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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- On Friday, April 24, Miller Park will host the "Border Battle," featuring a Midwest League matchup between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (the Brewers' new Class A affiliate) and the Peoria Chiefs (the Chicago Cubs' Class A affiliate). Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The announcement was made today by Brewers Executive Vice President - Business Operations Rick Schlesinger and Timber Rattlers President and General Manager Rob Zerjav.
"Through our partnership with the Timber Rattlers, the Border Battle will serve as a great opportunity for fans to see some of the Brewers' younger prospects play in a Major League environment," said Schlesinger. "We're proud to host a Midwest League game at Miller Park and to showcase the players who will play key roles in the future of the Brewers-Cubs rivalry."
The Timber Rattlers are the Brewers' Class A Midwest League affiliate and will begin their first season as a member of the Brewers Minor League system this year. The Peoria Chiefs have been an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs since 2005. They were also affiliated with the Cubs from 1985-94.
"We are very excited for the opportunity to play a Rattlers game at Miller Park," said Rob Zerjav, Timber Rattlers President and General Manager. "We hope to increase the awareness of the Brewers/Rattlers relationship while also growing the Timber Rattlers brand and fan base."
This marks the third time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park. On August 14, 2003, the Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers met in a Midwest League battle, with the Snappers prevailing 4-2. At the time, the Snappers were the Brewers' Class A affiliate, and the game featured future Brewers like Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn, Manny Parra and Rickie Weeks. The two teams also met on August 12, 2004 at Miller Park in a game that the Snappers won by a 5-0 score.
"Miller Park is one of the great ballparks in baseball and the Chiefs are excited about the opportunity to play there," said Chiefs President Rocky Vonachen. "This will be a great experience for both our players and fans along with the Timber Rattlers. It is also great exposure for the Midwest League and Minor League baseball. It's an opportunity to show the Brewers and Cubs fans what Minor League Baseball is all about!"
All tickets for the "Border Battle" at Miller Park are just $10 each and go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. In addition, all seats will be reserved. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com, or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.
Sponsors for the "Border Battle" include Associated Bank, Copps, Heinz Brands, and Pick 'n Save.
As part of the partnership between the Brewers and Timber Rattlers, fans can also take advantage of a special ticket offer, called the "Brewers/Timber Rattlers Fang-tastic Ticket Deal." Beginning Wednesday, March 11, fans can receive a Terrace Reserved ticket to one of six select Brewers games at Miller Park and a voucher that may be redeemed for one Reserved Bleacher ticket to one of six select Timber Rattlers games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, plus a voucher that can be redeemed at Miller Park for a Brewers/Timber Rattlers t-shirt, all for just $15. For more details and a complete listing of games, visit brewers.com/timberrattlers.
In addition, there will be an All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway featuring Bernie Brewer and Fang, the two clubs' mascots, during the Timber Rattlers' Opening Day on Thursday, April 9 in Appleton. The promotion is sponsored by Time Warner Cable.