One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214
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Plays Here: Milwaukee
First Opened: March 30, 2001 (exhibition against the Chicago White Sox)
First regular season game: April 6, 2001 (5-4 victory over the
Construction began: October 22, 1996
Style: Convertible roof
Surface: Natural grass
HKS, Inc. (Dallas), NBBJ (L.A.),
Eppstein Uhen Architects (Milwaukee).
Construction: Huber, Hunt & Nichols Inc. (Indianapolis), Clark
Construction (Chicago), Hunzinger Construction (Milwaukee); Roof:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America.
Owners: Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball District (64
percent), Milwaukee Brewers (36 percent).
Cost: $400 million.
Public financing: $310 million (77.5%) from a
five-county, one-tenth-of-a-cent sales tax.
Private financing: $90 million (32.5%) from the Brewers
Beginning in January 1996, the Southeast Wisconsin Professional
Baseball District began levying a .10 cent sales tax in the 5-county
region to help finance its $160 million contribution toward building
Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers $90 million contribution toward Miller
Park includes $40 million from Miller Brewing Company naming rights,
concessionaire buildout and the American League, $20 million from the
Bradley Foundation and $1 million from the Helfaer Foundation, $15 million
from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, and $14 million from
the Milwaukee Business Community. The Baseball District owns 64 percent of
Miller Park and the Brewers own 36 percent.
roof in action - March 23, 2001.
Miller Park is a
"old is new"
ballpark, built in the traditional mold but reflecting local architecture;
other ballparks in the same vein are Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Bank One
Ballpark in Phoenix, Pac Bell in San Francisco, and Oriole Park at Camden
The ballpark has a retractable dome roof to
protect against the cool weather in Wisconsin during the spring and fall;
it's modeled on the SkyDome in Toronto. The ballpark is located in what used to be the center field parking lot of
Milwaukee County Stadium, the Brewers' former home field. The
park was originally
scheduled to open in 1999, but financing problems delayed the opening by a
year (a crane accident in July 1999 killed three
construction workers and spread tons of debris on the site added another
year to the delay), and the 1999 All Star
game was not played in Milwaukee as planned. The 1999 game was
played in Fenway Park, which may soon be demolished, and the 2000 game was
in Atlanta. The All-Star game is scheduled to
be played there in 2002.
The roof: The
$50 million, 7-panel retractable roof opens and closes like a fan in about
10 minutes. Miller Park has 11,700 seats and 20 skyboxes on the main field
level, another 12,650 seats on the loge level, 4,150 seats and 50 skyboxes
on the suite level and 14,500 seats on the upper terrace level. Seating
represents a split-bowl concept where seating levels hang over others
slightly, bringing fans closer to the action on the field. Amenities
include a brew pub, open air patios and walkways, a Hall of Fame and a
The construction: The 260-acre area immediately surrounding Miller Park was
improved through the spending of $72 million in government funds:
- $36 million from the state of Wisconsin.
- $18 million from Milwaukee County.
- $18 million from the city of Milwaukee.
This work included freeway relocation, new entrances and exits,
roads and walkways, lighting, utilities and other development, some of
which would have been included in regular public improvement budgets.
There are nearly 13,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the
ballpark. Areas around the park include numerous amenities and
landscaping, including a monument to the County Stadium site.
There were some early slugfests at Miller Park in 2001, and it quickly
earned the reputation of being a bandbox; however, over the course of the
entire season, run production was up only marginally while home run power
was boosted only for lefties but not for righties.
It's hard to say how this
ballpark will play, based on the plans alone. The old Milwaukee
County Stadium was a neutral park overall, and played as a pitcher's park
early in the year, then as a hitter's park as it warmed up and the ball
carried further. The new park has little foul territory down the
foul lines, which will favor hitters, and the ability to close the roof in
cold weather may also favor the long ball. However, this park is
about the same in the alleys than the old one, but substantially deeper at
the foul poles - this may cancel out the effect of less foul territory and
the temperature controlled environment.
SkyDome in Toronto,
the opening of the roof creates a barrier to the wind coming off the lake
and forces air to funnel in towards the plate - this makes the SkyDome a
better pitcher's park when the roof is open and the wind blows hard.
Depending on how the wind patterns affect the new stadium, the park might
end up playing differently when the roof is open.
Defense: Because of the deeper
distances to the foul lines, corner outfielders will have more territory
to cover than they did in County Stadium.
While the limited foul territory will be more forgiving than the old
stadium, mobility will still be a desired attribute. The short
alleys will help hide a center fielder's lack of range.
The Brewers have two underrated glove men - Jeromy Burnitz in right and
Geoff Jenkins in left.
Who it benefits: Any hitter or
pitcher who likes to play in controlled environments. Pitchers who hate
the extreme cold of Wisconsin will love the new park. Hitters with
good power to the alleys might be able to take advantage of the park's
offense-increasing attributes without losing many taters in the corners.
Richie Sexson has good alley power and hit 28 HR at home, versus just 17
on the road. Slugger Geoff Jenkins is another hitter with good alley
power, and can hit to all fields, and showed a mildly favorable home-road
Who it hurts: An extreme pull
hitter, like Jeromy Burnitz, might lose some home runs to the deeper foul
poles. Burnitz hit .219 at home and .281 on the road.
Miller Park will seat
approximately 43,000 people for baseball as follows:
Field level: 11,581 seats
Field level suites: 320 seats
Loge level: 12,714 seats
Club level: 3,493 seats
Club level suites: 674 seats
Terrace level: 14,070
Disabled seating (all levels): 411 spaces
Miller Park will have 66 public
restrooms, 30 permanent concession stands, seven public stairways, six
passenger elevators, five escalators, and four pedestrian ramps.
Left field (E), Menominee River and South 44th Street, later US-41
Stadium Freeway; third base (N), Story Parkway and Interstate 94; first
base (W), General Mitchell Boulevard; right field (S), West National
Avenue and the National Soldiers Home.
Left Field Power Alley:
- Second highest LHB HR factor in NL
- Third highest batting average
factor in NL in 2001
- President George W. Bush, who was once
a part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, threw the ceremonial
first pitch of the first regular season game at Miller Park on April
- Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were
consulted during the construction of the ballpark.
- Sean Casey of the Cincinnati Reds got
the first hit here on April 6, 2001, a single in the top of the second
inning. Three days later he hit a home run to get the first hit ever
at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
- Michael Tucker of the Cincinnati Reds
hit the first official home run here on April 6, 2001, a two-run shot
in the top of the fourth inning. Jeromy Burnitz hit the first official
Brewers home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning of the