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Just warm enough: The Brewers Arctic Tailgate goes on despite subzero temps

Posted: 9:23 PM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-16 04:34:08Z
Brewers fans lined up in the cold for the annual Arctic Tailgate outside Miller Park. Some fans warmed up inside the ballpark, while others braved the elements in their tents and shanties.
Brewers fans lined up in the cold for the annual Arctic Tailgate outside Miller Park. Some fans warmed up inside the ballpark, while others braved the elements in their tents and shanties.

MILWAUKEE — It was almost too cold for campers at the Brewers' Arctic Tailgate but they were able to sneak it in this year.

The team will pull the plug on all-nighters if the forecast calls for it to get below 10 degrees and it was supposed to be right at the mark Friday night.

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, it is not stopping people from getting up early and showing up at Miller Park.

"I got here at about 4:45 this morning," said Ken Sullivan from Milwaukee.

"I got here just before 5 a.m," said Michael McKever of Waukesha.

They ended up the second and third tent in line. But one has them beat. According to their friend it is because they start sleeping in the parking lot on Wednesday.

Brewers' rules say the tailgate does not open until noon. But McKever and their friends for the hardcore fans that is just a suggestion.

"It's usually the same group, it's just something we do," said McKever.

For the first time this year, there was also an indoor section to the Arctic Tailgate. People could get warm inside playing bags or listening to a band at the TGI Friday's at the stadium. But despite the cold temperature not everyone went inside or even came with a tent.

"This is our setup," said Jessica Hannaman of Waukesha, gesturing to her four chairs.

"We don't need no tent," said Andy Ruskiewicz.

The couple doesn't even need tickets. They already have theirs. They just came to hang out with their fellow brewer fans and talk about going all the way this year.

"To me this is the start of baseball season tonight," said Hannaman.