The Brewers invited infielder Erick Almonte to Major League Spring Training today, bringing to 13 the number of non-roster invitees to camp.
Just after noon, the 18,900 lb. sign was hoisted into position atop a 5,940 sq. ft. scoreboard already in place that will deliver high definition video to fans beginning April 2, when the Brewers host a prospect showcase at Miller Park. All told, the project will cost the Brewers and the stadium district $9-$11 million.
“It’s an expensive project, but we’re on time, we’re on budget and I think they experience we’re going to deliver to the fans will be worth it,” Brewers executive vice president Rick Schlesinger said.
The new sign is back-lit and features the familiar Miller Park script over a banner that says, “Home of the Milwaukee Brewers.” An extra component will be added on top at a later date to commemorate the ballpark’s opening in 2001.
The new scoreboard was designed by Daktronics, Inc. and will be the fourth-largest in Major League Baseball behind similar screens in Kansas City (the league leader at 8,900 sq. ft.), Houston and Phoenix. It’s an enormous upgrade over the 1,296 sq. ft. original video board at Miller Park, which hung over a 2,432 sq. ft. matrix board.
The Brewers expanded and remodeled their scoreboard control room to accommodate the hardware for the new video board, and will increase their gameday video and audio staff from about a dozen to 20-25, Schlesinger said. The team will work with three production companies on in-game graphics and features over the next month, but successfully tested the board on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday’s test run went off “flawlessly,” Schlesinger said.
“I know my heart was beating fast,” he said. “It’s quite stunning. It’s really amazing technology.”
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For you road warriors out there, the Brewers today released all of their away game times for the 2011 season. You can check them out over at Brewers.com.
The Associated Press today reported the fine print of the $1.25 million, one-year deal that was sealed last week by the Brewers and reliever Kameron Loe. The player will earn an extra $25,000 for 50 games, $30,000 for 55 games, $35,000 for 60 games, $10,000 for 76 games and $15,000 for 78 games. That’s a total of $115,000 in bonuses, as we reported last week.
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The Milwaukee Brewers today announced specifics of a lottery that will allow fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to Opening Day at Miller Park and other Marquee games prior to the sale of individual tickets.Beginning tomorrow, January 25 at 10 a.m. and continuing through Tuesday, February 15, fans can go to brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 4 against the Atlanta Braves. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to each of the other 15 Marquee games at Miller Park. Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. Winners will be notified no later than Monday, February 21.The ticket opportunity will include single seats and obstructed view seating. There is no charge to register for this opportunity. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park.Single game ticket sales will begin in late February (exact date TBD). Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and Marquee Games all season long with plans starting as low as the 9-Pack. Each 9-Pack includes nine Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day – the most anticipated game of the season – absolutely FREE.This year’s Marquee Game schedule includes Opening Day – April 4 vs. the Braves, April 8-10 vs. the Cubs, June 10-12 vs. the Cardinals, June 24-26 vs. the Twins, July 26-28 vs. the Cubs and August 26-28 vs. the Cubs.Fans interested in purchasing 9-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com for more information.