Brewers discuss tinting windows at Miller Park
MILWAUKEE -- There was little consensus Friday after Brewers players and executives gazed skyward at a series of tinted panels on the troublesome bank of windows high above Miller Park on the first-base side. Since the stadium's inception in 2001, those windows have caused shadows and glare troublesome to hitters and left fielders alike.
The windows are necessary to let light reach the natural grass, so the Brewers have considered a series of options, including moveable curtains, shades or blinds. All were dismissed because of cost and maintenance issues. Officials now believe tinting the windows beyond the infield is the best option, and installed four different samples during the team's just-completed road trip.
Manager Ron Roenicke strolled to left field on Thursday and picked his favorite. Others will weigh in during the course of the homestand.
"It doesn't darken it that much," Roenicke said. "You just have to take that glare off. ... This will improve as the game gets later on a day game, and if we ever have those three o'clock starts or five o'clock starts. This will make a difference."
The Brewers will make a decision after the season about whether to apply tint to a wider swath of windows. The bank on the third-base side, which faces north, will not be affected.