Lack of stadium improvements could lead to Brewers leaving Milwaukee


The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly facing issues regarding ballpark improvements and stadium funding, and there is speculation that the team could consider leaving Milwaukee if these matters are not resolved. The team’s lease on American Family Field, their current stadium, is at the center of the negotiations. If a new funding package for improvements is not agreed upon by the fall, there are indications that the Brewers might start exploring options for a new home.

American Family Field is owned by the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball District, which leases the stadium to the Brewers. The existing lease, which runs through 2030, stipulates that the district is responsible for funding improvements that are present in at least 75% of all other MLB stadiums. Additionally, the district is required to replace or repair infrastructure items in line with the replacement items of the top 25% of MLB parks.

Earlier in the year, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers proposed a $290 billion spending package that included a deal to extend the Brewers’ presence in Milwaukee through 2043. This deal would have led to significant spending, with funding from various sources. However, Republican lawmakers, who control the legislature, rejected this proposal.

While the Brewers’ potential consideration of leaving Milwaukee may be seen as a negotiation tactic, similar to other sports teams facing financial issues, the situation remains uncertain. Relocation threats have been used by teams to gain leverage in financial negotiations before. For instance, the Oakland Athletics (A’s) are currently facing relocation challenges as well, and they have expressed a genuine interest in moving to Las Vegas.

The Milwaukee Brewers have been a part of the Milwaukee community since 1970, having moved from Seattle after a single year there. The ongoing negotiations and discussions about the team’s future highlight the complex dynamics between sports franchises, public agencies, and funding sources when it comes to maintaining and upgrading sports facilities.