The Milwaukee Brewers keep the good news train rolling with the announcement that the team can open with 25% capacity at American Family Field for Opening Day.
Initially, the Brewers asked for 35% capacity to start the season. Last week, Milwaukee County officials had a walkthrough at American Family Field to go through the 350 page proposal and see how the health protocols would be enforced.
Ultimately, the county decided that they could open up to fans at 25% instead of the 35%, meaning the Brewers will have around 11-12,000 tickets they can sell for each game.
The Brewers haven’t had fans in the stands in Milwaukee since September 2019.
Who will get the first crack at Brewers tickets and will the stadium capacity increase?
Season seat holders will be contacted by their ticket reps about getting their game choices in. It’s unclear at this time how many season seat holders there are and how many will be available to the general public.
There is not yet a date for when single game tickets go on sale. Considering season seat holders will likely make up a large portion of the 25% capacity at the stadium, the amount of single game tickets that will be available is going to be quite small, so getting in line early will be important.
The Brewers hope capacity can increase as the season goes on and Covid calms down and hopefully withers away into non-existence. They’ll consistently re-evaluate capacity limits throughout the season.
What was that about tailgating in the parking lots?
The Brewers aren’t allowing tailgating in the parking lots prior to games for the time being as that was not approved by the Milwaukee County health commissioner.
Sitting in lawn chairs, socially distanced, and eating food in the open air parking lot is not allowed, but sitting directly next to each other in seating pods in the stadium with the exact same people is fine. It’s also unclear exactly how the “no tailgating” rule will be enforced by the team.
Having fans back in the stadium is fantastic news for the Brewers.
Just hours after signing Jackie Bradley Jr to a $24MM contract, the Brewers announced they would be able to generate ticket and game revenue to start the season, which is incredibly important to this franchise. Attendance in Milwaukee has been near the top in baseball in recent years and the Crew depends heavily on those revenue streams.
The fans have been missing the team and the team has been missing the fans. Players have said in years past that the fans give them energy and they love playing in front of the Milwaukee faithful. Without that last year, they had some uninspiring performances.
Even with just 25% capacity, that energy will be felt. The season is almost here, and fans will be able to watch in person.