The Brewers home opener is a day like none other on the Wisconsin sports calendar. It’s an excuse to fire up the grill, crank some long-outdated top-40 hits, talk trash at opposing fans and be four beers deep by breakfast.
Okay, so there are plenty of days like that for a ‘Sconnie sports fan, but Opening Day is still a special event. The Brewers will follow up a season-opening three-game series in San Diego by inaugurating the home schedule on Monday, April 2. Here is what you need to know if you’re planning on attending the opener this year.
Brewers vs. Cardinals, April 2, 1:10 pm.
Hope you got them early. Opening Day will once again be a sell-out this season, although the team does still have a limited number of single seat and obstructed view tickets available for purchase. You can also try the secondary market, but be prepared for the usual premium attached to sold-out events. Plenty of tickets can be found on Stub Hub, for example, priced at 30-50 percent above face value.
It would hardly be a ballgame without tailgating. The parking lots will open at 10:10 a.m., with stadium gates opening at 11:10 a.m. Do not expect to get into the lots without a pre-purchased parking pass. And with temps forecast for the high 30s, the quicker the better on getting the grill lit.
Skipping the parking lot?
There are plenty of other ways to party before game time.
– Kelly’s Bleachers on Blue Mound will start their festivities at 6 a.m., serving a free breakfast between 7 and 8 and offering free t-shirts to the first 50 patrons. At the park, Kelly’s will have a party tent in the parking lot with games and full bar.
– Saz’s also opens up at 6 a.m., offering a burger bar and special Brewers breakfast items. If you overdo it a bit on the bloodies and jumbo brats, perhaps finding yourself unable to walk great distances, not to worry – the Saz’s shuttle begins service at 11.
– And if you don’t happen to have tickets for the game, you can catch all of the action – as well as specials on locally-crafted drinks and food – at Drink Wisconsinably on East National Ave.
Hey, there’s a ballgame on Opening Day, too! The Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals for the lid-lifter. Cards fans travel well, so expect a heavier-than-usual enemy presence for the match-up, which will see pint-sized Brewers righty Zach Davies face off against either rookie Jack Flaherty or Miles Mikolas, who played the last three seasons in Japan. Both the Brewers and Cards made use of the latest Marlins fire-sale this offseason, the Brewers adding five-tool outfielder Christian Yelich and St. Louis picking up slugger Marcel Ozuna. Both teams figure to be prime contenders for the postseason, giving every match-up between the clubs extra importance.