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Baseball Season Arrives, New Business Ready

Game On facility has things to do, baseball, more on massive screens.

Play ball!

At Antigo Daily Journal press time, the air was smoky over Miller Park in Milwaukee, filled with the smell of brats, burgers and perhaps a bit of the city’s finest brews.

And it was “Game On” in Antigo as well, as the downtown’s newest bar restaurant and banquet center kicked off the Major League Baseball season with the giant televisions tuned to the Milwaukee Brewer opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“There’s not a bad seat in the house,” owner Randy Reese said.

From left, Kane Goerke, Jolene Zarda, Hannan Lindemann and owner Randy Reese are ready for today’s Milwaukee Brewer opener at Game One, Antigo’s newest sports bar. There’s not a bad seat in the house.

The sports bar was carved from the former Edison Club facility over the winter months and has purposely had a “soft opening,” working the kinks out as it tunes those big screens to the NCAA tourney, NBA, NHL and now, professional baseball in a state hot for the Brewers and hoping for a World Series bid.

“Game On” offers a full services restaurant, a 48 foot bar with 10 beers on tap, served in frosted mugs, and, most importantly for today’s crowd, a 16 foot main event screen and four ultra HD project screens.

There are also Friday night fish frys, indoor cornhole and plans for live music and shows.

Virtual game lovers can give golfs, pool and darts a try and those looking to stage an event can book a full service banquet facility.

In the meantime, after a long winter of waiting, it’s time for everyone to play ball.

“I think everybody’s zoned in on the season and they’re ready to start games, start playing meaningful games,” Brewers pitcher Zach Davies said, “and just get back to our normal routine.”

The Brewers are looking for even more after their first playoff appearance since they also were eliminated in the NLCS in 2011. Christian Yelich is back after slugging his way to the NL MVP award last year. Key relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel will begin the season on the injured list, but Josh Hader returns after his dominant performance in 2018.

“The depth is the thing I think a lot of us in here are most excited about, because you know you’re going to needed that depth throughout the course of the season,” outfielder Ryan Braun said. “There’s going to be a lot of good names in the lineup on a nightly basis.”

Source: Antigo Daily Journal, March 28, 2019 edition