With approximately a 90 minute drive from the northern Chicago core of Cubs fandom to greater Milwaukee, it’s no surprise that Brewers home games have long been a popular destination for fans looking for a chance to catch their team outside of the friendly (and often expensive) “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. It’s no different from Baltimore’s fans having to endure the massive influx of Boston and New York fans at Camden Yards (particularly when the O’s weren’t good – believe me, I lived in Baltimore from 1999-2014).
Now that the Brewers are on the upswing, management is doing whatever it can to curb their neighbors in the south from scooping up their seats and playing an ibso-facto neutral field game on their own diamond. Cue the restrictive presale that went out on Friday morning.
“It’s not that we dislike Cubs fans, per se. We just really prefer Brewers fans,” read a tweet from the official Brewers account, announcing today’s onsale for games between the National League Central Division foes at Miller Field. The presale is limited to residents of Wisconsin – or at least those with a valid address in the state to tie to their order. The presale allowed for anyone eligible to purchase up to eight tickets for any of the ten home games Milwaukee will host against the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.
“The Crew wants Miller Park to be filled with loud and proud Wisconsin fans when they cheer on the boys of summer against their division foe this year,” read a blog post announcing the specifics of the offer.
Chicago’s Twitter account was quick to toss a little snark back at their northern neighbors:
Reminder that EVERYBODY can buy #Cubs tickets starting Feb. 23 …
Even if you live in Wisconsin! ❤🐻 pic.twitter.com/apmiG9tJAD
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 8, 2018
No word on whether or not there has been a run on PO boxes in Wisconsin, or whether any Brewers fans who moved to Chicago for business reasons have put forth any complaints, but thus far everyone seems to have taken everything in the spirit of good fun. We’ll have to wait until the season kicks off to see how well the Brewers’ efforts fared. The teams play their first series of the 2018 season on the first weekend of the season – April 5-8.