Music - Surrender by Cheap Trick
Shot in 2000, 2003 and 2004 using film.
Miller Park - Opened in 2001.
Location - One Brewers Way Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Located just beyond the centerfield fence of old County stadium is the new home for the Milwaukee Brewers. Miller park was completed (with delays) for the start of the 2001 season. The Brewers had been pushing for a new facility to replace decaying County stadium for years. Finally on November 9, 1996, groundbreaking took place. Unfortunately, the park wouldn't open for 4 1/2 years. Tragedy would strike the construction site. On July 14, 1999, a crane, nicknamed big blue, collapsed while lifting a 400 ton roof section. Three worker were killed in the accident. This pushed the project even further behind. Finally on April 6, 2001, Miller park was ushered into life. The state of the art home for the Brewers was now ready for business.
Unlike it's predecessor, Miller park makes even the most brutal Wisconsin weather bearable. Miller park has a fan style roof that can be opened or closed. It is also part of the retro park movement. The rounded entrance is reminiscent of the old Ebbets field rotunda in Brooklyn. The brats made the trip over from County stadium and are still very tasty at the new park.
The Brewers have made the most of the move over to the new park. New ownership has put together a young exciting team. The fans have been showing up to the park regularly since it opened. Young stars like Prince Fielder, Ben Sheets, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ricky Weeks have brought a youthful exuberance to Brewers games.
Some of the traditions of old County stadium made the move over to Miller park. Bernie Brewer has new digs above the left field fence in the upper deck. He still slides down the slide when a Brewer hits a home run. As mentioned before, the brats and "secret sauce" are here. The sausage races still take place at the bottom of the 6th inning, and during the 7th inning stretch, they still play roll out the barrels. And YES, there is plenty of Miller beer to be had.
The first game was played on April 6, 2001. The Brewers played the Cincinnati Reds to usher in the new home. A sellout crowd of 42,024 saw the Brew Crew beat the Reds 5 - 4. David Weathers picked up the win and Jeromy Burnitz hit the first Brewers home run. Michael Tucker of the Reds had the distinction of hitting the first home run in Miller Park. He hit it in the first inning of Brewers starter Jeff D'Amico. The following year, Miller park hosted the all-star game for the first time. This was the infamous 2002 game that ended in a 7 - 7 tie.
Miller park is a great new facility. County stadium had long since outlived her use. It was time for the old park to go. The new home is everything County stadium wasn't. I do miss County stadium and its old feel charm. But seeing a Brewers game in April is no longer reason to dress like you are going to a Packers game at Lambeau field in December!
The entrance behind home plate to Miller park. Basically, I am standing in the outfield of old County stadium. 7/03
Miller park being built from the left field corner. 8/00
Looking at the third base side of Miller park. 8/00
The giant roof is being put together on Miller park. 8/00
The back side of centerfield of Miller park. 8/00
Miller park is done and ready for business. 7/03
Game time on a hot late summer evening, after spending the day at summerfest. 7/03
The wall of glass on the third base side. 7/03
The hot corner and Fridays restaurant. 7/03
Miller park with the roof open. 7/03
The massive centerfield scoreboard. The retired numbers of the Brewers are at the top ring of the stadium. 7/03
The pressbox and seasts behind home plate. 7/03
The yellow slide is used for Berner Brewer. 7/03
Sunset is falling on southeast Wisconsin and Miller park. 7/03
Bernie Brewer scanning his domain. 7/03
Ahh yes...... the famous sausage races at Miller park. A tradition brought over from old County stadium. 7/03
Fireworks go off after a Brewers home run. 7/03
Twilight falls on Milwaukee, and the faint glow of a skyrocket appears above centerfield. 7/03
The fireworks celebrating the 4th of July, although this was a day later. (the Brewers were out of town on the 4th of July). 7/03
A very COOL August evening a year later. Ya gotta love the weather in the upper midwest. This shot was from what would have been right centerfield of old County stadium. 8/04
Inside Miller park, this time the roof is closed. 8/04
A tale of two parks and one city. I admit, I had a soft spot for old County stadium. I know, it was a dump and not well taken care of, but it had this baseball feel about it. PLUS the best brats and secret sauce in baseball. Fortunatly, alot of old County stadium has found its way to Miller park. I really enjoy coming to Miller park. Very fan friendly, wide concourses, and of course the Brats and secret sauce. 8/04