Run/Walk will support the programs of Brewers Community Foundation.  For the $30 registration fee, participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2014 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older.  The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

Retro Fridays will again be designated for the first home Friday game of every month.  They include: April 11 vs. Pittsburgh, May 9 vs. New York-AL, June 13 vs. Cincinnati, July 11 vs. St. Louis, August 8 vs. Los Angeles-NL and September 5 vs. St. Louis.  Autograph Saturdays for Kids presented by U.S. Bank®, which is designated for kids 14 and under, will return on select Saturdays throughout the season.  These dates include: April 12 vs. Pittsburgh, May 10 vs. New York-AL, June 14 vs. Cincinnati, July 12 vs. St. Louis and August 9 vs. Los Angeles-NL.  Prior to these games, select Brewers players and coaches will sign autographs.

In addition, the Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run will take place after Sunday home games for kids 16 and under.  Seniors will get their turn to round the bases following afternoon games on May 7 vs. Arizona, June 25 vs. Washington and July 23 vs. Cincinnati.

The annual Cerveceros Day is set for Sunday, August 10 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Additional popular promotional items throughout the season include the “Plant a Tree” program on May 7, in which 7,000 fans receive a tree seedling, compliments of the Wisconsin DNR; a MillerCoors Brewers pennant on July 12; Potawatomi Brewers umbrella on August 23, and much more.  Fan Appreciation Night will take place on Saturday, September 27.

So, mark your calendars, plot out your games and don’t forget that Brewers individual tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 1 at 9am!

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Group Tickets On Sale Wednesday

Calling all company outings, church groups, civic organizations, non-profits, school & youth groups, family reunions, birthday parties, bachelor parties and more: It is time to get your gang together and plan your Brewers outings for 2014!

The Milwaukee Brewers Group Sales Department will begin to sell group ticket packages to the general public for all home dates (except Opening Day) beginning this Wednesday at 9 a.m.  Group orders of 25 or more tickets have prices starting as low as $5 per person for designated dates and can be ordered by calling the group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777).

Groups at Miller Park enjoy the advantage of locking in their seating locations before individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 1. Some of the benefits for group outings at Miller Park include name recognition on the Miller Park scoreboard, block seating in a preferred location, no per ticket handling fees and up to four tickets to a future game for the group leader.

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The 2014 schedule features high-profile opponents making weekend appearances at Miller Park such as the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Cardinals.  Monday through Thursday games offer many ways to save on group tickets with prices starting at $5 for select gamesThe earlier a group purchases tickets, the more they save.

Prices for All-Inclusive Areas range from $48-$112 per person.  These areas include the Miller Lite Party Deck, located just above the right field bleachers; the ATI Club and the Harley-Davidson Deck, both areas featuring new menus; the Gehl Club, named one of the Top 5 luxury areas in all of baseball by Forbes Travel Guide; and the Dew Deck, featuring a 25-foot high climbing wall.

Also available are 20-person and 30-person Party Suites available for single game rental, which offer open-air seating, a private lounge that features a wet bar and in-house flat panel HD televisions, as well as complete food and beverage service from DNC Sportservice.

Plus, mark your calendars for our key large group days for 2014, such as Weather Day (April 2 vs. Atlanta), Little League Night (June 23 vs. Washington), Boy Scout Night (July 21 vs. Cincinnati), Girl Scout Night (July 25 vs. New York-NL) and American Legion Day (August 10 vs. Los Angeles-NL).

Groups can make a purchase by calling the Brewers group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/groups, beginning at 9 a.m. this Wednesday.

- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Happy 99th Birthday to Earl Henry!

Working in marketing,  I often get asked what our target demographic is…. but that’s not really an easy question because people of all ages truly love baseball and the reasons why fans come out to Miller Park (beyond the team on the field, of course) are endless (think: field trips, birthday celebrations, family reunions, company outings, client meetings, etc.).

Take today for example, I went from watching our annual Weather Day event where we hosted thousands of children for a pregame meteorology lesson from the TMJ4 Storm Team 4 meteorologists to sitting down with Earl Henry, a delightful gentleman who was here to celebrate his 99th birthday.

Earl’s granddaughter, Jill Finlayson, had contacted me earlier this month and told me about all of the things she was doing to make Earl’s 99th birthday a special one.  Since he’s a Milwaukee native and a lifelong Brewers fan, bringing Earl out to Miller Park was right at the top of her list. Jill also made sure Earl arrived in style, in a GoRiteway limo.

Earl and his granddaughter, Jill, attended the Brewers vs. Giants game on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to celebrate Earl's 99th birthday.

Earl and his granddaughter, Jill, attended the Brewers vs. Giants game on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to celebrate Earl’s 99th birthday.

Earl’s actual birthday was last Thursday, April 11 (which just happens to be the same birthdate as my dad), but today was the best day for them to come out and take in a game on this homestand.

Little did they know just how fitting it actually was.

You see, Earl’s career was dedicated to education and what better day for him to choose to come out (unbeknownst to him) than Weather Day, one of our biggest educational events.

Earl earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC). In 1937, he taught at Milwaukee’s Garden Homes School and later, the Boys’ Technical High School (another odd coincidence–so did my own grandfather. I wasn’t able to find out if they had crossed paths, but there was a good chance they may have.) before becoming vice-principal at Thirty-seventh Street School in 1947.

In 1954, Earl received his first principalship at Eugene Field School; in 1959, he became principal of Franklin School on the north side; and in 1967, he became the first principal of Stuart School, where he continued for 12 years until his retirement in 1979.

Earl’s wife Kay was also a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee for her career and together, they created the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund at UW-Milwaukee. Now in it’s 10th year, the scholarship aims to benefit undergraduate students enrolled in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education who plan to become elementary school teachers or school administrators, preferably in the Milwaukee Public School System.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Earl, who talked about his career and former students. He also reminisced about not only his days following the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers at County Stadium, but going back to the Borchert Field days of the minor league American Association Brewers, when he was a good friend of announcer Russ Winnie.

The American Association Milwaukee Brewers played for 50 years, from 1902-1952; they won their first American Association championship in 1913 and repeated the next year. All told the American Association Brewers won eight pennants in their fifty-one seasons.

This year, we’re honoring the 100th anniversary American Association Brewers on May 5. [Click for a photo of the Corey Hart bobblehead.]

For perspective, Earl just missed being born for that first championship, but he was there for their second, although he was just a baby.

It’s amazing to think about and what’s even more amazing is that Earl is still as spry as ever. He needs no help getting to his seat, his memory is sharp as a whip and boy, is he funny!

“I read in the paper that one of the Sausages was stolen,” Earl told me.

“Yes,” I confirmed. “We are glad he’s back.”

“I suppose that’s not the wurst thing that could happen,” Earl said, as he started to chuckle.

Cait had the pleasure of meeting Earl during the game.

Cait had the pleasure of meeting Earl during the game.

Yes, a wonderful family, a love of baseball and a great sense of humor–things that will get you far in life.

We wish Earl a very happy 99th birthday–and many more. We’re glad he could come out to celebrate with us today, where he could feel at home, especially surrounded by all of the teachers and children.

Cheers!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

If you would like to donate to the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund, please click here. You can also join in wishing Earl a Happy 99th Birthday on the UW-Milwaukee School of Education’s Facebook Page.

Brewers Group Sales: Giving Your Event a Little Zing, Boom, Tararrel!

Birthdays. Retirements. Bachelor/bachelorette parties.  Company outings.  Family reunions. Youth organizations, day camp and school field trips.  Sorority/fraternity outings.  Team celebrations.  Church group outings. Club gatherings.

Whatever the occasion, Miller Park is the perfect place for your group outing and Brewers Director of Group Sales, Chris Barlow, and his staff are there to ensure that all of the details are handled. Your group just has to show up, enjoy the game and have fun!

Far Right: Chris Barlow, Director of Group Sales, with the Today's TMJ Storm Team 4 Meteorologists on Weather Day, 2009.

 

As a Wisconsin native who grew up in Oconomowoc and Wauwatosa, Chris has always been a Brewers fan.

“When I was a little kid, if you had told me that when I was a grownup, I would be working for the Brewers for a really good chunk of my life, I would have said I will take it, I wouldn’t have even asked how much it paid,” Chris said.

In fact, Chris remembers his first Brewers game in 1972 when the Crew faced the Red Sox with Luis Tiant on the mound, and his first time at Opening Day in 1980 when Chris’ favorite player at the time, Sixto Lezcano, hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth to win the game.

Those cherished times spent at County Stadium made Chris realize that he wanted to work in sports in some capacity. A UW-Eau Claire graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism, Chris spent his college years working at WKOW in La Crosse, producing a nightly sports cable TV show, writing for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram and the Spectator.

After graduation and a brief stint working as a reporter for Community Newspapers, Chris took a job with the Brewers as a Telephone Sales Representative (TSR).

Then, when Chris’ boss at the time left to take a position in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, he brought Chris along with him. There, Chris was responsible for helping create a sales force.  While Chris enjoyed his time with the Sabres, he still felt that pull to return to his hometown team.

“When they put the shovel in the ground for Miller Park, I called [now VP-Consumer Marketing] Jim Bathey and said,’ Jim I want to come home!”

Jim offered Chris a job and he came back to the Crew in 1997. He’s been working here ever since.

“My original thought, way back when  I was a TSR, was that I would get my foot in the door and then move into broadcasting or media relations, but all these years later, here I am, in Group Sales,” Chris said.

But  Chris is definitely not unhappy with how his career has panned out.  “I found out I was pretty good at it and that I enjoyed it,” he said.

“I love working at Miller Park and it still gives me goose bumps some days when I drive up,” he said.

While Chris’ career has evolved over the years, his current responsibilities include overseeing all of Group Sales, which includes group outings, the All-Inclusive Areas, the party suites and the tailgate facilities.

Chris’ staff includes Maggie Aliota, Group Event Coordinator and Jake Mentch, Group Account Executive, and the three of them are there to assist fans with planning their group outings every step of the way.

“Any group, any size, any event, any budget, and, with our retractable roof, any weather—we’ve got you covered,” Chris said.

And they are always coming up with new ideas to enhance the fan experience.

New for 2011, along with our Bonus Games, Chris and his staff have added Value Games and Super Bonus games, so fans have additional opportunities to save even more. This means that we now offer groups up to 83% savings to over half of our home games. Plus, your group can catch some of the hottest games against the rival Cubs, Cardinals and Twins at non-Marquee prices, exclusively for groups, saving  up to 40% off individual ticket prices for select games.

Also new this season, fans have opportunity to purchase individual tickets in some of Miller Park’s All-Inclusive Areas for select dates at a special savings. As the name suggests, these areas are just that—all-inclusive. You get your game ticket, plus premium food and beverage options from your choice of several unique vantage points around the ballpark, such as the AirTran Airways Landing Zone, Gehl Club, Harley-Davidson Deck and Dew Deck.  In the past, access to these areas has been limited to those purchasing in large groups, but now, the Group Sales Department is giving fans the chance to bring out smaller groups to sample the area. 

Of the All-Inclusive Areas, Chris’ favorite is the Gehl Club, an upscale venue located on the PNC Club Level, down the left-field line.

The Gehl Club at Miller Park.

“It is a great place to view a game from.  You might not think that if you just looked at a stadium map, but when you go stand in there, it is stunning. I am a little biased but I think it is one of the best places to watch a game from anywhere in baseball and the food is excellent, too,” Chris said.

Group Cap Days are another new initiative that has added value to the group experience in the last two years. Groups that purchase 25 or more group tickets in select areas on certain dates throughout the season will receive a  unique Brewers adjustable cap for everyone in the group.  The 2011 Cap Days are May 20, July 8, July 29, August 12, September 9 and September 23.

I think these caps are pretty sweet!

 

Another Group Sales offering that fans may not be aware of is the Corporate Savings Program (CSP). Personally, I think it is the best kept secret around here…well, next to the recipe for Secret Stadium Sauce!  Basically, all it takes is one main contact at a company or organization to sign up for the program. The Group Sales staff will then send that individual a link to special ticket offers, exclusive to CSP members. The contact only has to post and promote the information and then it allows others within the organization to buy the tickets directly online; there is no money to collect, there are no minimums to meet, and the Group Sales staff handles the rest!  It’s a great, no-cost perk for companies to be able to offer to employees.

Chris’ staff does such a great job day in and day out that they have countless repeat customers who always plan on hosting their annual Brewers outing at Miller Park.  Although 25 is the magic number to be considered as a group here, many of those repeat customers are very large groups, like sometimes in excess of 10,000 people large!

For example, we have Little League Night each year and there is a pre-game parade of over 10,000 Little Leaguers. This year’s event falls on Monday, June 20.

“That whole night is very special to me because of the kids involved and being able to see their faces light up as the walk around the warning track with their coaches. It is an incredible feeling. The folks that organize that event are people who truly only care about organizing a fun baseball activity for kids. It is very refreshing,” Chris said.

Other large group nights include Weather Day (April 7), Singles Night (April 25)), Military Appreciation Day (this Sunday, May 15), Racine Day (May 22), Stitch N’ Pitch Night (June 21) , La Crosse Day (June 22) and many more!

Like I said before, whatever the occasion, if you want to give your event a little zing, boom, tararrel, you’ll want to make sure your gang’s all here!

For more information on Group Outings at Miller Park, vist brewers.com/grouptickets or call (414) 902-GRPS (4777).

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