By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 07, 2021 at 11:41 AM Photography: Dan Garcia

Last Thursday marked Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers – but not for fans' grills in the parking lot due to the team's COVID precautions banning tailgating at the start of the season. However, after a Twitter tease on Wednesday morning, the team officially announced today that the beloved pregame tradition is back at Brewers games this year.

Beginning with the team's next home series – starting Monday, April 12, against the rival Chicago Cubs – American Family Field will allow tailgating in its lots (save for employee lots) for home games throughout the rest of the season. 

Rules will be in place to make tailgating as safe as possible and try to limit the spread of COVID-19 – including fans needing to remain in the immediate vacinity of their vehicles and tailgating groups limited to only those sitting in the same seating pod for the game at a single vehicle. As with before the pandemic, tailgating in the lots must end 30 minutes after the game starts.

For a full list of other tailgating rules and general information, click here

“Tailgating is a Wisconsin tradition; it is how we begin our day at the ballpark,” said Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger, in a release. “We have been in regular contact with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, and the opening series was operationally sound. With safety protocols and our fans’ diligence, we are now able to bring back tailgating for those within a seating pod.

"We appreciate the fans’ patience as we take another step in our efforts to provide the best fan experience in sports."

For more Brewers updates, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee. 

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.