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guillensdisciple
08-28-2012, 09:57 AM
A couple of my friends and I decided to spring a trip to Milwaukee this Saturday. Being the baseball fan I am, I wanted to take in the game against the pirates while I am there.

If anyone has ever been, what's the deal with the parking? I am going to be there about three hours before game time. Naturally, my friends and I will go to a couple of bars and enjoy some drinks before the game. Is there a place to park in the stadium or outside of the stadium that is within walking distance that will not be too expensive?

Also, any bar recommendations around
The park?

Finally, what should I definitely check out inside the park? I'll probably be sitting somewhere in the lower level so any advice on food or other things I should try will be great.

Thanks all.

WisSoxFan
08-28-2012, 10:08 AM
Don't go to a bar especially if you're going to be early. The parking lot is set up to tail gate. Cook out, drink some adult beverages and enjoy!

doublem23
08-28-2012, 10:29 AM
I like Milwaukee a lot, so I was dissapointed to find that there is absolutely nothing... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of interest within reasonable distance of Miller Park. Seriously, it may as well be in Siberia. As soon as you get to the lots, you are completely trapped there. As was noted, best bet is to bring your own grill and cook yourself. Or just go into the park. The lower deck is real nice, the Upper deck, IMO, kind of sucks.

guillensdisciple
08-28-2012, 10:59 AM
Don't go to a bar especially if you're going to be early. The parking lot is set up to tail gate. Cook out, drink some adult beverages and enjoy!

I like Milwaukee a lot, so I was dissapointed to find that there is absolutely nothing... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of interest within reasonable distance of Miller Park. Seriously, it may as well be in Siberia. As soon as you get to the lots, you are completely trapped there. As was noted, best bet is to bring your own grill and cook yourself. Or just go into the park. The lower deck is real nice, the Upper deck, IMO, kind of sucks.

Wow, really? I went to the bulls bucks game last year and it was completely the opposite but they are in different locations. Okay, the grill will do, but does the park open earlier than the cells standard hour and a half before game
Time?

WisSoxFan
08-28-2012, 11:13 AM
http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=guide

2 hours prior to game time.

MeteorsSox4367
08-28-2012, 11:25 AM
Pretty much the only thing I dislike about Miller Park is getting out of there after a game. We went to the Reds game three weeks ago on a Wednesday afternoon and getting out of the lot was bleeping atrocious.

Love the park, food is good, Leinie's are awesome. They even had Bob Uecker player t-shirts in the gift shop. Of course, I bought one.

One cool thing to check out is the Milwaukee Braves tribute they have set up on the main concourse. If you're a baseball history nerd like me, things like that are well worth a look.

skobabe8
08-28-2012, 12:24 PM
Wow, really? I went to the bulls bucks game last year and it was completely the opposite but they are in different locations. Okay, the grill will do, but does the park open earlier than the cells standard hour and a half before game
Time?

If you are really desperate for a bar, TGI Fridays is inside Miller Park. But I would tailgate.

jdm2662
08-28-2012, 12:51 PM
Only been to Miller Park once. While I've been to Milwaukee a few times, you would think I know the city better than I do. In any case, tailgate before and after the game. And, enjoy.

TDog
08-28-2012, 01:45 PM
A couple of my friends and I decided to spring a trip to Milwaukee this Saturday. Being the baseball fan I am, I wanted to take in the game against the pirates while I am there.

If anyone has ever been, what's the deal with the parking? I am going to be there about three hours before game time. Naturally, my friends and I will go to a couple of bars and enjoy some drinks before the game. Is there a place to park in the stadium or outside of the stadium that is within walking distance that will not be too expensive? ....

When I lived in Waukesha, which was about a decade ago, I lived just a few freeway minutes from County Stadium/Miller Park. My concern was only parking, and it may be outdated.

The prices have probably gone up, but the Brewers charged more to park closer to the park. It cost half as much to park on the other side of the river. Either way, it was much cheaper than parking for baseball in Chicago. Parking sort of provides a buffer between the ballpark and the city. It believe that is out of design. I worked with someone who lived sort of around the corner from the park off Blue Mound Road, and he told me there were problems with fans even with the separation from the neighborhood.

roylestillman
08-28-2012, 02:44 PM
In general, I agree with others that tailgating in the Miller Park lots is the way to go, especially if it's the first time you've been there. They take it to another and goofier level.

If you're still interested in stopping into a few bars beforehand, think about the Historic Third Ward area, which is along the river south of Downtown. Some great bars and restaurants are there. There is a back door route into Miller Park from there using Canal Street through a nearly vacant industrial area. It's a brand new road, with exactly one light from 6th Street all the way into the parking lots. Can't beat it and you avoid all of the I-94 hassles.

ChiSoxFann
08-28-2012, 04:00 PM
Miller Park is a nice park and I've gone to it a bunch since it opened, but it has fallen behind a lot of the parks built since, but I still like going up there once a year for a game. They do love their tailgating and the lots are a lot of fun, but I love their ballpark food. I always grab a few brats with their stadium sauce and some cheese covered waffle fries (come to think of it, it's a good thing I only get up there once a year!)

I will say Miller Park's new larger, HD scoreboard is amazing, especially when they have replays. I was at Sunday's rain shortened game at the Cell and I really wish we had a larger, full HD board like that. During the 1st delay they played the Tigers game on the CF board and the Indians game on the RF board. The CF board is so small and useless in our park and I'm really jealous of Milwaukee's board. I wish Jerry could find some cash and just replace the entire CF scoreboard with one mammoth HD screen.

Wedema
08-28-2012, 05:36 PM
Miller Park is a nice park and I've gone to it a bunch since it opened, but it has fallen behind a lot of the parks built since, but I still like going up there once a year for a game. They do love their tailgating and the lots are a lot of fun, but I love their ballpark food. I always grab a few brats with their stadium sauce and some cheese covered waffle fries (come to think of it, it's a good thing I only get up there once a year!)

I will say Miller Park's new larger, HD scoreboard is amazing, especially when they have replays. I was at Sunday's rain shortened game at the Cell and I really wish we had a larger, full HD board like that. During the 1st delay they played the Tigers game on the CF board and the Indians game on the RF board. The CF board is so small and useless in our park and I'm really jealous of Milwaukee's board. I wish Jerry could find some cash and just replace the entire CF scoreboard with one mammoth HD screen.

I remember when Old Comiskey had the secret stadium sauce also to put on your dogs or brats.

DSpivack
08-28-2012, 07:19 PM
Miller Park is a nice park and I've gone to it a bunch since it opened, but it has fallen behind a lot of the parks built since, but I still like going up there once a year for a game. They do love their tailgating and the lots are a lot of fun, but I love their ballpark food. I always grab a few brats with their stadium sauce and some cheese covered waffle fries (come to think of it, it's a good thing I only get up there once a year!)

I will say Miller Park's new larger, HD scoreboard is amazing, especially when they have replays. I was at Sunday's rain shortened game at the Cell and I really wish we had a larger, full HD board like that. During the 1st delay they played the Tigers game on the CF board and the Indians game on the RF board. The CF board is so small and useless in our park and I'm really jealous of Milwaukee's board. I wish Jerry could find some cash and just replace the entire CF scoreboard with one mammoth HD screen.

I was only there once and did not tailgate beforehand, but I really don't get the love for Miller Park. One of the most boring parks I have been to and it fell staid and boring, I felt like I was indoors even with the roof open. That said, I haven't been to any of the other newer retractable roof ballparks (I have been to the Skydome/Rogers Centre).

That said, I do really like Milwaukee. It feels like a mini-Chicago, with much better beer.

ComiskeyBrewer
08-29-2012, 12:35 PM
I was only there once and did not tailgate beforehand, but I really don't get the love for Miller Park. .

That's probably why, as tailgating is probably Miller Park's biggest draw. It's actually the reason why the park wasn't built downtown(there were plans to build it downtown, but many of the fans didn't want to lose the tailgating atmosphere/tradition.) It's also nice to drive up and KNOW you will not be rained out. It makes driving a long distance worth it, IMO. I wish there were more bars around the area(Mark A actually tried buying up the land around the park to build it up like that, but lost out), but that's not a big deal for me, as the entire parking lot is basically a bar.

If you really want to hit up the bars, most of them located around the city offer free shuttles to and from the game. Kelly's Bleachers was always a favorite of mine when i would meet up with people and shuttle in.

I always grab a few brats with their stadium sauce and some cheese covered waffle fries (come to think of it, it's a good thing I only get up there once a year!)

They added Poutine last year, and this year i discovered a Brisket smothered bacon dog.:smile:


There is a back door route into Miller Park from there using Canal Street through a nearly vacant industrial area. It's a brand new road, with exactly one light from 6th Street all the way into the parking lots. Can't beat it and you avoid all of the I-94 hassles.

That's the way i usually take out if the game is packed. If you are taking 94 home, it will probably save you 25 minutes(on your way out, just get into the farthest left lane in the general parking lots, you'll probably be the only car going that way instead of the right back towards the stadium). It also runs you by the Casino if you are so inclined.

doublem23
08-31-2012, 11:12 AM
I was only there once and did not tailgate beforehand, but I really don't get the love for Miller Park. One of the most boring parks I have been to and it fell staid and boring, I felt like I was indoors even with the roof open. That said, I haven't been to any of the other newer retractable roof ballparks (I have been to the Skydome/Rogers Centre).


This is my major dissapointment with Miller Park as well, the roof was open the day I was there but you felt like you were in a dome; it's why I don't like the Upper Deck. The Lower Bowl did seem a bit nicer.

It's a nice park and Milwaukee is a cool little party city. Sucks the stadium is basically in a sea of empty concrete lots.

rookie
09-02-2012, 10:33 PM
This is my major dissapointment with Miller Park as well, the roof was open the day I was there but you felt like you were in a dome; it's why I don't like the Upper Deck. The Lower Bowl did seem a bit nicer.

It's a nice park and Milwaukee is a cool little party city. Sucks the stadium is basically in a sea of empty concrete lots.

I also agree with the roof comments. It's great that you can tailgating, but I like tailgating at the Cell better. Probably because it's easier to tailgate the closer you are to home. When I go away for a game, I don't mind paying extra for food and alcohol. I actually prefer it so I can find new things to try out. Going to Milwaukee for a Bucks/Bulls game is a MUST though. Definitely a good time (though some of the Bulls fans can get a lil annoying).