Basketball at American Family Field?

Hoops fans will be snacking on peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Basketball is coming to American Family Field. The home of the Milwaukee Brewers will host the Aurora Health Care Brew City Battle on Nov. 11. The early season college basketball doubleheader will add a signature event to the opening week of the 2022-23 college basketball season with the Wisconsin men taking on Stanford and the Wisconsin women squaring off against Kansas State.

This marks the first time that American Family Field, formerly known as Miller Park, will be the site of a college basketball event in its 21-year history and the first time in nearly seven years since a game was last staged in a baseball-only park. That event, called the “Bill Walton Basketball Festival,” was a multi-day event that culminated with a featured matchup between San Diego State and San Diego at open-air Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.


 

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The Brew City Battle at American Family Field will be played in a temperature-controlled environment, taking advantage of the ballpark’s retractable roof. “This is going to be a day that Wisconsin sports fans can’t miss,” Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said. “We have hosted many diverse events at American Family Field, from professional soccer to bowling, and we are excited to bring the electric atmosphere of Wisconsin Badgers basketball into one of the best fan environments in sports.” The basketball court will be positioned across the infield, with center court near the pitcher’s mound.

Temporary seating will be installed just beyond second base along with additional field-level seating around the court. In addition, nearly all the existing seating areas of American Family Field will be available. Tickets for the Aurora Health Care Brew City Battle will go on sale July 26. Fans can visit brewers.com/basketball for more information.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.