Signs of spring visible in Milwaukee area

Posted at 12:35 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 13:37:52-05

Signs of the coming spring weather were visible around the Milwaukee area Friday morning.

At Miller Park, fans camped out along the facility’s left field entrances in anticipation of this weekend's Arctic Tailgate.

The Arctic Tailgate, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, marks the start of Brewers single game ticket sales.

“I got here last night,” said Stephen Fredelake, of Milwaukee.

Fredelake said the sunny skies and 30 degree temperatures were a welcome change from previous tailgates at Miller Park.

Last year, the Brewers prohibited fans from camping outside to buy tickets because it was so cold.

“This is shorts weather,” Fredelake joked. “I do this for the experience and, most importantly, for opening day tickets,” he said.

Single game tickets for opening day will only be available to buy in person. Tickets for other games can be purchased by phone or online.

The Brewers said there are a very limited number of opening day tickets left.

“I’m a die-hard Brewers fan through thick and thin,” Fredelake said. “So for me, this is one of the best times of the year. When you think of baseball, you think of summer and of tailgating outside.”

Others in the area opted to use the warmer temperatures to hit the golf course.

Allan Cabanatuan and Casey Enk were the first two people to tee off at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Glendale.

“I’m really excited and want to get after it,” Cabanatuan said. “It's pretty crazy there's no snow on the ground.”

Enk said golfing in February has the two men dreaming of spring weather.

“It kind of gives you a glimpse at warmer weather, better times and getting to spend time outside,” he said. “It’s just fun getting out here, the camaraderie of golfing, getting away from everything and hitting some golf balls."

Milwaukee County said Grant Park Golf Course, in South Milwaukee, was also open Friday. Both courses will be open and taking reservations through the weekend.