Brewers could move if $448m in stadium renovations aren’t done: report

Brewers could move if 8m in stadium renovations aren’t done: report

The Milwaukee Brewers baseball field needs a facelift, and if it doesn’t, the team could be looking for a new home.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, American Family Field needs renovations that will cost $448 million, and the state Legislature and Governor Tony Evers must approve a plan to fund the renovation.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred visited the city on Thursday and delivered an “indirect message” that renovations must be done or the team will move, according to the outlet.

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American Family Field before a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on Opening Day on April 3, 2023 in Milwaukee. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Brewers’ lease for the ballpark runs through 2030, but if renovations are completed, the lease extends through 2043.

Manfred cited the Oakland A’s impending move to Las Vegas while discussing Milwaukee’s future.

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American Family Field before a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on Opening Day on April 3, 2023 in Milwaukee. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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“It led to a drop in attendance which impacted the quality of product the team could afford to put out on the field,” Manfred said. “This stadium (American Family Field) is an asset.”

Manfred, however, is confident the Brewers will stay in Wisconsin.

“I think the Brewers are interested in a long-term relationship and a lease extension that will keep them here,” he said.

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The Milwaukee Brewers logo on a jersey worn by Kolten Wong of the Brewers against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on July 12, 2022 in Minneapolis. (David Berding/Getty Images)

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American Family Field, formerly Miller Park, opened in 2001 after the Brewers played at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1970 to 2000.

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