Miller Park Guide – Where to Park, Eat, and Get Cheap Tickets
Opened in 2001, Bud Selig's Miller Park has been an exciting home for the Brewers, though it hasn't recaptured the magic of its first major event, the 2002 All-Star Game. Its retractable roof is closed a bit too often, but it is salvation from Milwaukee's cold snaps.
Miller Park is a Cosy Little Home for the Brewers - via Flickr user Bryce Edwards
Still, with its little 'tips of the hat' to Milwaukee culture in the art, mascots, music, and food, this park is a fine host on behalf of the city. And since it's a pretty cheap park, there's a lot to enjoy for not a lot of money.
Check Out the Racing Sausages, the Original Racers - via Flickr user Benjamin Lipsman
Arriving at Miller Park
Alternative/Public Transport to a Brewers Game
There are a few bus options, and details are on the Brewers' website. But with so many free shuttles, it's hard to see why you'd bother navigating the bus system.
One alternative is to combine your pregame beer and food with a free shuttle to the game. Most of the places on this list have free on the street parking after 6 pm, so you can save some serious money. Check out the list on the shuttle map below.
If you want your own ride to the game, or if you don't want to bother parking, you can always grab an Uber to the game. If you haven't used Uber before, click here to get your first ride free.
Driving to a Brewers Game
First of all, parking can be a mess at Miller Park. The biggest problem isn't necessarily the tenner you would pay for the general lots, but getting out afterwards is a nightmare for crowded games.
If you're looking for free parking, your best bets are between 51st and 54th streets and also Wisconsin Ave (though these are all quite a hike from Miller). Parking maybe hard to find on these streets in particular, but they have a good number of side streets around them where you can park. Obviously you need to pay attention to the parking signs on that given street, and you will probably want to arrive early if you want a shot at finding parking, which is to be expected.
Wisconsin Ave. has Free Parking But It's a Bit of a Hike
Milwaukee may be one place where paying for parking has its benefits. The Brewers fans are known for tailgating outside of Miller Park that rivals a football game. Arrive early and park close to the stadium and your nose will be dancing to the smell of sausage. If you are coming from out of town it maybe worth paying for parking just to experience this unique pregame atmosphere. If you are going to tailgate, be aware of the rules and be a good guest.
Whether tailgating or not, finding a spot in the various parking lots around Miller Park can be a little stressful. Using a service like Parking Panda allows you to save money and save time by finding your perfect parking lot and booking ahead of time.
Best Food At & Near Miller Park
Save Money on Food
The best way to save money at Miller Park is to bring your own food in. You can bring in soft coolers with any food and drink, except alcoholic beverages. No cans, no glass. Plastic bottles are fine as long as they are still sealed. So skip the lines and the cost and just bring in your own food.
Another way to save money (if you are driving to the park) is to park at a nearby restaurant that does a food and parking combo. Then, eat and drink at the hotspot you've chosen and take the shuttle over to Miller Park.
Food You Shouldn't Miss at Miller Park
1. Brats: You can get them all over the park, and they are simply better than the sausages at other parks. The snap snaps harder, the juice is juicier, the flavor is more flavorful. These are the sausages you dream about when you feel nostalgic for the ballpark in mid-January. They also come with Secret Sauce. Who cares what the secret is, it's just that good.
2. Nachos... on a Stick: You never thought they existed. Once you've had them, you'll never believe you lived in a world without them. Beef and beans are cooked, wrapped on a stick, and then rolled in crushed Doritos. Then the whole corn dog-doppelganger is deep fried and served with melty cheese sauce, sour cream, and salsa. You can buy them by the pair near sections 106, 129, 208, 232, and 413. You're welcome.
Cheap Brewers Tickets
At this point, nearly every Major League team has some kind of variable pricing model where depending on how in-demand a game is, the ticket prices you'll pay at the gate may go up or down.
Sometimes pricing varies from day to day, other times it is a more formal "tiered" structure where when they are playing a big draw team like the Yankees, you'll pay a premium price compared to a perennial bottom-dweller who might be in the "budget tier."
So rather than focusing on specific prices and sections which tend to change fairly often, I want to talk about general rules and strategies for getting the best deals on tickets.
1. Compare 3rd Party Sites
SeatGeek is a big time ticket comparison site that lets you compare a bunch of different ticket brokers, marketplaces, etc. and find the best price for the game you want to go to. They also have a tool that projects whether ticket prices will go up or down - AKA whether you should buy now or wait.
The Retractable Roof Gives Miller Park a Strange Shape - via Flickr user Barrel Man Sammy
2. Buy Last Minute
If you've bought tickets online before, you've heard of StubHub. What you may not know however is that with the rise of print-at-home and tickets on your mobile phone via the Ballpark App that you can usually buy tickets right up to a couple of hours before game time.
As someone who has sold a fair share of tickets on StubHub, I also know that sellers are encouraged to set a declining price for their tickets. This means they'll set a starting price and then their lowest acceptable price, and StubHub will auto-magically lower the price of those tickets as the event date gets closer.
So in many cases, a game that isn't sold out will have plenty of below face value deals on StubHub that you can snatch at the last minute and then either print at home, or just use the App on your phone to get scanned into the game.
3. Avoid Craigslist
It's not to say that you can't find ticket deals on Craigslist, you can. It is just more of a peace of mind, safety issue. I'm a Craigslist kind of guy, but I also know it's easy to get screwed buying baseball tickets there.
Remember when I mentioned selling on StubHub? When you list tickets there, all you need to know is the barcode number from that ticket along with the other details on section, row, etc. - So when I sell tickets I never mail them to the buyer, they just print them at home and my actual tickets become void.
If I was a shady character, I could go sell those void tickets to an unsuspecting buyer on Craigslist for cash. The tickets look real, they are "real" in a sense - but what that buyer will find out is when they go to enter the stadium, the ticket scanner will say "thou shalt not enter thy game."
Don't be that buyer.
Stick to buying tickets from SeatGeek, StubHub, or directly from the team. You can still get deals and you never have to worry about being scammed.
Best Value Seats at Miller Park
Most of the time the Brewers leave their retractable roof closed, some fans say too often. So there aren't many times in the summer when you are baking in the sun at Miller Park. That being said you can still find some decent ticket values at Miller Park. I think the best view for the money is something in the Terrace Box sections between 419 - 425. You are going to pay a reasonable price per seat, and I think the view is better than some of the other seats that are close to double that price.
No Matter Where You Sit, Day Games Will Feature Weird Shadows - via Flickr user Sara
One thing to keep in mind if you only go to a couple games per year is that the Brewers designate some games as premium games, and those tickets cost more. A good number of these premium games are Cubs games. The reason for that is because Cubs fans travel so well, and Miller Park is just a stretch down the road from Chicago.
Here is my recommendation; if you are just a casual fan, don't go to these games. Cubs fans are generally obnoxious and really take away from your ballpark experience overall. But from a value perspective I think the view to price ratio is probably best in the sections I mentioned above.
Where to Stay While Visiting Miller Park
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Free Stuff at Miller Park
1. Bernie Brewer's Wild Slide - in days past, Bernie Brewer, the team's drunken mascot, would slide down a flume from his chalet into a vat of beer out past center-left field. But today, the slob's been cleaned up a bit, and he now slides down a yellow child's slide onto a platform. The effect feels less triumphant than you'd hope for, but still worth seeing once if the Brewer's can manage it.
Bernie Twirls His Moustache While Sliding - via Flickr user Jeramey Jannene
2. Statues of the Greats - outside of the main gate stand three statues to Miller greats. Hammerin' Hank Aaron, one of the sport's most important players, stands guard while Rockin' Robin Yount takes a swing, his muscles bulging in bronze. There is also a state of former team owner Bud Selig, who is immortalized for bringing baseball to Milwaukee, not for his antics as commissioner of baseball. Inside the park, see if you can find Bob Uecker immortalized.
The Voice, Bob Uecker - via Flickr user Jeremy T. Hetzel
3. The Hot Corner - along the third-base line is a concourse that offers a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. Find the Walls of Honor which pay homage to Negro Leaguers and the All American Girls' Professional Baseball Players (the only monument to these ladies at an MLB park). Also check out Autograph Alley, which features thousands of autographs from baseball greats and famous Brewers' fans.