MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced a new plan to keep Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee County for another two decades. The plan is part of the Governor’s biennial budget proposal and invests a portion of the largest surplus in state history to ensure the team remains in Milwaukee County through 2043.
“The Brewers have been a wonderful partner to Milwaukee County from investing in our parks, gifting new amenities to baseball diamonds throughout the county, and encouraging the next generation of major leaguers to fall in love with the sport,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “Governor Evers’ budget will keep the Brewers in our region for another twenty years. Not only are the Brewers committed to improving Milwaukee County, but they are also undoubtedly an economic catalyst that other businesses and workers rely on throughout the year to be successful.”
Under the plan, the state will provide a one-time investment of $290 million to the baseball park district from the state’s historic $7 billion surplus to maintain, repair, and improve the baseball park facilities at American Family Field. The funds ensure the baseball district can meet its existing lease obligations and responsibilities to the Brewers. The Governor’s budget proposal is projected to save taxpayers over $200 million over the lease term of the Milwaukee Brewers while generating more than $400 million in revenue over the next 20 years.
“In order to move Milwaukee County forward and improve life for our residents we need strong partners at every level of government. We are ready to be a strong partner with the Governor and the state legislature to improve the quality of life for our residents,” concluded Crowley.