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Milwaukee Brewers | American Family Field | My MLB 30 Parks Project


American Family Field
American Family Field

My MLB 30 Parks Project came to American Family Field, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Because a friend from Toronto was also stadium chasers, we decided to drive 1.5 hours north from Chicago to Milwaukee to watch the game.

View from the highway to the stadium
View from the highway to the stadium

The stadium is in a different direction from the city center. If you go north from Chicago, the city center will be on the right, but the stadium will be far away from the downtown interchange. Then go west and finally exit the highway at the stadium exit.

Yount Brewers Hall of Fame inductee as parking lot name
Yount Brewers Hall of Fame inductee as parking lot name

Our parking lot is named Yount, after the Brewers Hall of Fame player Robin Yount. He started to show his talent in the major leagues as the third overall pick in the first round of 1973. He was drafted to the major leagues the following year. He is one of the few players who played in the major leagues at the age of 18 and the last player to hit a home run at the age of 18. Looking back at his career, he was selected to the All-Star Game three times, won two American League MVPs, three Silver Slugger Awards, one Gold Glove, and one perfect hit. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 with a 77.5% rate. His number was retired by the Brewers and is now hung on the outfield wall of the team.

Tailgate Grid Pavilion
Tailgate Pavilion

There are seven Tailgate Pavilions like this one next to the parking lot. They can seat 40 to 80 people and the rental fee is $400 including food, so if you have company gatherings, etc., you can choose to warm up here before the game.

Welcome to the home of the brewers!
Welcome to the home of the brewers!

It’s time to enter the ballpark! Welcome to the home of the brewers!

Menomonee River
Menomonee River

Cross the Menomonee River, which is the upper reaches of Lake Michigan and is therefore also an important environmentally protected water area.

The stadium's pedestrian walkway borders the center left field of the stadium.
The stadium pedestrian walkway borders the center left field of the stadium.

This section of the trail crosses the river, parking lot and main road to guide fans directly to the stadium to avoid conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. However, the trail borders the left outfield of the stadium, so it takes a circle and a half to reach the infield area.

Christian Yelich
Christian Yelich

The light poles on the bridge all have the players' Roman flags. I took a picture of the Brewers' star outfielder Christian Yelich. The colors of the flags are based on the Brewers' main visual colors of blue, gold, and white, which is simple and clear. Next, we will go into the stadium to see what it looks like inside.


Ball Park Facilities:

Bernie's Chalet
Bernie's Chalet

The first thing that catches your eye when you enter the stadium is the eye-catching outfield slide. The white slide curves downward and there are several large signs above it that read "Get Up, Get Up, Get Outta Here, Gone!" This sentence is quoted from the legendary brewer and radio announcer Bob Uecker.

Slide~~ $150 per experience
Slide~~ $150 per experience

Because the roof of the stadium was open on the day we visited, we could see the slide from the outfield. It was a very visually impactful design that quickly attracted the audience's attention. (The stadium offers fan experience tours starting at $150 for five times)

Retirement number sign
Retirement number sign

There are several signs with retired numbers near the roof in the center right field. Selig is the former boss of the Brewers and a major promoter of the Brewers. The Seattle Flyers were a newly expanded team, but they faced multiple problems after only one season, such as the old stadium, poor team performance, and lower-than-expected spectator numbers. They eventually faced bankruptcy. So after several negotiations, Selig brought the team to Milwaukee and used the team name "Milwaukee Brewers" from his childhood memories. Later, he served as the chairman of the Major League Baseball League. He experienced the 1994 strike and doping incidents, which were important milestones in the history of the Major League Baseball League. He retired after serving for 17 years and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Next up is Hank Aaron, No. 44, who has the second-highest home run record of 755, an amazing career batting average of .305, and 2,297 RBIs and 1,477 extra base hits, all of which are career records. He was selected to 25 All-Star Games, won one World Series, and three Gold Gloves. He was finally selected to the All-Century First Team, the Braves Hall of Fame (the Braves were in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta), and most importantly, the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame (97.8%).

Brewers Official Store
Brewers Official Store

There is an official store behind home base of the stadium, which sells jerseys, T-shirts, baseball caps and many daily necessities. However, the brewer's products are relatively simple and there are almost no cultural and creative products, so I didn't buy anything else except the balls and hats.

Third Base
Third Base
New gourmet 414 menu available for purchase
New gourmet 414 menu available for purchase
Beer Island
Beer Island

There are several food vendors in the concourse third base area. This year, the brewers started offering a new discount menu called the "414 Menu". This menu offers four items, namely hot dogs, nachos, Cracker Jack popcorn, and 16 ounces of soda for only $4. This is really economical when the average cost of a ballpark is $10. In addition, the team pays special attention to children. During the Sunday game, they can take photos with the six players at the six substations in the red clay warning area, and there are also baserunning experiences and sausage races for children. The only goal of various activities is to attract fans to the stadium so that the team can make money and operate for a long time.

Brewer 2018 logo
Brewer 2018 logo

The logo on the third base side is a wheat ball launched in 2018. Because Milwaukee is famous for its brewing industry, this new pattern was recreated with reference to the past team logos. The brewer's comment on the official website is as follows: "We are the Wisconsin team. For more than 50 years, we have been working hard to practice this concept, becoming a vivid embodiment of the city's strength and representing our home with integrity, humility and enthusiasm. We are determined to make the entire state proud of everything we do."

J. Leinenkugel's Barrel Yard
J. Leinenkugel's Barrel Yard

Walking from third base toward left field, you'll come across J. Leinenkugel's Barrel Yard, a brewery and restaurant inside the stadium.

Brewery on the golf course
Brewery on the golf course

Leinenkugel's has been passed down for six generations and has 150 years of brewing experience. It has cooperated with the Brewers Club to open a brewery inside the stadium, so you can drink stadium-exclusive beers here.

There are a lot of pipes and barrels, it looks very cool
There are a lot of pipes and barrels, it looks very cool

This year, for example, there is a special unfiltered beer called "No-Hitter Yeast Wheat Beer" that has notes of banana, gum and cloves, paired with Wisconsin ham and cheese bread. It is the most enjoyable experience to enjoy the food while watching the game.

Pellet Shop
Brewers Shop

Across from the brewery is another team store. This one is larger than the store behind home plate and sells a wider variety of items. You can go here to buy your favorite items before the game.

Children's Play Area
Children's Play Area

The right outfield is the children's play area. Many children play here with their parents before the game, which allows the children to start learning baseball from an early age. Both boys and girls throw the ball and hit the ball very seriously, which will surely cultivate many children's willingness to invest in and play baseball in the future.

Broadcast Studio
Broadcast Studio

Below the right field home run pole is the broadcast studio, which is connected to the right field bar. You can watch the game at the stadium as well as the live broadcast by the anchor and commentators.

Local Brews
Local Brews

Right Field Local Brews offers 24 local beers, and several bartenders stand at the front to serve fans. The prices are all under $15 (excluding tax and tips).

Beer is pressed from the island
Beer is pressed from the island

We ordered apple cider. The bartender squeezed out the yellow, clear and cool apple cider from an apple-shaped tap. The refreshing taste spread in the mouth and the apple flavor diffused to all taste buds after taking a sip. It is one of the most delicious items.

(Don’t drink and drive, don’t drink while driving, drinking too much is harmful to your health)

Rooftop control room
Rooftop control room
Control room screen
Control room screen

Full screen This is the roof opening and closing control room of American Family Field. When the weather is bad and it rains, the roof will be closed. But is it really that simple? Actually, it is not. Rainfall and snowfall are the main reasons for most roof closings. However, Milwaukee has another rule that when the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), the stadium field group will decide to close the roof. In addition, the Major League has a rule that in addition to being able to decide whether to close the roof before the game, the field can also be used once during the game to suspend the opening and closing of the roof. However, if the roof needs to be opened for the second time, the field group needs to ask the referee and inform the head coaches of the two teams to decide whether to agree to the action again, so this is also one of the interesting field rules of the Major League.


Seat View:

Infield first base area 214
Infield first base area 214

This seat is in section 214, about the fifth row on the first base side of the infield. We sat here this time. The ticket price was about $40 including tax.

Behind home plate, area 117 and 118
Behind home plate, area 117 and 118

Areas 117 and 118 behind home base are called Field Level Infield Platinum.

Left Field 127
Left Field 127

Area 127 in left field is called the Field Level Outfield Box.

Barrel Yard Outside Tables
Barrel Yard Outside Tables

Barrel Yard Outside Tables

Toyota Territory
Toyota Territory

Toyota Territory in right center field is very cool. There is a real Toyota car on the roof of the bar, and all the car parts can be seen on the chassis. It is a very industrial-style restaurant.

The view from the center field
The view from the center field

From the center field, you can see the joints of the roof, and the complexity of the large-span truss structure is also very interesting. According to news reports, the cost of renovating the roof in recent years was US$3,710.

Right Field 101 Bleachers
Right Field 101 Bleachers

The Bleachers in the 101 area in right field are bench seats without backrests, but you can watch the pitchers warm up in the bullpen from a very close distance.

Aurora Health Care Bullpen
Aurora Health Care Bullpen

The Aurora Health Care Bullpen is located near the right outfield pole and the announcer's booth. The field level view gives the players a full sense of presence, and provides a full buffet service, including sausages, hot dogs, fried chicken nuggets, salads, potato chips, cookies, and unlimited soft drinks. Adults over 21 can also have two free alcoholic drinks. I felt that this area was really special at the time. It was the closest to the field and felt the most like watching baseball.

Top floor area 422
Top floor area 422

Behind home plate is the highest level, Section 422. From here, you can watch the game without any obstructions. You can feel the breeze and listen to the fans' voices from high in the air. It feels like you are watching the game from above.


Atmosphere:

Before the game, the staff is concentrating on tidying up the home plate.
Before the game, the staff is concentrating on tidying up the home plate.

Next are some photos of the game that day, where the staff were concentrating on tidying up the home plate before the game.

National Anthem before the game
National Anthem before the game

The national anthem was played before the game, and the local school community choir sang the American national anthem.

Players warm up and stretch before the game
Players warm up and stretch before the game
The head coaches of both teams exchange order sheets and the referee announces the field rules.
The head coaches of both teams exchange order sheets and the referee announces the field rules.
Pre-match fireworks
Pre-match fireworks
Corbin Burnes
Corbin Burnes

Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes is the Brewers' No. 1 starter this year. He has very strong ball control and uses the cutter as his main weapon along with the curveball, forkball, sinker and slider.

Before the game starts, staff will run in the security area with a big flag.
Before the game starts, staff will run in the security area with a big flag.
Brewer Catcher Contreras
Brewer Catcher Contreras
BURNS
BURNS?
Corey Julks
Corey Julks
Martín Maldonado
Martín Maldonado
Home run
Home run

As a result, the Astros led the entire game with five home runs, leaving the Brewers helpless.

The brewer's flag is flying in one round
The brewer's flag is flying in one round

Between innings, just before the brewers go to attack, the mascot Bernie will slide down the slide and blow the attack horn.

Bernie Slide
Bernie Slide
Rowdy Tellez
Rowdy Tellez

Fortunately, Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit a home run and saw Bernie sliding down the slide.

200th Loge Level League Champion Banner
200th Loge Level League Champion Banner

Behind the 200-story Loge Level home plate, there are several painted pennants recording past league championships won by the Brewers.

Cheese Headband
Cheese Headband
I went to the store and touched it. It was very good.
I went to the store and touched it. It was very good.

The Brewers' special cheering prop - the cheese mask, was originally made of discarded foam from furniture. Players would wear it as a celebration after hitting a home run. Now it has become a special cheering prop for the Brewers. (Note: Brewers players will no longer wear cheese masks after hitting a home run starting in August 2023)

In the major leagues, many fans like to keep their own records.
In the major leagues, many fans like to keep their own records.
In the top of the sixth inning, Yordan Alvarez hit a perfect shot to set the tone for the game.
In the top of the sixth inning, Yordan Alvarez hit a perfect shot to set the tone for the game.
Inter-office event: sausage race
Inter-office event: sausage race
No. 1 German sausage, No. 2 Polish sausage, No. 3 Italian sausage, No. 4 hot dog, No. 5 Spanish sausage
No. 1 German sausage, No. 2 Polish sausage, No. 3 Italian sausage, No. 4 hot dog, No. 5 Spanish sausage

The most famous inter-inning activity of the Brewers is the sausage race. In 1990, the sausage race began to play animations on the big screen and interact with fans. In addition to the original No. 1 German sausage, No. 2 Polish sausage and No. 3 Italian sausage, No. 4 Hot Dog 4 was added as a contestant. In 2000, the animation became a physical form, with four sausages running on the field. In 2007, when the new stadium was built, No. 5 Spanish sausage was added to make it the current five contestants. The following website has a basic introduction to each sausage contestant:

Roll Out The Barrels
Roll Out The Barrels

During the seventh inning, the brewer will play Take Me Out to the Ball Game and Roll Out The Barrels to encourage everyone to move their bodies and stretch their muscles.

Mike Brosseau
Mike Brosseau with a fight
Mike Brosseau
Mike Brosseau pitching

In the last inning, the score was ten points behind. The Brewers sent out fielder Brosseau to pitch. He pitched one inning without giving up any runs. (Editor's note: I didn't expect Brosseau to leave the Brewers this summer and join the Chiba Lode Marines of the Japanese Professional Baseball League. I also went to watch the Japanese professional baseball this year and met him again halfway around the world).

Darin Ruf
Darin Ruf
Taiwanese fans call him Khitan Christian Yelich
Taiwanese fans call him Khitan Christian Yelich
Game ended at 12:2
Game ended at 12:2

The game ended with a 10-point difference without any suspense. The game content may not be very exciting but it is also fun to walk around the stadium.

Astros high five
Astros high five
Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve
Post-match field cleaning
Post-match field cleaning

After the game, the grounds crew quickly began to clean up the court in preparation for tomorrow's game.

The Milwaukee Brewers Thank You for Visiting
The Milwaukee Brewers Thank You for Visiting
Close-up of the roof structure
Close-up of the roof structure
Night view outside the stadium
Night view outside the stadium
Beautiful scene of crescent moon and stars
Beautiful scene of crescent moon and stars

America's Family Field is my fifth MLB ballpark and the only ballpark in the entire MLB Central Division with a roof. Perhaps the negative news about this roof has been discussed, but it is not that bad after experiencing it on site. The interior of the ballpark is spacious enough, but there are many unused spaces. Perhaps the team can think about how to add more options to attract fans in these unused areas. I hope to see more facilities to serve fans when I come to this ballpark again in the future. The brewery inside the ballpark is definitely one of the must-visit attractions here. Being able to sit inside and enjoy the newly brewed beer every season is definitely an experience that cannot be missed. The slide in left field is also a unique feature of the ballpark. Finally, I end this round with this photo of the crescent moon and Venus with the stadium roof. I hope you can come to Milwaukee to watch the game!


 

Ballpark Information:

Public Transportation: None

Gate Open: 2 hours prior the game

Bag policy: Yes (12*12*6 inch transparent bag or 9*5*2 opaque bag)

Payment Policy: Generally, no cash payment is accepted except Field Level: Kids Café, Loge Level: Section 213, Terrace Level: Section 424 (Burgers), where cash is accepted. Credit cards are required for the rest of the restaurants.

Seat view: In principle, there is no obstruction, except for the rear seats where the view is limited to the ground.

Home team dugout: Brewers on first base side



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