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Capacity: 53,192
County Stadium

Area of fair territory: 107,000 sq. ft.

Area of foul territory: Above average

 

Fences: 10 ft

 

Elevation: 635 feet

 

2000 TICKETING
Mezzanine Diamond box and Diamond box $28
Lower box $20
Lower grandstand $16
Upper box $14
Upper grandstand $8
General admission $7
Bleachers $5

General Information

Address:
201 South 46th Street. 

P.O. Box 3099
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Tenants: Milwaukee Braves (NL, 1953-65); Milwaukee Brewers (AL, 1970-97; NL, 1998-99)
Opened: April 6, 1953
Last game: September 28, 2000
Demolished: February 21, 2001
Surface: Bluegrass

Architect: n/a
Builder: Hunzinger Construction et al.
Owner: Milwaukee County.
Cost: $5 million (1953).



Milwaukee County Stadium

 

History

   Milwaukee County Stadium was a terrible blight upon the Milwaukee landscape - its dull gray exterior, cramped concourses and obstructed-view seats made it old park without an old park’s character.  It was, of course, a government-owned multipurpose facility - see Network Associates Stadium in Oakland, Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, and Cleveland's Municipal County Stadium for other examples of these atrocious ballparks.  This monstrosity had its first event on April 6, 1953: an exhibition game between the Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox.  It also played host to 2 or 3 NFL Green Bay Packer games a year, until 1994.

   The fans initially made this a special place in spite of the facility.  They set the National League record for attendance in 1954, the park's second year, and the parking lot was always filled with tailgate parties and fans barbecuing.  But crowds decreased with time, and in 1966 the Braves moved to Atlanta.

   Milwaukee got a franchise again four years later, in 1970.

 

   The stadium's original seating capacity was 28,111 permanent seats and 7,900 portable seats.  Since that time, additional improvements were made to the scoreboards, bleachers, press box, and outfield throughout the years.  In 1975, additional seating was added bringing the total capacity to 53,192.

   Others who have played in County Stadium include the Chicago White Sox, the Green Bay Packers, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Bob Hope.

Analysis

 

   This is a tough park to pin down.  Although it never really helped hitters before, in recent years run production and singles have been boosted.  Extra base hits are still hard to come by, but it no longer is a pitcher's park - it plays more neutral now.  

 

 

Defense: The infield dirt tends to be hard and dry, and quick, because of the cold climate. That means that a lot of ground balls became double play candidates, so an excellent pivot man is a useful tool here.  Generally, the park didn't tend to boost errors - although it had the highest infield-error index in 2000, it had the lowest such index in 1999. 

 

 

1998-2000

2000

Error Index: 107 142
Infield-error Index: 108 161

 

Who benefits:  The dimensions are fairly standard, and symmetrical, so no one particular type of hitter benefits.  The park warms up in the summer, and so the ball carries better - hitters who do well in those summer months can take advantage of that fact. 

 

Who gets hurt: Power hitters and home run guys, especially moderate ones, because of the relatively deep alleys. Hitters who don't put the ball in play much don't benefit from the quick, hard infield.

 

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Left field (E), Menomonee 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.

Park Factors

 

  Run HR Avg L-Avg R-Avg L-HR R-HR H 2B 3B
1992 79 74 93 90 94 54 85 87 79 74
1993 97 74 103 100 105 113 56 103 96 114
1994 113 99 103 108 99 76 119 106 104 94
1995 122 83 111 119 106 97 76 116 116 110
1996 103 91 101 96 104 96 109 100 96 106
1997 101 90 102 96 107 81 98 104 112 119
1998 107 87 104 106 103 86 88 106 102 71
1999 97 98 100 96 102 103 95 99 86 66
2000 93 72 94 93 95 64 78 96 92 92

 

 

1998-2000

2000

Walks: 98 100
Strikeouts: 87 88

 

Dimensions - History

Left field: 320 ft (1953), 315 (1975).

Power alleys: 355 ft (1953), 362 (1962).

Deep alleys: 397 ft (1953), 392 (1955).

Center field: 404 ft (1953), 410 (1954), 402 (1955).

Right field: 320 ft (1953), 315.37 (1954).

Backstop: 60 ft.

 

Capacity

1953: 36,011 

1954: 43,394; 

1975: 53,192

 

Fences - History

Left field: 4 ft (1953), 8 (1955), 8.33 (1959), 10 (1985).

Center field: 4 ft (1953), 8 (1955), 8.33 (1959), 10 (1985).

Right field: 4 ft (1953), 10 (1955).

 

Seating Chart

 

County Stadium seating diagram

 

 

Fun Facts

 

  • First ballpark to break 2 million in attendance, which it did from 1953 to 1957.  (The franchise moved from Boston's Braves Field in 1952, and attendance was a major league high 1,826,397). 
  • Stadium sits on site of former Story Quarry.
  • Surveyor’s mark on right-field foul pole: "315.37."
  • From 1953 to 1973 (before the park was expanded) hospital patients at the National Soldiers Home V.A. Hospital sat outside their rooms on Mockingbird Hill overlooking right field and watched the games for free.
  • "Braves Reservation," a picnic area down the left-field line, was inaugurated in 1961.
  • Cecil Fielder is the only player ever to hit a homer completely out of the park during a game.
  • The Chicago White Sox played here for nine games in 1968 and 11 games in 1969.
  • One can find bratwurst being cooked all around the parking lots at baseball’s biggest site for tailgate parties.

 

 

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