Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park

Miller Park had a much different vibe than the first four stadiums I've visited. First off, it felt more secluded from the city than other Midwest stadiums. While I grew up attending games at a stadium in the middle of a residential neighborhood, I don't see this seclusion as a bad thing. The massive parking lots around the stadium accommodated a huge amount of tailgating and the atmosphere was electric. There was lots of grilled meat, drinks, music and games.

The stadium has two defining features: its retractable roof and huge panel windows along the upper deck. Together, these bring uncommon light patterns to the field and provide unique sight lines for fans. The covered areas behind the seats where concession and contest booths were located seemed to stay crowded yet navigable the entire game. The stadium was spacious and I could not find a bad seat in the house. 

Final Score: Cubs 8, Brewers 0

Pre-game tailgating.

Pre-game tailgating.

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Ben, right, and Andrew Bausch, are 5 and 4, respectively.

Ben, right, and Andrew Bausch, are 5 and 4, respectively.

From left, Esau Patterson Jr., Deunte McDuffie, 13-year-old Paul Ball and 11-year-old Amati Patterson attended the game together.

From left, Esau Patterson Jr., Deunte McDuffie, 13-year-old Paul Ball and 11-year-old Amati Patterson attended the game together.

Brittany Zimmerman reacts after successfully extracting a Jenga piece. 

Brittany Zimmerman reacts after successfully extracting a Jenga piece. 

Vendor Patrick Blunt juggles Cracker Jacks.

Vendor Patrick Blunt juggles Cracker Jacks.

Foul ball. 

Foul ball. 

One of many busy concession areas.

One of many busy concession areas.

Umpire Paul Emmel.

Umpire Paul Emmel.

Superfan Amber talks with Milwaukee Police.

Superfan Amber talks with Milwaukee Police.

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez throws a ball to fans. 

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez throws a ball to fans. 

Note: This guy attended the game with his grandfather. His grandfather said I could make some frames but didn't want to give me his name.

Note: This guy attended the game with his grandfather. His grandfather said I could make some frames but didn't want to give me his name.

Three generations of Brewers fans: From left, Mayra, Estela and Natalie. Their husbands all left the game early.   

Three generations of Brewers fans: From left, Mayra, Estela and Natalie. Their husbands all left the game early. 

 

Jim Krug and Sheila Krug leave Miller Park. Krug draped himself in a replica of the W flag that flies over Wrigley Field when the Cubs win. A Brewers usher came up to him and said, "Now I don't like to get partisan but if all you've got in 100 years is a flag, there's something wrong with that." 

Jim Krug and Sheila Krug leave Miller Park. Krug draped himself in a replica of the W flag that flies over Wrigley Field when the Cubs win. A Brewers usher came up to him and said, "Now I don't like to get partisan but if all you've got in 100 years is a flag, there's something wrong with that." 

A man holding a sign asking for spare change stands outside of Miller Park after the game ended. 

A man holding a sign asking for spare change stands outside of Miller Park after the game ended.