Miller Park is home to the major league baseball team the Milwaukee Brewer. The stadium is located at 1 Brewers Way in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was constructed as a replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium. Groundbreaking for the stadium began on November 9th, 1996, and is the single largest construction project in Wisconsin history. Construction of the park was completed in 2001, and Miller Park features the only fan shaped roof which can open and close in less than ten minutes.
The construction of the park was completed at a cost of $400 million, and is owned by Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball District, Milwaukee Brewers. The park has a surface of natural glass and the large panes of glass in the stadium allow the grass to grow. Miller Park was designed by the architectural firm of HKS, Inc., NBBJ, Eppstein Uhen Architects. The stadium has a maximum seating capacity for 42,200 patrons.
Miller Park was officially opened on April 6th, 2001, and President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch of the game. However, prior to President Bush throwing out the first pitch, Bud Selig threw out the first pitch, which made the Presidents ball the second pitch to be thrown. Although Miller Park has the smallest market in baseball, in 2008 the franchise broke attendance records with some 3,000,000 for the season, and because of this the park rates 12th among all the major league parks.
The park has several attractions designed to appeal to families that visit. The Klement Sausage Race is held during the middle of the sixth inning and the popular racing sausages are the Bratwurst, Italian, Chorizo, Polish and Hot Dog. The team mascot Bernie Brewer has a club house located above the field seats, and when a player hits a home run, Bernie slides down a yellow slide to the lower level of that team's clubhouse. During the seventh inning stretch it is tradition to sing "Take Me out to The Ballgame,'' in addition to "The Beer Barrel Polka,'' in nod to Milwaukee's beer brewing history.
In 2006, there were three noticeable additions added to Miller Park. Two LED scoreboards were added, one replaced the manually operated "out-of-town'' scoreboard, the other is a second tier marquee scoreboard, which stretches along the bottom of the 300-level from foul pole to home plate to foul pole. The final addition to the park was a picnic area in the corner of right field, with an additional seating capacity of 75, guests can enjoy watching a game from within a few feet of right field.
In 2005, Sports Illustrated magazine named Miller Park as the best value baseball park for the amount of dollars spent. Miller Park owners have added two additional areas of interest the "Gehl Club'', an upscale dining lounge and other amenities designed to enhance the experience for visitors. Miller Park is a great family friendly location for those desiring to watch an enjoyable game of baseball and experience one of the finest parks in the United States.
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