02/20/06 11:45 PM ET
'Take Back Miller Park' set to launch
Brewers encouraging fans to help reclaim home advantage
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Hall and manager Ned Yost served as spokesmen Monday for the team's effort to "Take Back Miller Park," encouraging Brewers fans to buy tickets to games at Miller Park against the Cubs and Cardinals. Those games traditionally draw crowds heavy on opposing fans.
"You hate to feel like you're at a disadvantage in your own ballpark," Hall said. "It's always fun to send those Cubs fans for a long drive sad, but at the same time, we'd like to see our own fans."
The Brewers averaged 34,268 fans for 10 home games against the Cubs last season and 27,461 for nine games against the Cardinals.
"It's time that we let everyone know that Miller Park is not the second home for any other team," Yost said.
Single-game tickets go on sale Saturday morning and the Brewers are teaming with sponsors and public officials to distribute a "Take Back Miller Park" gift package to the first 3,000 fans who purchase tickets at the Miller Park Box Office. The gift packs includes a T-Shirt, Hot dog, Pepsi and chips.
In addition, the Miller Brewing Company will be distributing items during the morning's festivities and Midwest Airlines has contributed travel vouchers for a raffle. There will be free coffee and donuts, plus a live band to entertain fans in line.
"We aren't shy about our motive," Brewers executive vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. "The goal of 'Take Back Miller Park' is to shut out Cubs and Cardinals fans and fill the ballpark with our supporters for these 13 games. It's disheartening for the players to see their ballpark invaded by visiting supporters, and we're asking for our fans to take early action in helping to reverse this trend."
Tickets for all 81 home games go on sale at 9 a.m. CT. In addition to the box office, fans can buy tickets through MilwaukeeBrewers.com, by phone at (414) 902-4000 and at all Tickets.com outlets.
Normal box office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Brewers also continue to sell "4-Packs" of tickets online. There are seven packages to chose from, all of which feature a game against the Cubs or Cardinals and are designed to entice Brewers fans for those games.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.