Brewers fans brave the cold for Opening Day

CREATED Apr 1, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The roof at Miller Park was open just three years ago when temperatures were in the 70s! That certainly wasn't the case today but not even wind chills in the 20s could keep Brewers fans from enjoying their first taste of spring baseball beginning.

Fans all around the stadium before the game sang the same tune.

“It’s a little cold, but you know, it’s Opening Day," said one fan. "Worth it! It’s never too cold, go Brewers!”

With temperatures in the 20s Monday morning the parking lot looked more like a Packers tailgate. But the cold and windy weather didn't stop Brew Crew fans from showing their support.

“I came from Texas and I wanted to show my Bernie mustache,” one Brewers fan, who tattooed her finger, said.

But the air is much colder in Wisconsin so Erin Peschke prepared.

“I have tights on, three pairs of socks, some boots, four layers, a vest and my tutu, which is the warmest part of it all.” she said.

Packing on the layers like its hunting season instead of baseball season,.people at the park were dressed up like Eskimos, slightly reminiscent of the Arctic Tailgate back in February when the high was only 30 degrees.

Many tailgaters spent more time inside the car with the heat cranked up to combat the chill. But huddling around the grill for the home opener may just be a part of baseball in Wisconsin. Emily Naimon says it could be worse.

"It could be snowing," she reminded everyone.

Fans like Steve Redeker are thankful for that and for the retractable roof, because a closed roof means a warmer game.

"That's why we love this stadium!" he said.