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Miller Park History


  • April 6, 2001
  • Brewers 5, Reds 4
  • Roof position: Closed
  • Game time temperature (outside): 43 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Ceremonial first pitch: 6:55 p.m., Commissioner Bud Selig and President George W. Bush to Manager Davey Lopes
  • First Pitch: 7:17 p.m., Strike from D'Amico to Larkin
  • Hit: 7:28 p.m., Casey singles to center field
  • Brewers Hit: 7:56 p.m., Hernandez doubles to left-center
  • Brewers Run: 8:27 p.m., Hernandez lines a three-run double
  • Brewers Home Run: 9:04 p.m., Burnitz off Sullivan
  • Sausage Race Winner: 9:10 p.m., Bratwurst
  • Game-Winning Home Run: 9:55 p.m., Sexson's solo blast breaks tie
  • Roof Opening: 10:15 p.m., to Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathrustra"

Baseball's Opening Day is always a day of renewal, a day of expectations. But Opening Day 2001 in Milwaukee was like nothing the city had ever seen.

More than a decade of planning and four and a half years of construction culminated in grand fashion at 7:17 p.m. on April 6, 2001, when Milwaukee Brewers ace Jeff D'Amico fired a strike to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.

The Brewers' new state-of-the-art home was officially open for business.

And it truly is state-of-the-art. The signature fan-shaped convertible roof, a color replay board measuring 48 feet wide and 37 feet tall on top of a matrix scoreboard measuring 76-feet by 32-feet, and four choices of front-row seats on four different levels make Miller Park one of baseball's crown jewels.

Miller Park, where a fan upon encountering the brick facade and structural elegance can't help but feel the reincarnation of baseball's romantic past. Intimate proximity to the players, natural grass, and a unique configuration separates this ballpark from any in the world.