Construction Delays Force Back Milkmen’s Home Opener

Minor league baseball team will play first 16 home games in Indiana

The home opener of the new minor-league Milwaukee Milkmen has been put off a month because of construction delays at its new stadium due to Milwaukee’s recent brutal winter, the team announced Tuesday.

“The Milkmen’s Routine Field opener is now scheduled for Monday, June 24, against the Gary SouthShore RailCats,” said the announcement from the team’s owners and its league, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

The first five scheduled home series will be played in Kokomo, Indiana, according to the announcement. The original date for the home opener was supposed to be May 24, against the Chicago Dogs, in a three-game series.

“In our discussions with the Milwaukee group, it was determined that it was in the best interest of fan experience and player safety to move these games to Kokomo and allow stadium construction to progress in Franklin,” the announcement quoted American Association Joshua Schaub as saying.

Mike Zimmerman, CEO of ROC Ventures, which is developing the Franklin complex where the 4,000-seat Routine Field is under construction, says his group is disappointed but that “rescheduling the inaugural home game is a small price to pay.”

The release said a “flexible exchange policy” on tickets already purchased will allow fans “to make adjustments as needed,” and those who bought season tickets will get pro-rated refunds based on 16 fewer games at Routine Field.

The decision also will force the official cancellation of games scheduled for UW-Milwaukee’s baseball team at Routine Field. Those games were to start late this month and run through May 18.

The Business Journal reported in March that those games were likely to be moved to UWM’s Hank Aaron Field in Lincoln Park because of the construction delays.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.