Miller Park, Home of the Milwaukee Brewers
Miller Park, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the home of the Milwaukee Brewers. It is the successor of the Milwaukee County Stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewer's home is located on the southwest intersections of I-94, US-41, and WIS-341, also known as Miller Park Way. The primary sponsor of the ballpark is Miller Brewing Company, who has a $40 million contract with the ball club that expires in the year 2020.
The Milwaukee Brewers completed the ballpark and its signature fan-shaped convertible roof in 2001. The fan-shaped roof opens and closes in ten minutes or less. Large panes of glass allow natural grass to grow.
Ballpark Quick Facts
- Location: One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI
- Years: 2001-present
- Seating capacity: 41,900
- Surface: Grass
- Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects, HKS, Inc., and NBBJ
- Project Cost: $400 Million
The Brewers constructed Miller Park with public funds of $290 million from a sales tax of 0.1% that began New Year's Day in 1996. The sales tax applies to purchases in Milwaukee County and four surrounding counties: Waukesha, Racine, Ozaukee, and Washington County.
The sales tax did not come without controversy for using public funds to finance a privately owned sports team. In fact, George Petak, a state senator in Racine County, lost an election recall based on his support for financing the ballpark.
Groundbreaking for the Brewer's home was on November 9 1996, behind a parking lot in County Stadium. The Brewers targeted the 2000 season for its home opener but a fatal accident delayed the opener for another year. "Big Blue," the name of a transi-life crane, collapsed lifting 400 tons on July 14, 1999, during windy conditions, killing three construction workers.
Miller Park’s convertible-style, retractable roof opens and closes simultaneously. The roof panels open and close in a sweeping motion from first base and third base towards center field. The massive roof contributed significantly to the $392 million cost of the stadium. The retractable roof, when closed, increases the temperature by 30 degrees over the outside temperature.
In 2006 the Brewers made several modifications to the ballpark including LED scoreboards, a second-tier marquee scoreboard along the bottom of the 300-level, and a field-level picnic area in the corner of right-field. The picnic area has a capacity of 75 and provides a place for fans to watch the game within feet of the right-fielder. Known first as the Mercedes-Benz Field Haus, the Brewers later changed the picnic area's name to the AirTran Airways Landing Zone in 2009.
In 2008 the Brewers replaced the infield with "Lo-Mo" Kentucky bluegrass and in 2009, did the same to the outfield. Kentucky bluegrass is common in MLB ballparks since it is denser with a sand base that allows players to jump higher and prevents balls from skipping underneath an outfielder's glove. Another addition in the 2009 season was the opening of the Harley Davidson Deck in the field level of