By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published May 11, 2021 at 5:21 PM Photography: Dan Garcia

Home games in Milwaukee are going to sound even more like home starting this month as both the Bucks and Brewers announced today that, in accordance with the Health Department, both Fiserv Forum and American Family Field move up to allowing 50 percent fan capacity. 

Both teams have been playing in front of restricted capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the Brewers playing in front of 25 percent since the start of the season and the Bucks playing in front of 18 percent since the middle of March.

In the case of the Brewers, the team will be allowing 50 percent fan capacity starting on Saturday, May 15 for their game against the Atlanta Braves. Full and partial season ticket holders will receive an email about options for the rest of the season. As for single-game tickets, details will soon be announced on availability for home games between Monday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 16, with information on the rest of the season's ticket availibility coming later this month.

"Fans have returned with great enthusiasm to American Family Field this year, and today’s announcement allows us to meet the demand for tickets and elevate the entire ballpark experience,” said Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger, in a release. “We have demonstrated to date that we can host fans safely at American Family Field, and we appreciate the support of City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Kirsten Johnson in increasing the capacity.”

For more information about American Family Field's COVID protocols and fan expectations, visit the Brewers website

As for the Bucks, the team will open Fiserv Forum up to 50 percent capacity – or approximately 9,000 fans – later this month in time for the team's upcoming playoffs run. Ongoing COVID protocols, such as tickets sold in pods and mask requirements when not actively eating or drinking, will remain in effect with potential updates coming as the playoff games draw closer.  

“We are excited that the Bucks will be able to increase capacity to 50 percent for the playoffs at Fiserv Forum thanks to the new health and safety guidelines by the Health Department,” said Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin, in a release. “It’s important to stress that health and safety continue to be our priority, and wearing masks and following other safety protocols remain mandatory. Our lives are certainly not back to normal, but this is a positive step forward for the Bucks, the City and our fans. We thank Bucks fans for their unwavering support throughout this unusual season and look forward to welcoming back more of Bucks Nation to Fiserv Forum in a few weeks.”

Single-game tickets for the Bucks' upcoming playoff series will go on sale starting Friday, May 14 at noon at the Bucks website.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more updates.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.