What to know if you go to a Brewers playoff game this year

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers begin their quest for their first World Series appearance since 1982 Friday in the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

There have been a number of changes at the ballpark since the last time fans were allowed at American Family Field for a playoff game. Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

PARKING LOTS AND GATES

Pre-paid parking passes can be bought with your tickets and delivered digitally. You can also buy parking with your credit card or cash, but know day-of parking may eventually sell out. The Brewers recommend buying parking in advance to make sure you get a spot.

Parking lots will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday for Game 1, and stadium gates will open at 1:10 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 3:37 p.m.

TAILGATING

Tailgating cannot interfere with parking operations, and empty spaces cannot be reserved for tailgating. Only state-approved gas/propane grills with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal grills are allowed. No open flames or wood fires are allowed, per order of the fire marshal.

All tailgating must wrap up 30 minutes after the game starts. Parking lots close one hour after the game ends.

TICKETS

A limited number of standing room-only and obstructed-view tickets are still available for Games 1 and 2 in Milwaukee, and a small number of tickets are also available for a possible series-deciding Game 5 on October 14 (if necessary).

You can check for tickets on the team’s site or call the ticket office at 414-902-4000 for the most up-to-date ticket availability. You can also try third-party resale sources like StubHub or Ticketmaster, although those prices may fluctuate ahead of game time.

Everyone who goes to the game will get a free rally towel as they go through the gates.

BAG POLICY

Small, single-compartment bags such as clutches that are 9″ x 5″ x 2″ are allowed, along with clear single-compartment bags 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or smaller and one-gallon clear zip lock bags. Diaper bags (16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller) and ADA or medical bags (16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller) are also allowed.

Things that are not allowed: purses, backpacks, drawstring bags, tote bags, laptop bags, soft-sided cooler bags, duffle bags and anything with multiple zippers or compartments.

PRE-GAME ENTERTAINMENT

Drumline teams from Greenfield High School and Rufus King High School will play throughout the parking lots as people tailgate before the game. Another band, the 5 Card Studs, will be playing live outside of the Home Plate gate of the stadium starting at 1 p.m.

The ceremonial first pitch for Game 1 will be thrown out by Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker and former MLB commissioner and Brewers owner Bud Selig.

PLAN FOR EVERYTHING TO BE CASHLESS

Most concession stands inside the stadium no longer take cash, and none of the merchandise stores or mobile kiosks will take cash. If all you have is cash, there are kiosks around the park where you can exchange it for prepaid cards.

NEW FOOD ITEMS

The team announced six new food items that will be available at concession stands around the park for the playoffs, including a monster-sized “Bratzilla” and a corn dog-style brat. You can read more about the new food items here.

The News 3 Now This Morning team is getting you ready for the playoffs. Tune in Friday morning for live coverage from American Family Field with everything you need to know if you’re planning to go to a game this October.