I have been building with Lego® since I was five and my collection has continued to grow since then. I'm now 26 with a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. I continue to build with my amazing collection during my spare time!
When I was younger I created small cities about 35" x 50" in size (More on that in the future), 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.
My first attempt to build the stadium started in April 2001 with Version 1. I started with the roof and soon realized that I didn’t have enough bricks to complete the job on the scale originally planned. I decided to use the retractable roof arch concept and build a small stadium around my soccer field set instead.
In June 2002 I decided to try the project again after doing a little research and deciding how to get started on the exterior. The project put my skills to the test, but I didn’t give up and ended up with a three foot cubed model. This model, Version 2, was completed in March 2003. Before completion I spent a lot of time trying to motorize the roof but I couldn’t find a way to get two Lego® motors to move a roof panel.
About a month after I finished Version 2, I finally found the correct gearing combination and motorized the roof creating Version 3. This was a major milestone but I knew I wanted to change and add several things even though I didn’t have the bricks or funds to make further modifications. In August 2003 I decided I wanted to build another city. I completed demolition of the model in December after taking four months to make detailed drawings on large graph paper!
After graduating from high school in June 2004, I decided to rebuild the stadium hence building Version 4. My discovery of bricklink.com definitely helped with that decision as I could now get bulk quantities of Lego® bricks for reasonable prices.
Starting in 2004, the Miller Park model was in my room in some form until it was put on display. When I see things that need to be upgraded they are added to a list and later put into the model. Unlike Version 2 which had a bunch of different sections put together to build the stadium, the current model is very interconnecting and has less symmetry so drawing it on graph paper was out of the question. Coincidently I found MLCad following a knee injury building Version 6. In order to get an exact CAD model, Version 6 was rebuilt into Version 7 during the drawing process. Both the MLCad plans and Version 7 were completed on October 27, 2007. The completed Version 7 model was first displayed at “TrainTime 2008” on March 1st and 2nd 2008. The current Version 8 model is 99.9% Lego and is not glued together with exeption of the roof panel tires to their axles. Four green baseplates have been cut to go around metal case brackets otherwise no other Lego parts have been modified in any way. Besides Lego bricks, it uses twist ties for wire management, string as steel cables, and a transparency for the main sign.
I have created this website to show the improvements I’ve made to my Lego® Miller Park model over time. All of my changes occur in groups so my pages outline what makes the newer version different from the previous one. Some things are obvious, while others require a closer look or seeing the model in operation!