When I was younger I created small cities (See my city creation pages) but I started to get bored with them and looked for an interesting building to model. Since I love LEGO electronics, I wanted a large building that I could bring to life as opposed to just sitting there. My decision to build Miller Park (The retractable roof stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team) was very easy to make. I attended Miller Park’s groundbreaking on November 9, 1996 and took biweekly tours with my dad around the park’s exterior during the entire construction process. The park also has a complicated state of the art roof. I got building information from attending games in person, taking tours, and looking at other pictures and stories online.
After making the decision to build a LEGO Miller Park model in April 2001, I did some real basic planning. To capture the most detail, I decided to make the model three feet by three feet which was the biggest model size my room could handle. Since the roof was the most complicated part of the project I started building it and decided I would make the building based on the roof footprint. After completing the un-motorized movable roof panels I realized the project was going to be very challenging. Nevertheless, I started the façade and soon realized the scale was off. Even worse, most of my bricks were used on the roof so I had few left for the building shell and its interior!
I wasn’t ready to dismiss the retractable roof concept completely so I built a simpler retractable roof stadium around my soccer field set instead with inspiration from Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.
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Miller Park Version 1 Pictures
Version 1: Roof Closed (Notice the top panel would be too narrow)