MILWAUKEE -- For years, Cubs fans have turned Miller Park into "Wrigley Field North." Now the Brewers are making a modest attempt to turn the tables. Billing the promotion as "Miller Park South," the Brewers and Amtrak are teaming up to give 100 fans free transportation to the Sept. 17 Brewers-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Those 100 fans, plus an additional 1,500 who stop by Miller Park this month with their tickets to that game, will also receive a Brewers-branded, "Miller Park South" T-shirt. They might not be able to match the noise level of the 15,000 or so Cubs fans who invade Miller Park for each game between the teams, but it's a start.
"Cubs fans come to Miller Park in droves, and there has been a lot of talk about what we can do about that," said Brewers executive vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger, who announced the program at Milwaukee's redesigned Intermodal Station. "In addition to our 'Take Back Miller Park' effort, we thought it would be kind of fun to take part of Wrigley Field." Here's how it works: Beginning the morning of Feb. 20, the day individual tickets go on sale at Wrigley Field, the first 100 fans that bring their ticket for the Sept. 17 game at Wrigley Field to the Miller Park box office will receive a voucher for a free roundtrip ride on the Amtrak Hiawatha train to that game. Fans will receive one round-trip Amtrak voucher for each game ticket that they bring to the box office, up to a maximum of four per person, for travel on specific Amtrak trains on Sept. 17, departing from Amtrak stations in Downtown Milwaukee or Mitchell Field and returning from Amtrak's Union Station in Chicago. Tickets at Wrigley Field will be available for purchase at Cubs.com, at the Wrigley Field box office or by phone. For those choosing the in-person route, tickets go on sale Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. CT, and a random wristband system will apply. Via the Internet, customers will need a valid MLB.com account and will be entered into a virtual waiting room to purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Any account will do, meaning fans already registered at Brewers.com will be able to access the Cubs.com tickets section. To register now, click here to register. A tip: Fans who purchase online will have the option to print their tickets at home, perhaps making for a faster trip to Miller Park to pick up their train tickets. Brewers officials are expecting the 100 travel vouchers to go fast. Those first 100 fans receiving transportation vouchers will also get a T-shirt, and so will the next 1,500 fans who bring their Sept. 17 game ticket to Miller Park's "Big League Blast" retail store. The team is encouraging all fans attending the game to wear their T-shirts. On Sept., 17, Amtrak Hiawatha Train 333 will depart from the Milwaukee Intermodal Amtrak station at 11 a.m. and from the Milwaukee Airport station at 11:10 a.m. for an 89-minute trip to Chicago for a 1:20 p.m. ballgame. The return trip leaves from Chicago at 8:05 p.m. on Amtrak Hiawatha Train 341. Upon pickup of a transportation voucher, each fan will receive a map with directions to Wrigley Field. Fans can also enter for the chance to win two game tickets and two roundtrip train tickets for the Sept. 17 game as part of the Amtrak Hiawatha "Train to Win" Sweepstakes. In order to participate, fans should mail a postcard along with their name, age, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number to: Amtrak Hiawatha Train to Win Sweepstakes, c/o Milwaukee Brewers, One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.