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'Temporary situation:' Brewers, community leaders talk about economic loss amid COVID-19 pandemic

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Leaders from the Milwaukee Brewers and community met on Monday, July 20 to talk about the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the team and surrounding area.

One of the largest impacted groups are the Brewers’ seasonal workers. Businesses around the area including bars, restaurants and hotels are also taking a hit from not having fans at Miller Park.

A study released in February 2020 showed in the last 10 years Miller Park has generated $2.5 billion in total economic output for the state.

Brewers leaders say the economic loss for the team in 2020 is severe, but they are confident it will pick back up.

"This is a temporary situation and we believe that long-term the economic engine that is Miller Park will be revved up, revived," Brewers President – Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said. "Our goal again is that if we can’t have fans this year then we will pivot to talk about how to get fans in 2021."

Schlesinger said the team is continuing to find ways to involve fans virtually this season.

The Brewers' first game is Friday, July 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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