Crew opens 2017 at home against Rockies

Crew opens 2017 at home against Rockies

CINCINNATI -- Ah, the Opening Day traditions in Milwaukee. Bratwurst, cold beer and the Colorado Rockies.

For the second time in three years and the fourth time this decade, the Rockies will visit Miller Park for 2017 Opening Day on Monday, April 3, at 1:10 p.m. CT, marking the start of a 162-game schedule unveiled Wednesday. That opening homestand -- four games against the Rockies followed by three against the Cubs -- marks the sixth straight season that the Brewers will begin a season at home in their heated dome.

Milwaukee also opened seasons at home against the Rockies in 2015, '13 and '10.

• Brewers' 2017 schedule

The Brewers' first 2017 road game is an Interleague affair against the Blue Jays on April 11 in Toronto's home opener. That two-game series is the first of Milwaukee's matchups against American League East opponents, which include the Red Sox (May 9-11), Blue Jays (May 23-24) and Orioles (July 3-5) at Miller Park and the Yankees (July 7-9, right before the All-Star break) and Rays (Aug. 4-6) on the road.

The Brewers also have four straight Interleague games against the neighboring Twins, Aug. 7-8 at Miller Park and Aug. 9-10 at Target Field.

The Brewers will play at home on three significant holidays: Mother's Day (May 14 against the Mets at 1:10 p.m. CT), Father's Day (June 18 against the Padres at 1:10 p.m. CT) and Independence Day (July 4 against the Orioles at 3:10 p.m. CT).

• 2017 season ticket deposits

Their longest road trip is a 10-game, 11-day trip to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington from July 17-27, but in terms of distance, a long trip out west in August will provide a challenge. The Brewers play three games apiece at the Rockies, Giants and Dodgers from Aug. 18-27 on that trip, with a day off between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Brewers' final home series is Sept. 25-28 against the Reds, followed by a three-game, season-ending series in St. Louis from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

New this year at Miller Park, Monday and Tuesday evening home games will begin at 6:40 p.m. CT. Weekday night games at Miller Park from Wednesday through Friday will still start at 7:10 p.m. CT. Saturday games vary, and Sunday games are at 1:10 p.m. CT.

The schedule is subject to change, and road game times will be announced at a later date.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.