MILWAUKEE -- A lot of Brewers fans will spend the winter cursing the Cubs, who won the National League Central by two games and sent the Brewers home for October. Those fans will not have to wait long for a shot at payback. The Brewers unveiled 2008 ticket prices and a tentative 2008 schedule on Thursday, and it begins and ends with those North Siders. The season begins with a three-game showdown between the Brewers and Cubs at Wrigley Field from March 31 to April 3 and ends with a three-game set against the Cubs at Miller Park from Sept. 26-28. The home opener is set for April 4 against the Giants at 1:05 p.m. CT.
The Brewers' schedule includes a pair of 10-game homestands and a slew of holiday home games, including Mother's Day (May 11 against the Cardinals), Father's Day (June 15 against the Twins), Independence Day (July 4 against the Pirates) and Labor Day (Sept. 1 against the Mets). In addition to the usual home-and-home Interleague Series against the Twins (June 13-15 at Miller Park and June 27-29 at the Metrodome), the Brewers are scheduled to host old American League East rivals Toronto and Baltimore and will travel to Boston's Fenway Park. Prices for season seatholder and individual game tickets will increase by an average of nine percent, the third straight year of price increases at Miller Park but the first across-the-board increase since the stadium opened in 2001. Last year, the Brewers raised prices on about 57 percent of the seats at Miller Park. According to the team, using standards set by the publication Team Marketing Report, the average ticket price at Miller Park in 2008 will be $19.90, up from $18.82 last season but still under the 2007 Major League average of $22.69. Aside from the $1 Uecker Seats available on game days, the cheapest ticket at Miller Park will be in the "Bernie's Terrace" section above the .300 Club in left field. Those tickets will cost $8 for regularly priced games and $15 for marquee games, up from $5 and $12 last season. "We place a high priority on keeping prices reasonable for all fans, and we're pleased to remain among one of the best values in all of Major League Baseball," Brewers executive vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. "We were thrilled to set a new all-time Brewers attendance record this year and know that fan support is critical to the success of the organization." Schlesinger re-committed to investing profits into the team's baseball operations. There will be more money than ever to go around this winter after the team set an all-time Milwaukee baseball attendance in 2007, drawing nearly 2.9 million fans to Miller Park. The Brewers will use the "marquee pricing system" for the third straight season. Individual game tickets for those dates will cost $6-$25 more, including the April 4 home opener, June 13-15 against the Twins and July 28-31 and Sept. 26-28 against the Cubs. For information about full and partial season ticket packages, fans should visit the ticketing section of Brewers.com or call the team at (414) 902-HITS. By renewing prior to Nov. 15, existing season seat holders will receive additional savings on their ticket plans and will receive tickets to "marquee games" at regular prices. The team's schedule is subject to change.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.