Hundreds head to Milwaukee for La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park

Baseball fans enjoy a tailgate with a La Crosse flavor

It’s a day filled with everything La Crosse, but the festivities take place on the other side of the state.

Hundreds of baseball fans from all around the Coulee Region boarded buses to Milwaukee Wednesday morning for the 17th annual La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park.

The first of more than 30 buses left just after 5 a.m. When fans get to Milwaukee, they’ll be a part of the largest community day the Brewers see all year.

“Well have brats, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and live music. There will be a raffle drawing. All that before the game, and then hopefully they’ll see a good game,” said Executive Director of the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Dave Clements.

The pre-game party is made possible through support from local organizations. With around 1,500 making the trip, it turns into quite the party.

“You have this sense of pride for our region, western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, where people just come together and go to a game, enjoy each other’s company and camaraderie,” said Clements.

Once inside Miller Park, fans will see La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat throw out the first pitch, and a local boy will be belting out ‘play ball’ before the Brew Crew takes the field.

As far as the game goes, fans will see a match-up of division leaders with the Brewers taking on the Washington Nationals.