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Miller Park

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Miller Park is a baseball stadium located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and was built as a replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium. Following Busch Stadium and Coors Field, it was the third Major League park to be named after a beer company.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 201 S. 46th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Broke ground November 9, 1996
Opened April 6, 2001
Replaced Milwaukee County Stadium
Owner Southeast Wisconsin Professional
Baseball District/Brewers
Surface Grass
Construction cost $400M
($310M from taxpayers,
$90M from Brewers)
Architect HKS, Inc., NBBJ, Eppstein
Uhen Architects
Milwaukee Brewers (2001-present)
Seating capacity
43,000 (2001)
Left Field - 344 ft
Left-Center - 370 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right-Center - 374 ft
Right Field - 345 ft
Backstop - 56 ft

Miller Park was built with $310 million of public funds, which was controversial, particularly due to the fact that the team owner, Bud Selig also the Commissioner of Baseball was highly unpopular locally. Construction was subject to numerous delays. Groundbreaking took place on October 22, 1996, in a parking lot behind County Stadium.

Construction had already been slowed, and the originally planned opening date of Opening Day 1999 had already been pushed back and was delayed even further after three construction workers were killed in a crane accident in July 1999. The stadium did not open until Opening Day 2001.

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Taken by Jeramey Jannene during a Milwaukee Brewers game on the 5th of September last year. The game was against the Cinncinati Reds..

Photo by Jeramey Jannene, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License v. 2.0.


04/06/2001 Reds 4, Brewers 5
Umpires Bruce Froemming, Gerry Davis
  Derryl Cousins, Jeff Nelson
Managers Davey Lopes, Brewers
  Bob Boone, Reds
Ceremonial Pitch President George Bush Jr.
  Commissioner Bud Selig
Starting Pitchers Jeff D'Amico, Brewers
  Rob Bell, Reds
Attendance 42,024
Batter Barry Larkin (groundout)
Hit Sean Casey (single)
Run Barry Larkin
RBI Michael Tucker
Single Sean Casey
Double Jose Hernandez
Triple Jeff D'Amico (04/12/2001)
Home Run Michael Tucker
Grand Slam Jose Hernandez (04/12/2001)
IPHR Fernando Vina (10/02/2001)
Stolen Base Ron Belliard
Sacrifice Hit Tony Fernandez (04/08/2001)
Sacrifice Fly Geoff Jenkins (04/07/2001)
Cycle Chad Moeller (04/27/2004)
Win David Weathers
Loss Dennys Reyes
Shutout Jose Lima, Billy Wagner (04/10/2001)
Save Billy Wagner (04/10/2001)
Hit by Pitch Jeff D'Amico hit Pokey Reese
Wild Pitch Pete Harnisch (04/07/2001)
Balk Jon Lieber (05/07/2001)
No-Hitter (None)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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Old County Stadium (top) and the construction of Miller Park as seen from space!

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