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Old 04-08-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska
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Here are my photos from Wednesday's open house at Werner Park:

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Too bad that management sold out to Budweiser so that the local beer (brewed 2 miles from the ballpark) and the Lincoln Brewery won't be available. Is causing quite a stir as the Stormchasers are appealing to the public to support them, yet they're screwing the locals.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Great pictures as always. Excited to go to the first game and they even serve LeMesa's in there. Now when my wife says let's go to LeMesa's for dinner we can also catch a ballgame
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Nice pics Brad.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:58 PM
 
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Too bad that management sold out to Budweiser so that the local beer (brewed 2 miles from the ballpark) and the Lincoln Brewery won't be available. Is causing quite a stir as the Stormchasers are appealing to the public to support them, yet they're screwing the locals.
Are you referring to Lucky Bucket and Empyrean? That sucks from the perspective of beer selection, but I can't blame them if Budweiser offered them significantly more money. Plus, Bud/Bud Light are such ****ty cheap beers that they can mark it up, charge the standard $6 or $7 for a draw and clear a decent margin.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Too bad that management sold out to Budweiser so that the local beer (brewed 2 miles from the ballpark) and the Lincoln Brewery won't be available. Is causing quite a stir as the Stormchasers are appealing to the public to support them, yet they're screwing the locals.
Quality Brands of Omaha who is the city's Anhueser distributor appears to have bought quite a bit of advertising space at the park. I can understand why Werner park would opt not to stock their competitor's products, even though it looks bad from a PR standpoint.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Quality Brands of Omaha who is the city's Anhueser distributor appears to have bought quite a bit of advertising space at the park. I can understand why Werner park would opt not to stock their competitor's products, even though it looks bad from a PR standpoint.
That's kind of the point. It looks horrible from a PR standpoint.

Ironically, the big winner here is Lucky Bucket, even if they don't sell a drop of beer at Werner Park. The Bud distributor that bought the exclusive rights is effectively conceding that Lucky Bucket is such a superior product that they will do anything to keep the public who hasn't already discovered that fact from finding out. By creating an uproar, that fact is being getting out to the masses, at zero advertising cost to Lucky Bucket! Even if only a hundred beer drinkers try Lucky Bucket for the first time they'll have a hundred converts.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:33 AM
 
Location: West Omaha
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It doesn't look horrible from a PR standpoint. People know that the local brewers can't compete at that level. And people also understand that club has to pay bills.

I don't understand the trend lately that demonizes everything capitalist. If luckybucket wants in then they need to pony up the money. Do you expect the club to go bankrupt because it only supports local merchants??? No one is "screwing the locals."

I really don't think many reasonable people would think this is a surprise at all.

And, no, the Bud distributor is conceding absolutely nothing. This is called business. Its advertising. Its not necessarily about the number of bottles of beer they sell in the stadium. Is Coke or Pepsi conceding anything when they buy exclusive rights in a stadium?? In fact, my guess is you can only have one soda family or the other at the stadium.

That said, I would rather have a lucky bucket. But I also don't blame the team or the distributor for this.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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Right, and it's also business for Lucky Bucket to scream bloody murder and shame the 'Chasers and Bud to allow them in.

You may have heard about Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. If you have, chances are the only reason is that they had to fight for their lives early on. Hagen Dazs, which was owned by Pillsbury decided that they were a threat. So they did what any larger foe would do, they put their considerable weight behind a campaign to keep Ben and Jerry's out of the supermarkets, threatening the distributors on all fronts if they carried Ben and Jerry's.

Ben and Jerry's launched a grass roots, guerrilla campaign called : "What's the doughboy afraid of?", which resulted in Pillsbury backing down. The rest is history.

So yes; A) Budweiser and it's distributor are legally within its rights to contract with the 'Chasers obligating them to only sell Bud Products, (and apparently craft beer from a Pawnee City farmer that produces miniscule batch beer which the distributor carries). B) The "Chasers are within their rights to make a business decision to take blood money from Bud, apparently giving about 10 seconds of thought as to the ramifications of this decision. C) Lucky Bucket, which has had phenomenal success in the two years it has been around in building a loyal fan base, has every right to ask that its fans barrage the 'Chasers into going back to the table with Bud and request an alteration of the contract.

Rather than to demonize Capitalism, this is capitalism at its best
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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It's nice... but it looks so tiny. I can't believe the city's baseball team is playing there. That looks about the same size as the stadium for the minor league Midland Rockhounds in Texas... and that metro area is tiny compared to Omaha.

They should have just moved to TD Ameritrade Park with the CWS.
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