3 must-dos at Miller Park

 

Miler Park.JPGIt snuck up on me slowly.

Somehow, seemingly without me knowing it, I became a Milwaukee Brewers fan.

By 2011, I was hooked.

That’s the year the Brewers fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. I’ve loved following the team ever since.

My enthusiasm grew over time, and I especially like listening to Bob Uecker’s deadpan humor on the Brewers’ radio broadcast.

My trips to Miller Park have been a blast, and over the past five years I’ve had some real “fan”-tastic experiences at the state-of-the art jewel that opened in 2001.

On the Milwaukee Brewers website, Miller Park is described as a park “where a fan upon encountering the brick facade and structural elegance can’t help but feel the reincarnation of baseball’s romantic past. Intimate proximity to the players, natural grass, and a unique configuration separates this ballpark from any in the world.”

Here are my Top 3 recommendations if you’re looking to enhance your Brewers baseball experience at Miller Park.

  1. Tour Miller Park

Did you know the fan-shaped roof that covers the field weighs 12 tons and takes 15 minutes to open or close? That’s what I learned on my Miller Park tour in 2015.

Our tour guide provided us with these tidbits and much more. He was knowledgeable and welcomed our questions. The behind-the-scenes look inside the stadium was a thrill. I especially liked having my son take photos of me throwing fake pitches in the bullpen, and I was awed by the stack of beer barrels in the basement. I loved seeing the broadcast booth where Bob Uecker does his play-by-play and dodges foul balls. You can learn more about the tours here.

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  1. Get to know the Brewers’ “First Fan”

Tucked away in the left-field corner on the Loge Level is a multimedia presentation about the man who brought Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee. If you don’t recognize the name Allan “Bud” Selig, then you’re definitely not a baseball fan. But that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the Bud Selig Experience.

There you can view artifacts of Selig’s tenure as the Brewers’ owner and view a reproduction of his County Stadium office.

The whole feel-good experience left me with a new understanding of Selig’s love of the game and his against-all-odds effort to bring a team to his hometown.

 

 

  1. Be a kid again

Visiting Bernie’s Clubhouse on the Terrace Level behind home plate is a must if you bring children to the game. Depending on their ages, your kids will have a variety of fun things to do in this area.

My “kid” was 22 when we visited last month, and we found plenty to entertain us. We snapped photos with one of the Brewers’ mascots, Hank the dog, depicted by a friendly person in a dog costume. We also snapped selfies with the life-sized plastic Klements Racing Sausages on display.

Then we visited the Kohl’s table to make a sign to show off, hoping to be featured on the Jumbo Tron. Sign-making brings out your creativity and is sure to bring a laugh or two. Don’t take yourself too seriously! It’s fun to bounce ideas off each and come up with some pretty awful ideas before settling on the message of the game.

So, whether you’ve been a Brewers fan for one day or your whole life, I encourage you to visit Miller Park to cheer on the Brew Crew.

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3 must-dos at Miller Park

9 thoughts on “3 must-dos at Miller Park

  1. masonmattila says:

    Great read! Some interesting facts about the Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park that I was not aware of. I went to a Brewer game back in high school and it was very fun. Niger Morgan hit a walk off base hit to win the game!

    In college now, a lot of my friends go to the Brewer games just to get sauced up, which I’m sure is fun. Maybe a tour wouldn’t be such a bad change of pace.

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      1. labermi says:

        I was actually at that same game Nyjer Morgan hit the game-winning hit as well! The 2011 team was the best Brewers team I ever watched since I wasn’t born when they were in the World Series in 1982. They were so close to the World Series. So hoping someday it happens!

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  2. trschoen0627 says:

    Visiting the Brewers’ Stadium is something that I put on my bucket list a few years ago that might not be crossed off for many years to come. I enjoy the Brewers unlike any other team in baseball. The stadium itself is one of the best in the league (in my opinion) and even when the Brewers are getting creamed on TV, they even have announcers that are able to find topics to talk about to keep the game interesting…not to mention Bob Uecker. It is tough for me to justify “wanting” to drive into Milwaukee, and to convince my wife (who hates sports; football and baseball with a passion) to get myself to the stadium. I am hoping to go with my dad (57) and my son (2) for a guy’s day once my son gets a little older. In the meantime, our prospects will mature (so long as we don’t trade them all along the way).

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    1. Joan Koehne says:

      It’s definitely worth the trip to Milwaukee to see a game. A guy’s day sounds like a lot of fun. Bring your son’s favorite snacks to keep him content during the long innings.

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    2. labermi says:

      I have been to about 15-20 Brewer games in my life. The games no matter if they are winning or losing are a blast. There is no tradition like Milwaukee Brewers games. It is tough for me to drive down there on my own with the traffic but I have went many times with my family and close friends of mine. For instance, my sister is hard to express interest in going to the games since she is not a baseball fan at all.
      However, I have taken a couple guys trips to Brewer games and it’s a blast! We did two games in a row, booked a hotel, and had one my dad’s buddies from Upper Michigan with his 7 yr old son, and they would definitely go back and loved the Miller Park experience. I would recommend a guys outing for you. Good luck!

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  3. Joan Koehne says:

    Sure…I usually bring my own peanuts and a water bottle. Just double check the Brewers website for restrictions for guests. I know you can’t bring in cans, and any backpacks or bags will be searched at entry.

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  4. labermi says:

    For carry-ins you can bring in any bottled beverage such as bottled soda, Gadorade, or water. I always bring in a water bottle and peanuts so I can save concession money from the stadium.

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