Ground crews prepare for Opening Day at Miller Park

Brewers open the season next Monday
Posted at 5:56 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 19:48:26-04

Opening Day is now a week away at Miller Park and crews at the ballpark are busy preparing for the first exhibition game this Friday.

TODAY’S TMJ4 got a tour of the field Monday from Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher, who said the grounds crew of about 40 people will be working day and night to get the park in top shape for the first pitch.

“No matter what we are always going to be ready for baseball here on Thursday,” Boettcher said.

The Raised Grain Brewery in Waukesha is preparing as well, as the brewery will have two of its bers sold at Miller Park for the first time.

“To be on a scale as large as Miller Park is a tremendous opportunity for us,  to help us get off the ground” said Co-Owner and Marketing Manager Nick Reistad.

Gary Anders, the owner of the Green and Gold Zone in West Allis says his business of team souvenirs depends on the excitement surrounding the team, which he says has been a bit lacking this year.

“When they start out having a real hot April, May is going to be nice,” Anders said  “A couple years ago they collapsed in April, the rest of the season was... let’s not even talk about it. And so the emotions really drive everything.”

The Brewers will give a look inside at the rest of the improvements at the park throughout the week leading up to their first exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, March 31.

Opening Day is on April 3, when the Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies.