Last fall, Brewers fans were invited to submit their ideas for an alternate Brewers on-field uniform, and the contest resulted in an overwhelming number of fan entries. After receiving nearly 700 submissions for the "Design a YOUniform" contest, the Brewers announced the three finalists as selected by a panel of judges. A fan vote to help determine the winner now open at Brewers.com/uniform.
"The response to this initiative was tremendous," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. "It's a contest that really has not been replicated before, and we were excited to see the creative efforts that the fans put into their designs."
The three finalists – two of whom live outside of Wisconsin - have been invited by the Brewers to travel to Milwaukee for Brewers On Deck at the Delta Center on January 27 where the winner will be announced.
The "reveal" will be hosted by Brewers pitcher John Axford and the winner will receive a trip to spring training to see the winning design on the field at a game.
Ron Verrecchio from Catonsville, Md., Ben Peters from Richfield, Minn. and Nicholas Fout from Madison have all been invited to appear at Brewers On Deck to discuss their designs. The panel discussion will take place at 10:15 a.m.
Fans are invited to visit Brewers.com/uniform to vote for their favorite design. In addition to the fan vote, a panel of voters including Axford, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will judge the finalists.
The fan vote will remain open until Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. and will count as one vote among the panel of eight judges.
The hats and uniforms from the winning design will be worn by all Brewers players and coaches at the March 22 game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Chicago Cubs. The winner will receive airfare for two, tickets to the game and $1,500 for hotel, ground transportation and other incidentals. The winner will also have the opportunity to select the jersey and hat worn by one player from that day, plus will receive 10 T-shirts and hats made from their design.
In addition, the Brewers announced today that the uniforms will also be worn at Miller Park on March 30 as the Brewers take on the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition game.
Merchandise including T-shirts and hats featuring the winning design will be available for purchase at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park and at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.