MILWAUKEE (WAOW) – Less than a week after slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Monday that each fan attending games at Miller Park in August will receive a free voucher worth $10.
Owner Mark Attanasio said the vouchers will be handed out at 12 games and can be used for concessions, merchandize or game tickets. The vouchers can also be combined, meaning friends and family members – or people attending multiple games – can use them for larger purchases.
“This has been a challenging season for all of us,” Attanasio said in a statement. “But the one thing that has never wavered has been the tremendous support we have received from fans who love the Brewers. We wanted to do something meaningful to show our appreciation.”
Besides Major League Baseball's suspension of Braun for using performance-enhancing drugs, the Brewers are mired in a losing season and currently are in last place in the National League Central Division with a 43-61 won-lost record. The team blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning on Sunday and lost to San Diego 6-5.
If attendance at home games in August averages about 30,000 fans, the Brewers expect to distribute $3.6 million worth of vouchers, Attanasio said.
The voucher give-away could be a first for a major professional sport in the U.S., the owner said.