Brewers-Marlins series planned for Miami being moved to Miller Park
3:20 PM, Sep 13, 2017
10:16 PM, Sep 13, 2017
MILWAUKEE -- The effects of Hurricane Irma are now impacting Major League Baseball. The Brewers-Marlins series which was supposed to be played in Miami is now coming to Milwaukee. That makes the Brewers visitors in their own stadium.
Wednesday was the Brewers last "home" game before they kick off a series against the Marlins.
"There more important things down in Florida everybody's safety, baseball is kind of secondary to that. And I think you are seeing that right now," said Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw.
According to the Marlins their stadium is okay, but their workers and the area around Miami are still trying to recover from Hurricane Irma. Major League Baseball and the Marlins decided Milwaukee would be the best location for the games.
"The reality is it's not what you want, you want the games to be played in the original destination. But when Mother Nature interfers you react and you pivot," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.
The pivot means the Brewers are now scrambling for people to staff the stadium. Since there is such short notice Friday's game will work a little differently. The Brewers will only open the field level seats so there will be only 10,000 tickets available. Saturday and Sunday will allow for more than tickets to go on sale, 23,000, but the full stadium still will not be open.
Fans and plays say the change could have a big impact on the Brewers playoff push.
"Three extra home games in a pennant race could be huge," said Shaw.
"Good for the Brewers, good for the fans, bad for Miami, their situation," said Brewers fan John Zemlicka.
Tickets for the games go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. The Brewers say even though the know Miami would have gotten the revenue from the ticket sales, its up to Major League Baseball to decide what happens with this money.
The series being moved to the Brew Crew's home turf couldn't come at a better time for Milwaukee. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers were 2.5 games back in the NL Central with just 17 games left to play.