Miller Park is transformed and ready for soccer

CREATED Jul 15, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Miller Park has had a dramatic transformation this week. The pitcher’s mound is gone and the base paths are covered with sod. A huge international soccer game will be played Wednesday night.

More than 30,000 are expected for the first every professional soccer game at Miller Park and Graciano Romero will be watching with his wife and two sons.

“Yeah, I will be here,” said Romero. “I will be here tomorrow. I will not miss this game.”

Miller Park was converted to a soccer field for a pitch between Mexico’s Chivas and the English team Swansea City. Organizers hope to tap into the recent World Cup fever

“Just like what you saw in Brazil. We are going to bring it right here in Milwaukee,” said Gabe Gabor with Major League Soccer.

Asked why Milwaukee, Gabor said, “It’s a terrific stadium; we know there’s a growing Hispanic population and a growing love for the sport of soccer.” 

Hundreds showed up to watch Chivas practice, including 8-year old Nancy Reyes.  She’s a soccer fan and the Chivas are her favorite team. There’s a reason her team is so popular in Mexico, they win a lot.

Romer: They are number one in Mexico.

Benson : Are they the Packers of Mexico?

Romero: Similar, something like that.

Just how good are the Chivas compared to our Packers? Well they’ve won 11 Championships, the Packers 13.

For  Chivas players, Miller Park is already starting to feel like a home game.

Yeah, thank God, we are one of the most popular teams in America,” said Chivas Goalie Jose Antonio Rodriguez.