How can such a beautiful ballpark have so many problems? I'm talking about Miller Park.
The obvious problems still involve the stadium's roof. It's only running at 60% speed and opening and closing is done manually.
Wednesday, the Brewers started with the roof open but club officials decided with potential pop-up showers in the forecast, it would be best to close the roof. In the process, it started to rain. The sudden downpour surprised the Brewers and the grounds crew needed to roll out the Miller Park tarp. The actual closing of the roof took 29 minutes to close according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
I took my two sons to the game yesterday. They thoroughly enjoyed the end result, but what they didn't enjoy, much like the other 30,000+ fans in attendance, were the unbearable hot conditions with the roof closed at Miller Park.
Every man, woman and child could be seen sweating profusely, myself included. Eventually, midway through the game, the outfield panels were opened, which provided some relief. For a facility that cost as much as it did, you'd think something could be done. If I were a season ticket holder, I'd be upset.
I'm not sure how many people feel the way I do, but if I knew ahead of time the roof would be closed under similar hot summer conditions, I would forego my trip to Miller Park. I'd rather sit back and watch on television.
The Brewers are hoping the roof will be fully automatic by July 13th. Maybe then, they can make air circulation and perhaps air conditioning a priority.