Miller Park crews clear last traces of winter before Opening Day

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

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  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza(22) runs down a bunt during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Dustin Molleken (70) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Michael Olmsted (74) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Caleb Gindl(15) is thrown out at second base during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang (51) throws during Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Rob Wooten (47) bunts during Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Donovan Hand (48) bunts during Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson (29) throws during Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Elian Herrera (3) runs down a ground ball during Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers prepare to pick up dozens of base balls used in Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitchers and catchers attend a team meeting at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gannett (2) runs the 40 yard dash at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Jeff Bianchi (14) runs the 40 yard dash at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Adam Weisenburger (71) steps out in front of his teammates during morning warm-ups at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) watches his players stretch during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) and Kyle Lohse (26) share a laugh during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith (13) throws to fistbase during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang (51) throws to firstbase during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) and Marco Estrada (41) stretch during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) talks to coaches camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang (51) throws from the bullpen during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) warms up during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitchers hold a meeting during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) throws in the bullpen during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) walks to one of the fields during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) warms up during camp at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Hector Gomez (62) chases a base hit during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Jeff Bianchi (14) bunts during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher David Goforth (77) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher David Goforth (77) throws during a Spring Training inter-squad practice game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke greets the new team mascot, temporarily named Hank after Hank Aaron at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke greets the new team mascot, temporarily named Hank after Hank Aaron at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke greets the new team mascot, temporarily named Hank after Hank Aaron at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Miguel Yan (65) makes a catch against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mitch Haniger (75) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) scores against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco (21) swings the bat against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (18) scores a run during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Robinzon Diaz (66) scores a run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (4) leads off of first base against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) hits the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Robinzon Diaz (66) looks on against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Kevin Mattison (76) celebrates with Milwaukee Brewers third base coach Ed Sedar (6) after hitting a triple against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith (13) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (9) follows through against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) celebrates a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) slides safely into home plate after Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36) misplays a ball during the third inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco (21) celebrates his home run in the second inning with teammate Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Sean Halton (11) at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) slides safely into home plate after Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36) misplays a ball during the third inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of game between the Oakland Athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada (41) throws during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A scout uses a radar gun during spring training between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A scout uses a radar gun during spring training between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith (13) throws against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco (21) hits an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (9) turns the double play while avoiding Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (70) during the fourth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) comes home to score during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (2) is tagged by Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) while trying to steal home during the first inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) pitches during the first inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: multiple exposure) Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) pitches during the first inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) walks to the dugout against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Juan Francisco (21) attempts to bare hand a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) looks on against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A Milwaukee Brewers bat boy prepares equipment in between innings against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A Milwaukee Brewers bat boy prepares equipment in between innings against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Juan Francisco (21) is unable to bare hand a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) crosses home plate after hitting a fourth inning home run against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) slaps hands with third baseman Mark Reynolds (7) after hitting a fourth inning home run against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Fans attempt to catch a home run ball by Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado (12) hits a two RBI double in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Rob Wooten (47) pitches during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Rob Wooten (47) pitches during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of the sausage race in between innings during the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; The Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Donovan Hand (48) and catcher Adam Weisenburger (71) celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; The Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • -Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (2) at bat against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Jeff Bianchi (14) scores after a wild pitch by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Taylor Green (5) stands in to bat against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Elian Herrera (3) flips a ball to first base to retire an Oakland Athletics batter in the eighth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Sean Halton (11) scores a run in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Donovan Hand (48) pitches in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers won 7-2. Image by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE - Snow piles still dot some of the parking lots at Miller Park, one week before tens of thousands of fans will pack the stadium. 

"We had made a contingency plan to have a lot of snow removal, but luckily the weather warmed up so most of the lots are clear," said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers COO. "Obviously we're going to remove the big areas, the mounds of snow."

The snow takes up parking spaces and is a hazard for fans.

"The reality is I don't want people seeing snow in the Miller Park lots on Opening Day," Schlesinger said.

In addition to removing snow, crews are hard at work inside the stadium.

"It's amazing the amount of work that gets done in the last week or two before Opening Day. People are cleaning the ballpark, power washing; we're finalizing all of our construction projects," Schlesinger said. "Doug Melvin and his group down in Maryvale are finalizing the team roster."

It's a lot of work, but it's part of what makes Opening Day so special.  

"It's fun, but there's a lot of adrenaline and there are a lot of late nights," Schlesinger said.