MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers say a project to overhaul Miller Park’s food-and-beverage areas during the off-season will be the single, largest improvement made to the ballpark since it opened in 2001.
The approximate $20 million transformation is already underway at Miller Park and is expected to be completed by March.
Rick Schlesinger, a Brewers executive, said Wednesday the current concession areas and stands will be ripped out of all four levels of Miller Park, reconfigured and rebuilt. Team officials also announced that Brookfield-based Hunzinger Construction Co. will oversee the work and the Milwaukee-based Uihlein/Wilson Architects will design the project.
Hunzinger had a hand in building the ballpark itself.
“We feel privileged to continue our longstanding association with the Milwaukee Brewers and welcome this great opportunity for our firm,” Kevin O’Toole, executive vice president of Hunzinger, said in a written statement.
The Miller Park work is not the only major project Hunzinger has taken on in recent months. In September, the company was named the construction manager of two other prominent projects in Milwaukee: the reconstruction of the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Henry Maier Festival Park, which serves as the venue of Summerfest; and the entertainment block being built as part of the Bucks arena development. The entertainment block, lying directly east of the new downtown arena, will consist of a number of dining, entertainment and retail establishments.
Hunzinger has also worked on projects that include the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Pabst Theater.
As for the Miller Park project, restaurant group Hospitality Democracy will bring new local food to the sports venue. The tenants will include Zaffiro’s Pizza, Smoke Shack barbecue and AJ Bombers hamburgers. A new bar on the right field side of the loge level will have on tap 30 types of craft beer from around Wisconsin.
Schlesinger says the project planning has gone on for a year with help from fans.
The Daily Reporter’s Alex Zank also contributed to this report.