Originally Posted by Mutaman
Wisconsin folks didn't take kindly to seeing the Braves steal out of town in the 60s, and it took a long long time for them to warm up to the Brewers. And Milwuakee was never an American League city. Plus the weather was always a factor until the new stadium was built. Baseball is not a cold weather game.
Makes sense. The Brewers benefitted by coming back to the NL and gaining the Cubs and 9 guaranteed sellouts a year.
Also I think the value of a retratable stadium is a lot higher now than even 10 years ago in the hot weather and cold weather cities. With the advent of cheap, large screen HD LED TVs, all the home games being televised and ever higher ticket prices across the board (and more importantly the absurb rise in cost of concessions over inflation especially if you have a family). Just not as much reason for many to take a chance on attending a live MLB game if the weather conditions are going to be at all a factor in detracting from the experience. Not most fans, but enough at the margin to matter.
My understanding is the Brewers have a lot of amenities in the immediate area and a great game day atmosphere. However, I still think the Brewers attendance is going to nosedive as the quality of the product on the field continues to occupy last place in the NL Central for the next few seasons (Seattle is a good comp).