MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers, with support from the City of Milwaukee Health Department, announced on Wednesday, April 7 the return of tailgating to American Family Field.
Fans coming to the ballpark to cheer on the Brew Crew are now welcome to tailgate with those seated in their designated pods. The updated policy will be in effect beginning with next week’s series against the Chicago Cubs, April 12-15.
In March, the Milwaukee Health Department cleared the Brewers to begin the regular season at 25% fan capacity at the ballpark, with masks required inside. The health department has asked the team to post additional signage of the mask requirement inside the ballpark, too.
"The mask requirement stands in our ordinance. It is also very clearly stated in the Brewers safety plan," said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. "I do think they’re enforcing the masking quite well."
Milwaukee County's latest COVID-19 case count shows an average of 117 new infections per day -- nearly a 100% increase over the past three weeks. There is no correlation between Brewers games and the case spike.
Tailgating will be allowed at single vehicles for those sitting in the same seating pod. Fans will need to remain in the immediate vicinity of their vehicle.
As for enforcing that tailgating police, Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said a plan is in place.
"One of the priories for our organization was to try to bring a sense of normalcy back to our game experience," said Schlesinger. "I’m very comfortable that our fans are going to be responsible and if they need to be reminded, we will do so."
The return of tailgating was hinted earlier with a social media post featuring the Johnsonville® Famous Racing Sausages.
Parking gates will open three hours in advance of the game, except for 6:40 p.m. weekday games in which parking gates open two and a half hours in advance. For more information, brewers.com/tailgating.
Jeff Fleming, City of Milwaukee Communications and Media Relations, released the following statement:
"The Brewers have been reliable partners in the efforts to prevent COVID spread. The Milwaukee Health Department had discussed the resumption of tailgating with the team. The plan for tailgating includes safety precautions that the Health Department feels are appropriate."