For the first time in 557 days, Brewers fans are back in person

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – For the first time in 557 days, baseball fans in Milwaukee had a chance to watch the Brewers play in person.

The opening day crowd of 10,000 and change was met with a number of restrictions and differences at the newly named American Family Field, including some of the following:

  • No tailgating is going to be allowed in the parking lot to start the year as part of the team’s coronavirus safety protocols.
  • Cash will not be accepted anywhere in the park.
  • Masks will be required at all times inside the stadium except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Food and drinks can only be consumed while inside your seating pod.
  • No bags or purses are allowed. The only bags allowed are wristlets or clutches that are 9″ x 5″ x 2″ or smaller, ADA/medical bags and diaper bags.
However, those who had a chance to attend Thursday’s game say the restrictions are worth it in order to see a game in person.
We’re very happy we get to be here period,” said Dennis Derow of Madison. “When tailgating happens, we’ll be ready for that too.”

It’s exciting, it feels like a fresh new start here,” said Curtis Wollin, who says he’s been to every home opener for the last 14 years. “Brewers fans are so amazing that 25 percent capacity will feel like 100 percent capacity with how loud it’s going to get in there. I feel like it’ll be a playoff atmosphere today.”
Some fans say they took advantage of nearby restaurants to recreate the tailgating experience.
“It’s just nice to be out and social,” said Brewer fan Adam Alexander. “It is a different vibe around here, but it’s still baseball.”
It’s going to be kind of a different experience not having 50,000 people here, but it’s baseball,” said Jason Warzynski. “It’s back, it’s spring, it’s sunny, it’s beautiful, it’s going to be a great day.”