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September 11, 2009
From journal Take Me Out to the Ballgame
June 24, 2001
Old parks have tradition and there is nothing I like more than watching a Cubs game on a sunny afternoon in that great old ballpark. But some of these newer parks shine in a different way. Huge walls of glass on three sides of the stadium let in large amounts of light even when the roof is closed. This gives the park an outdoor feel while the noise level from the crowd bounces around to make the park much louder than most open air facilities. Also the sight lines are fantastic and the concession stands, seats, facilities and the sit down restaurant that sits right over the left field fence all combine to make the experience more than just a game. It is an event.
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From journal Milwaukee Fun
December 5, 2002
The stadium has your mandatory modern color scoreboard, along with a section in left field for popular team mascot Bernie Brewer. Even if the game is a dull one, the always amusing "sausage race" during the 7th-inning stretch livens things up. Yes, four people dressed up as cartoonish sausages (bratwurst, Polish, Italian, hot dog) race down the foul line in a live version of those animated scoreboard races. If you are looking for more edible versions, there are plenty of food stalls in the stadium along with souvenir stands.
The plaza adjacent to Miller Park has bronze statues dedicated to Milwaukee baseball greats Henry Aaron and Robin Yount. There are also plaques commemorating workers who died during a tragic construction accident in 2000. Helfaer Field, a deluxe field for youth baseball and softball, is located adjacent to the main stadium. This is actually the site of old County Stadium, the former home field for many great Brewers teams over the years. Surface parking lots engulf Miller Park, but locals make the best of the situation by holding "tailgate party" cookouts before games.
Miller Park is west of downtown, near a leafy residential neighborhood. If you are really hot for baseball stadiums, you can even take a tour of Miller Park when there is no game for a nominal charge.
From journal Bill in the USA - MILWAUKEE
June 18, 2005
There are several restaurants such as Friday's Front Row Grill in addition to all the concession stands. On the middle level, they have family seating, which is great if you don't want the little ones sitting by someone who has consumed too much alcohol. The seats are actually right in front of the radio boxes, which is pretty cool, as you can see Bob Eucker.There is a kids play area as well though be warned it's quite warm by it. While you are there though, make sure to purchase some snow cones if you could use a refreshing treat. Another great treat found on the mid-level is the supreme nacho platter - yummy!
The entertainment coupon book no longer has a buy one free coupon. They also recently raised the price and besides the bleachers, the cheapest tickets are $18, making it really difficult to take a family here. I've been told on Sundays they have a deal where the most upper seats can be bought for $9.50 and include a hotdog and beverage.If you do manage to take the kids on a Sunday, they let them run the bases after the game. We made the mistake of heading down once the game ended - it was a long walk to the end of the line. We walked half the park! The line moves the whole time though so even our toddlers were fine with the 'wait' since it took 10 of 20 the minutes to officially get in line. Oh, and of course they will be happy to take a photo and overcharge you on their website if you would like to purchase the momento.
From journal The Greater Milwaukee Area
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
August 13, 2003
First off, I had been to the old County Stadium and I loved it. I never knew from all the games I saw on TV how much of that old-baseball feel it had to it. When it was closed, it still had only a dot-matrix screen, and the innards had catwalks like they have (had) in Tiger Stadium and Wrigley Field.
But that was then and this is now. Miller Park is pretty nice. My seats were in the lower deck in the outfield, but I felt close enough to everything. I never had a chance to check out the upper deck, but hope to eventually. Considering that the whole lower deck where I was seated was covered by the deck above us, I would guess the seats are pretty good. The highest seats looked like they might be fun. I can't really justify why, but they were right by the roof and yet looked like they offered great views.
Bernie Brewer packed up his house and moved to into the new park. So did the sausages (just ask Randall Simon). During the Home Run Derby, many of the league's mascots (even the sausages) took turns down Bernie's slide for each home run hit.
Like many of the new stadiums, you can walk around the whole promenade. That was nice. Also the walkways are redundant, so there's an inner and outer walkway. Many of the food concessions are opened on both walkways, helping to cut down on long lines. The walkway is wide open behind the center field wall. Out there, beyond the seats, is a retractable wall to help open up the stadium. Like the retractable roof, it can be opened an closed in a short time. During the Home Run Derby, they actually closed the roof but left the wall open. It was stranged to get rained on despite the closed roof. The park operators couldn't have been prouder of the roof. They made sure that everyone had a chance to see it in action. They even played "Also Sprach Zarathustra" to complete the moment.
Behind the left field wall there was a bar and sit-down restaurant where people can eat/drink while watching the game. It's very much like the restaurants in the SkyDome.
Getting to the park was a pain. Well, not if you have a car. Unlike most of the other new stadiums, Miller is suburban and not in or close to downtown. There is a bus line that is nearby, but that's about it. I did take a cab one time and it seemed reasonably-priced.
From journal Baseball, Milwaukee