Next up in our Stadium 411 series is Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers. A couple of weeks ago my friend and I visited Milwaukee, WI and had a chance to see the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Brewers.
This critique was given by yours truly. A man who still can’t believe the NHL hasn’t folded yet. Does anyone even know the NHL season starts next week? What a poorly run league.
Miller Park Critique
Due to the fact we arrived in Milwaukee rather early, it gave us the opportunity to get to Miller Park early and check out all the stadium had to offer.
The first thing I noticed coming off the highway is what an unusual looking stadium it is. It looks like a giant spaceship in the middle of this dreary city. I have never seen anything like it.
The second thing I noticed right off the bat, is when we drove into the parking lot people were tailgating. For someone who lives in New York, where there is no tailgating at baseball games, this was an awesome sight.
People weren’t just tailgating with a Miller Lite in one hand and a hot dog in another. No, these people were tailgating like it was a Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings game. There were generators, tents, and Gantner’s Garden.
You can rent out a Gantner’s Garden space so you and your friends can tailgate together in a private space. I also liked the fact that there was a restroom outside the stadium. That is clutch.
As for the stadium itself, there were two things that really stood out to me that I really liked. First, I loved the fact that you can go anywhere in the stadium for batting practice.
Our seats were right behind first base, but we were able to stand in the right field bleachers for batting practice and not a single person hassled us. That is awesome.
The second thing I liked was that the stadium looks “hitterish.” I got the same feeling walking into this ballpark that I did when I walked into the new Yankee Stadium. You can see why hitters like hitting in this ballpark.
The biggest gripe I had with Miller Park and it still bother me today — is the merchandise. All I wanted was a Paul Molitor or Robin Yount throwback player tee-shirt. One of those sweet powder blue ones.
I couldn’t find one — anywhere. I went to both team stores and both teams didn’t have anything. That is awful. How do you not have the tee-shirts of the only two superstars these franchise has ever had?
They had more Chorizo tee-shirts than Robin Yount shirts. That can’t happen.
Here is another con. And this is more of a baseball con than a Miller Park con. If a player is shagging fly balls in the outfield and fans ask for a ball — give it to them.
I am talking to you Jason Motte. This scrub must of had 50 balls hit to him in right field and he completely ignored every fan — including little kids. If a little kid or a fan asks for a ball and they are five feet from you, give them the ball.
It was completely ridiculous.
Overall Game Day Experience
I would say Miller Park was a seven out of 10. Strong points for the tailgating scene.