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Single-game sales begin Feb. 26

The Brewers set Feb. 26 for their Arctic Tailgate, an annual event that marks the beginning of single-game ticket sales, and released a full 2011 promotional schedule on Wednesday. 


Single-game sales will begin Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. CT online at, via telephone or in person at Miller Park, where hundreds of fans have camped for the four previous Arctic Tailgates. It’s the only opportunity to purchase some of the very limited individual tickets to the April 4 home opener — telephone and internet orders will not be accepted for that game. 
The Brewers are asking fans to note new safety regulations for the tailgate: 
  • Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon CT on Thursday, Feb. 24. 
  • No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood shall be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers. 
  • Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only State-Approved gas/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers. 
  • The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property. 
This marks the fifth year that the Arctic Tailgate party will kick-start individual ticket sales. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni will be on hand to greet the fans, the first 1,500 of whom will receive a hot dog and soda, plus an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt. 
If you don’t want to brave the cold, you have until Tuesday to register at for a lottery to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and up to eight tickets to each of the other 15 Marquee Games at Miller Park this season. 
Beginning Feb. 26, fans will also be able to purchase discounted parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park including the home opener.  Parking prices remain unchanged from 2010. is open 24 hours a day for ticket sales, but fans can also purchase in-person at Miller Park or via telephone at (414) 902-4000. The box office will be open until 5 p.m. CT on Feb. 26.  Normal box office hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday-Friday beginning Monday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 


The promotional schedule includes six Sunday, all-fan bobblehead giveaways: Closer John Axford on April 24 against the Astros (check it out at right), third baseman Casey McGehee on May 22 against the Rockies, Zack Greinke on June 12 against the Cardinals, the racing Hot Dog on July 10 against the Reds, infielder Craig Counsell on Aug. 14 against the Pirates and pitcher Randy Wolf on Sept. 25 against the Marlins. 
Other promotional highlights include: 
— The first homestand in May features the “5-County, 5-Day Celebration.” All residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties can purchase tickets at a 50 percent savings on all reserved seats excluding the Miller Lite Beerpen, all-inclusive areas, and the $1 Uecker Seats. 
— “Spring Madness, presented by PNC Bank” runs from May 27-29, with all seats regularly priced at $30 and less available at a savings of 50 percent (excluding the $1 Uecker Seats and all-inclusive Areas). For these three games, small Pepsi products and Klement’s hot dogs will be just $1 each. 
— In addition to the two annual tribute events — Cerveceros Day (June 11 vs. St. Louis) and the Negro Leagues Tribute Night (July 9 against Cincinnati) — the Brewers are adding another special theme night for 2011. On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Brewers will host a German Heritage Day, which will feature both the Brewers and Pirates wearing German-language jerseys (“Bierbrauer” vs. “Piraten”). 
— Little League Night is Monday, June 20, when the Brewers open an Interleague Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. All Little Leaguers in uniform who registered in advance through local youth leagues will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony. 
— On Saturday, July 30, the 13th Annual Brewers Community Foundation Famous Racing Sausages 5K Sausage Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. CT at the Klement’s Sausage Haus at Miller Park, with all proceeds supporting the youth recreation and education programs of Brewers Community Foundation. Participants will receive a t-shirt, a Klement’s hot dog, a bottle of Aquafina and a ticket voucher redeemable for one of 10 specified regular season games in 2011.
For the full list of promotional dates, visit the special section of
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Opening Day ticket lottery starts Tuesday

News from the Brewers:

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 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 for more information.  
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Gallardo ready to take over as Brewers' ace

After missing nearly all of the 2008 season with knee injuries, Yovani Gallardo was the Brewers’ de facto ace last season, despite not getting the Opening Day start in 2009.
This year, Gallardo is ready to take the final step toward becoming the Brewers ace.
“Of course, who wouldn’t?” Gallardo said of wanting the role. “It’s just one of those things that I think every starting pitcher would like to accomplish at some point in their career.
“It means a lot to me for the fact that two years ago I missed a whole year, and to be able to get this, this year, it just proves how much confidence they have in me. It just makes me push a little bit harder and work harder.”
With his first Opening Day start just two days away, Yovani Gallardo met with the media Saturday morning to discuss that role and his feelings about Monday’s start against the Colorado Rockies.
Last season, the Opening Day start was given to Jeff Suppan in place of Gallardo, with the pressure of the season’s first game given as a possible reason. Now that he’s been given the assignment, though, Gallardo is not worried about the pressure.
“I don’t look at it as pressure; I look at it as a privilege,” he said. “It is a privilege to me; it’s very important to me, and I’m very excited.”
Gallardo will go head-to-head with Rockies righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who finished 2009 with a 15-12 record. More impressively, though, Jimenez posted an ERA of just 3.47. 
Like Gallardo, the start on Monday will be the first on Opening Day for Jimenez.
Colorado went 92-70 in 2009, finishing just three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title and earning the NL Wild Card spot. With a similar squad returning in 2010, many have projected the Rockies to contend for a playoff spot once again.
In fact, some have even suggested they could represent the National League in the World Series. With that in mind, Gallardo is aware of the challenge he’ll face on the field Monday.
“They’ve got a good-hitting team (and) some good young hitters as well,” he said. “We’ve got work to do on that as far as scouting, (but) we’ve still got a couple days before we start doing that.”
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter

Home opener timeline

The Brewers sent out a schedule for tomorrow’s home opener against the Cubs so I thought I would pass it along to you:

12:00 p.m. – Parking opens to the public
1:00 p.m. – Gates to Miller Park open
1:15 p.m. – Brewers Stretch on Field
1:25 – 2:10 p.m. – Cubs Batting Practice
1:25 – 2:10 p.m. – Brewers Batting Practice (Cages)
2:45 p.m. – Pre-game Ceremonies Begin
2:47 p.m. – Cubs Starting Lineups/Chalk Line Introductions
2:52 p.m. – Brewers Starting Lineups/Chalk Line Introductions
2:57 p.m. – National Anthem (Joe Attanasio, Father of Brewers owner Mark Attanasio)
3:00 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch (Jeff Skiles, First Officer of US Airways flight 1549)
3:07 p.m. – First Pitch

Parking could be tough, so I’ll also pass along a reminder from the team that overflow parking has been arranged at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Fans may use the 84th Street exit from I-94 where they will be greeted by signage and staff. A $10 fee will cover the vehicle parking and shuttle services are free. Buses, provided by Riteway Bus, will be staged near the U.S. Cellular Gate and will offer service to and from Miller Park before and after the game.

Shuttle services are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and will run until approximately 1 1/2 hours after the game. Buses will drop off passengers and pick up after the game on the VA grounds. Fans should follow the path marked “Stadium” which will lead them to the right field gate. Tune to AM 1180 for up to the minute information.

Opening Day… and it looks like they'll play!

The tarp is being rolled up, players are stretching in the outfield and for now the rains that have drizzled down on San Francisco are holding off. It appears that the Brewers and Giants are going to try to start this game on time. I apologize for not writing a long string of blog posts about the weather situation and why the Giants didn’t schedule a rain day and oh-my-gosh-this-is-so-annoying… I figured I would just wait to see what the weather looked like at game time. Silly me.

As expected, here’s the Brewers lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Mike Cameron  CF
Bill Hall  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Jeff Suppan  RHP

Brewers' season pushed back 20 minutes

Just wanted to pass along the news that the game time for the Brewers’ season opener in San Francisco was pushed back a bit to allow for Opening Day festivities at AT&T Park. National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is now scheduled to throw his first pitch at 3:25 p.m. CT.

The Brewers’ home opener — April 10 against the Cubs — is unchanged. Braden Looper is scheduled to throw that pitch at 3:05 p.m. CT.