My friend Danny and I would go to Brewers games at County Stadium during the 1999, we would bemoan the construction of Miller Park. The growing coliseum over the outfield wall actually spruced up the look of the plan. Maybe we didn’t need a new park, just the façade of one in the background.
“What’s wrong with County Stadium?” We would say. “I never thought it was such a bad little Stadium. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”
This all changed, of course, in 2000, when the Park held a preseason open house.
“This… is… AWESOME!!!”
I walked down to the seats directly behind home plate and stood as the roof opened and closed. The sound system sounded spectacular in the empty stadium, and was playing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
Towering over your heeaaaaaad…
If County Stadium was my beloved ’83 Chevy Caprice Classic, the brand new Miller Park was Jay-Z’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. The game lights were not on and as the roof rolled closed, shutting out the last crescent of daylight and leaving us in darkness. Epic. Awesome. Fuck it, this is definitely worth the price of admission, and a one-tenth-cent sales tax.
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile…