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Shaded Seats at Miller Park

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American Family Field will always be called Miller Park by true Brewers fans. Known for its fan-friendly atmosphere and unique features, including a retractable roof, the stadium ensures a comfortable experience no matter the season. Milwaukee has plenty of sunny summer days, and when the Brew Crew keeps the roof open, it’s important for fans to know how to identify the shaded seats at Miller Park.

Where are the shaded seats at Miller Park?

When the roof is open, the seats in the shade at Miller Park are located:

  • Right Field Corner: Shaded during afternoon games
  • 1st Base Line: Receives shade in late afternoon and evening
  • Upper Deck: Sections directly under cover are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Brewers primarily play day games (12:10 p.m. or 1:10 p.m.), late afternoon games (3:10 p.m.), and evening games(6:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m.), with a handful of other start times mixed in. Milwaukee experiences all four weather seasons during the baseball season. It’s about a 50/50 chance whether the roof at Miller Park will be open for any given game so it’s always best to prepare assuming it is.

Miller Park Orientation to the Sun

Miller Park has a similar orientation to ballparks in Cincinnati and Chicago with home plate facing southeast. The sun rises in the morning over left field, curves around the right field foul pole around lunchtime and sets behind home plate. When the roof is open, this design makes the 1st base side of the park the “shade side,” while the 3rd base side and left field are the sunny spots. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Brewers Early Afternoon Games

When the roof is open at the start of an early afternoon Brewers game, the sun is high above the right field corner. Even if they start the game in the sun, seats deep down the 1st base line should receive plenty of protection from the sun as the game progresses. Fans in sections 404-420 in the upper level, as well as 206-215 and 106-115 at field level, will have their backs to the sun for most of the game.

Seats behind the right field wall should also receive some protection early, although the trade-off is that they may have to deal with the sun later in the game. Meanwhile, most of the lower-level seats along the 3rd base line and in left field are exposed and should be avoided during a day game. The permanent roof section may cast some shadows on sections 428-438 in the upper deck, but most spots on the 3rd base side of Miller Park will battle the sun in the early afternoon.

Seats in the Shade at Brewers Late Afternoon Games

For a late afternoon game at Miller Park, seats on the 1st base side of the stadium are the best shade option when the roof is open. Even as the sun moves toward home plate, sections along the 1st base line have the sun behind them. The sunniest spots in Miller Park during late afternoon are in left field and deep down the 3rd base line. Sections 230-238 and 436-442 will receive a bulk of the sunshine at this time of day. Fans seated behind the right field wall may also have to deal with the sun staring back at them by the late innings of the game. 

Learn how to identify shaded seats at Miller Park

When the roof is open for a Brewers day game, the 1st base line is the “shade side” of of the park, while seats on the 3rd base line and left field are sunny.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Brewers Evening Games

During the summer, the sun in Milwaukee doesn’t usually set much later than 8:30 p.m. However, with quick games thanks to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, there’s plenty of sunshine during a 6:40 or 7:10 game. The good news is that there are plenty of shaded seats at this hour. Fans on the 1st base side of the park between home plate and the right field foul pole are safely shaded. Gradually, seats on the 3rd base line will also receive protection from the sun. The sunniest spot is behind the left field wall, where fans are in the sun for the longest and may experience late-day glare.

Seats in the Shade When the Miller Park Roof is Closed

When the roof is closed, shade is less of a concern. Miller Park features large glass windows above the 1st base and 3rd base upper decks. Late in the day, the sun can sneak through from above the 1st base side and shine directly on fans seated in left field. This is another reason to prefer right field over left if you’re looking for an outfield view. Otherwise, the opaque roof does an excellent job of blocking out the sun just about everywhere else in the park.

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Where to Buy Tickets

MLB operates the official Box Office for the Brewers. SeatGeek is the official resale partner for all MLB teams, offering access to a broader variety of seats, including those owned by season ticket holders. The Box Office provides access to unsold seats at face value plus fees, while SeatGeek may offer occasional last-minute deals and discounts on lower-demand games.

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