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Miller Park sustains service-level flooding

A severe storm in Milwaukee early Friday morning knocked out power at Miller Park and caused what a Brewers official called “moderate” flooding in parts of the ballpark’s service level, including the clubhouses. But the situation should be resolved before Tuesday, when team returns home to host the Twins.

“We’re maybe looking to replace some carpeting in offices and the clubhouses, but the clubhouses were spared the worst of the problems,” said Tyler Barnes, the Brewers vice president of communications who was doubly affected because his own home took on water.

“The field apparently is in good shape,” Barnes said. “We anticipate absolutely no problems at all being ready to play on Tuesday.”

The team’s e-mail system was still down as of 10 a.m. CT and many employees were working from home. Barnes was preparing to head to the ballpark later in the morning to see the situation first-hand.

While stadium crews at Miller Park dried out, the Brewers were in Detroit preparing for the start of a three-game Interleague Series against the Tigers.

Bernie has a new landing area

Detail06 copy.jpgBack in Milwaukee, the Brewers unveiled the new “Kalahari Splash Zone” at Miller Park and sent out a press release with some details. Sounds like fun for those hot July days:

Following every Brewers home run, Bernie Brewer will make a splash in the new “Landing” area, which will send an explosion of water into the air. While fans this year will stay relatively dry, the feature can be adjusted in the future to send more water into the air, giving fans seated below an experience similar to attractions at Kalahari Resorts.

The Kalahari Splash Zone will be ready for use during the Brewers next homestand, beginning on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25.

Not sure if I’d want to be under that thing in April, but it’s a pretty cool idea. The Milwaukee County Stadium veterans will remember that Bernie used to slide into a mug of beer, which is now on display inside the Lakefront Brewery in downtown Milwaukee. 

(Photo is from Scott Paulus/Brewers)

Lights out at Miller Park

Please pardon the Brewers’ technical difficulties. 

The Brewers and Cubs were already well past the three-hour mark on Saturday night and Milwaukee reliever Todd Coffey was about to throw his first pitch with a runner at second base and two outs in the eighth inning when most of the lights along the left-field line at Miller Park suddenly went dark. The right-field lights followed shortly thereafter, leaving players and 44,428 fans in near-darkness.

Players left the field — the Brewers were clinging to a 9-5 lead but the Cubs had already scored three runs in the inning — while the in-house organist got to work. A Brewers spokesperson said the problem had been identified and could be fixed in 10-15 minutes.

By 9:30 p.m. CT, about 13 minutes after the outage, the lights began to warm up again.

The Brewers had a similar problem in June 2001, their first year at Miller Park. A Brewers-Royals game was suspended after the lights went out after a scoreless first inning, and the teams resumed play the following day with an unofficial doubleheader.

Shadows are tough today

I don’t know how well it comes through the television, but the shadows at Miller Park today are absolutely brutal for the hitters. Rich Harden just struck out the side, and it appears that the first-inning Brewers run could be a big one. These mid-afternoon start times are a huge advantage to the pitchers.

One of my colleagues just told me that the lighting conditions are so tough, it’s messing up the pitch f/x feature on MLB.com’s Gameday application. They’ve switched to manual input.

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