'World Series or bust!' Brewers fans excited to get season started
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While the World Series may be several months away, Opening Day for Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers will officially take place on April 7 after MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow the lockout to end and the season to start.
"I'm looking forward to this and I'm glad they decided to come back," said Mequon resident Greg Sniadach, who was at American Family Field Friday purchasing tickets for himself and his grandson to attend a game later in the season. "Nothing like a hot summer day taking your kid here, having a little tailgate party and talking baseball with them."
Nick Nelson isn't waiting quite as long to catch a game.
"I am here to get tickets for Opening Day and the whole weekend," explained Nelson, a Menomonee Falls resident that made the trip north to American Family Field on Friday. "I am stoked."
Opening Day at American Family Field will take place a week after the season starts for the Brewers. The team is set to host the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, April 14. That's '414 Day' in Milwaukee and the Brewers decided to celebrate that by selling 5,000 tickets for just $4.14 to the game to honor the city and fans.
Once the exciting news broke of the MLB lockout ending, fans had purchased over 20,000 tickets in less than 90 minutes after the sale started. That being said, the team announced on March 11 that they are now sold out of their "414" ticket special for the 5,000 seats in the terrace level.
There are still tickets available for several seats, but the availability is limited.
Nelson says it's a relief that the lockout has been lifted and that he and fellow Brewers fans will be able to watch baseball in April, rather than later into the season like he originally expected.
"I had belief, but I didn't think it was going to happen this soon," Nelson said, talking about when agreement between MLB and the MLBPA would be reached. "I thought it was maybe in June or July, but I'm ready. I'm ready to go right now! World Series or bust!"
As for Sniadach, he's just excited to watch some Brewers baseball.
"It'll be fun to watch them," Sniadach said, adding his relief that the lockout is over with. "Let's get the first pitch out and let's watch the Brewers!"
Spring camp will begin on Sunday with the Brewers' first exhibition game is scheduled for March 18.