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|Opened||April 6, 2001|
|Owned By||Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball District, Milwaukee Brewers|
HKS Inc., NBBJ, Eppstein Uhen Architects
The stadium was built with $310 million of public funds, which was somewhat controversial, particularly due to the fact that the team owner, Bud Selig--also the Commissioner of Baseball--was highly unpopular locally. Construction was subject to numerous delays. Groundbreaking took place on October 22, 1996, in a parking lot behind County Stadium. Construction had already been slowed--the originally planned opening date of Opening Day, 1999 had already been pushed back, and was delayed even further after three construction workers were killed in a crane accident in July, 1999. The stadium did not end up opening until Opening Day, 2001.
Despite the new stadium--and the protestations of the ownership that the influx of hundreds of millions of dollars of public funding would improve the team--the Brewers have continued to slump since the opening of Miller Park, though beginning to show signs of promise in 2004. The team would falter in the second half of the 2004 season, but as the 2005 season begins they are showing more promise than last year.
The stadium has a retractable roof, built in a unique convertible style, with the roof panels opening and closing simultaneously in a sweeping manner from the first base and third base sides towards center field. The huge roof explained a large part of the $400 million cost of the stadium.
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