MILWAUKEE -- On Sunday, Jan. 27, thousands of Milwaukee Brewers fans from across state came to the Wisconsin Center for "Brewers On Deck," sold out for the first time.
"Milwaukee fans have always been loyal fans, no matter what," said Mike Krebs, from Beaver Dam.
More than 14,000 baseball fanatics piled into the Wisconsin Center for the annual celebration, as did more than 40 players, including the Brew Crew's newest member, Yasmani Grandal. The event also featured more than 30 coaches, alumni, broadcasters and executives.
"I'm so excited to be so close to the players," said Kelly Nowak, from Appleton.
The winter festival got fans hyped up for the season, with opportunities to get player autographs, buy some Brewers merchandise, with a full setup from the Brewers Team Store, and even check out memorabilia from the Brewers' historic 2018 season. There were activities for fans of all ages, including game shows and Q&A sessions on the main stage, batting and pitching clinics for kids, a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media, a Brewers Community Foundation live auction and 50/50 raffle and photo sessions with players, coaches and alumni.
Additionally, the Brewers collected peanut butter for the Hunger Task Force.
"It's a lot of fun, a lot of adrenaline. I love it," said Ryan Druyer, from New Berlin.
Some fans were so excited, they lined up outside -- facing the subzero temperatures just to be one of the first in line.
"Feet are very cold, but to me, it's worth it," said Druyer. "6:15 in the morning, we waited outside for a little waiting to get in."
Tickets for the event went on sale in September. The event was sold out for the first time, thanks, in part to the team's success in 2018.
"This holiday season, we really noticed the spike in ticket sales, and we thought, 'you know what? This is really something,'" said Aleta Mercer, VP of broadcasting.
With spring training right around the corner, these baseball lovers said they can't wait for what the 2019 season has in store.
"Baseball reaches every generation, so it doesn't surprise me, because everyone is a baseball fan. World Series would be great!" said Nowak.
Fans at the event said they hoped the event's success would set the tone for the season ahead.
The Milwaukee Brewers first spring training game is Feb. 23, and opening day is March 28 versus the St. Louis Cardinals.