UPDATE: The Brewers have opened up 13,000 more tickets for Friday's Brewers vs. Marlins game at Miller Park, meaning 23,000 seats will be available for the game. The team said that more than 30,000 tickets were sold in the first 45 minutes of sales Thursday morning. Fans can buy tickets by clicking here.
The high web traffic led to a temporary outage of the system. Fans who want to buy tickets should log on again, according to the Brewers.
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma is leading Major League Baseball to change the site of the Milwaukee Brewers-Miami Marlins series from storm-damaged South Florida.
Instead of Marlins Park, Miller Park in Milwaukee will host the three-game series from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17.
620 WTMJ will call all three games of the series with Bob Uecker on the play-by-play.
Game times will be:
- Friday: 7:10 p.m. (10,000 tickets sold)
- Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (23,000 tickets sold)
- Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (23,000 tickets sold)
Tickets will cost between $10 and $20 through here starting Thursday at 10 a.m.. Parking will cost $10. There are fewer tickets due to the lack of immediately-available staff for the games compared to regularly-scheduled games.
The outer membrane of the roof of Marlins Park was damaged, but not the main structure of the roof or the stadium.
However, the decision to play in Milwaukee reportedly hinged on the ability for police and fire rescue crews, along with other infrastructure workers, to help in the relief and cleanup efforts enough for the city to successfully host the series.
“Yeah, there’s probably going to be some effects to us on our schedule and the way our season concludes,” catcher A.J. Ellis, who lives in the offseason in Wisconsin, told the Miami Herald.
“But that pales in light of the years and years of recovery that are going to be made by the good people in South Florida.”
Miami will technically be the home team in these games, meaning Milwaukee will bat first in every inning.
The series gives Milwaukee three additional games in front of a home crowd at a time when they only stand 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Normally when weather leads to a movement of a series, a neutral site is chosen. Miller Park has twice hosted neutral site games in series:
- 2007: An entire Anaheim Angels-Cleveland Indians series
- 2008: A Chicago Cubs-Houston Astros game where Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter
However, there is precedent for the "road" team having to host as well. When the Freddie Gray incident sparked unrest in Baltimore, Tampa Bay Rays-Baltimore Orioles games originally scheduled for Camden Yards were moved to St. Petersburg, Fla.