Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Address: 201 South Forty-sixth Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Year Opened: 2001
Occupants: Milwaukee Brewers
The first incarnation of the Milwaukee Brewers started as one of the founding eight charter franchises of Major League Baseball, but even during their inception there were plans to move them elsewhere. After just one season in Milwaukee, the team would move to St. Louis in 1902, and the city would have to wait until 1970 for a replacement. What initially was known as the Seattle Pilots soon became the Milwaukee Brewers after the team left the Northwestern metropolis. The Brewers quickly became a big draw in Wisconsin. After spending decades in the cramped Milwaukee County Stadium, the Brew Crew received their own stadium in 2001 with the opening of the cutting-edge Miller Park.
Visitors to Miller Park are often immediately struck by the venue's unique architecture, which features a large fan-shaped convertible roof combined with a classic brick facade that pays homage to classic ballparks of old. The 12,000-ton seven-panel roof provides the perfect atmosphere in any weather condition and can be completely closed in just under 10 minutes. This can come in handy during the fall months when the Wisconsin weather can pose significant problems for the Brew Crew!
Miller Park is also extremely accessible to Brewers fans thanks to easy access from major freeways and more than 13,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the ballpark. The area around the stadium has also been developed extensively over recent years, with countless sports bars and restaurants sprouting up to cater to fans year-round. One of the distinguishing features of Miller Park is Bernie's Dugout, a zone meant for the mascot, Bernie Brewer. Brewer leads cheers from this spot and also rides down a large yellow slide, which is suspended above left field, after each home run.
Hot off the heels of their division championship and appearance in the league championship series in 2011, the tide has finally turned in the Brewers' favor for NL Central domination. Like many small-market teams, the Brewers have built a reputation of developing talent and giving the high-spending teams a run for their money in the pennant race. The Brewers have yet to win a World Series championship, but with the competitive squad that the front office has assembled, Milwaukee fans will be seeing a World Series trophy sooner rather than later in the Cream City.