Miller Park is a ballpark located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and was completed in 2001 as a replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium.The park is located just southwest of the intersection of I-94, US-41, and Miller Park Way (WIS-341). The title sponsor is the Miller Brewing Company. Miller's contract with the stadium was for $40 million, and runs until 2020.Miller park features North America's only fan-shaped convertible roof, which can open and close in less than 10 minutes. Large panes of glass allow natural grass to grow.
Popularity and attendance:
In 2005, Sports Illustrated conducted fan surveys that rated Miller Park the best ballpark based on value per dollar spent.Although attendance dropped after the 2001 opening season to a low of 20,993 per game in 2003, attendance rebounded in subsequent seasons. In 2008, the Brewers set a franchise record for attendance with over 3,000,000.This was 9th among 30 major league teams, despite Milwaukee being one of the smallest markets in baseball.
Since 2008, the Brewers have drawn over 3 million fans to games 3 out of 4 seasons, including a record count of 3,071,373 set in 2011. The Brewers have showed signs of continuing the trend in 2012, as the team sold over 1.5 million tickets before the month of March.An upscale lounge, the "Gehl Club", located next to the "NYCE Club," opened in 2007.
- The Klement's Sausage Race occurs during each game in the middle of the 6th inning; it was moved from the bottom of the 6th inning to enable the sausages to create more excitement for the fans as the Brewers prepared to bat. The current "racing sausages" are the bratwurst, the Italian, the chorizo, the Polish, and the hot dog.
- Bernie Brewer, the team mascot, has a club house above the left field seats. Following every Brewers home run and victory, Bernie Brewer slides into a home plate shaped platform (The Kalahari "Splash Zone" was discontinued for the 2012 season). This is different from his old home at Milwaukee County Stadium, where Bernie slid into a giant mug of beer in center field which had been sponsored over the years by Pabst, Miller, and Sentry Foods.
- During the seventh inning stretch, in addition to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", fans at Miller Park sing "Roll Out the Barrel", in salute to Milwaukee's beer-making history.
- The Brewers also have statues of legendary Milwaukee players Robin Yount and Hank Aaron outside the front entrance of Miller Park, as well as also a statue of former team owner and MLB commissioner Bud Selig. The Brewers have announced that a fourth statue will be erected, commemorating longtime Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker, to be unveiled on August 31, 2012.
On August 11, 2012 Miller Park hosted an event called "Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation". Over 30,000 tickets were sold for the event, which included the premiere showing of a documentary film called, "Honor Flight". The promoters were hoping to beat a world record for a movie premiere attendance, which was previously held for a soccer film in Brazil.