Milwaukee Brewers fans show their mettle with Arctic Tailgate tradition

Cold weather didn't keep fans from showing up during the Milwaukee Brewers Arctic Tailgate event, outside the main ticket office at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Saturday is the opening day of single-game ticket sales. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COMTailgate02 01spt Wood
Cold weather didn't keep fans from showing up during the Milwaukee Brewers Arctic Tailgate event, outside the main ticket office at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Saturday is the opening day of single-game ticket sales. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COMTailgate02 01spt Wood /
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Sure, it will likely be very cold. Sure, there is no guarantee with the ongoing Major League Baseball lockout that the 2022 MLB schedule will be played as it is currently drawn up. But do you really think any of that is going to stop Milwaukee Brewers fans from taking advantage of the chance to tailgate?

From bratwurst and beer to ice sculptures and ticket sales, a Milwaukee Brewers tradition is returning from a two-year hiatus in 2022

The cold Wisconsin winters are simply a chance for Milwaukee Brewers fans to show others around Major League Baseball that a little chill in the air is not worth missing out on a chance to talk baseball and be outdoors (and enjoy some food and drink). That’s where the Arctic Tailgate comes into play, an event spread over two days that gives Brewers fans a chance to eat, drink, and sleep all around American Family Field.

Yes, you read correctly … the Arctic Tailgate includes the opportunity for Brewers fans to sleep over (in designated places and with plenty of rules, of course) and keep the party going into the next day. If you make it through the night at the Arctic Tailgate and you’re one of the first 200 to do so, you will be the proud owner of an exclusive “Arctic Tailgate” T-shirt

Beginning at noon on Friday, February 25, Brewers fans can enter the Brewers 2 Lot and start setting up for the evening and morning ahead. Six hours later, the party kicks off with live music and continues with trivia contests.

Rise and shine on Saturday, February 26, for an ice sculpture demonstration and more live music (beginning at 7 a.m., which seems way too early after a night of beverages and getting through the chill, doesn’t it?). At least there will be free coffee and donuts before the Brewers box office opens at 9 a.m. and people can be among the first to buy their tickets for the 2022 campaign.

You can read all about the activities planned here.

While Brewers fans would likely be glad to brave a multitude of conditions for the chance to tailgate, Milwaukee team officials have stated that fans won’t be allowed to stay at American Family Field overnight if the projected temperatures dips below 10 degrees. It’s going to be a close race with the thermometer as long-range projections show a low of 15 degrees that evening.

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There aren’t many places in the MLB universe where 10 degrees would be the cutoff for fans being able to stay camped out all night for tickets, but there aren’t many fans like Milwaukee Brewers fans either. And, with the team poised to make a run at a second consecutive National League Central title, why let a little cold get in the way of a good time?