Major League Shot In Milwaukee As Opposed To Cleveland For A Variety Of Reasons
The events of Major League are set in Cleveland, Ohio, the real-life home of the Indians baseball team, but the movie was actually shot in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Milwaukee County Stadium, the former home of the Brewers, filling in for Cleveland Stadium, the team’s home ballpark until 1994. And while this is commonly known fact about the movie, the reason behind it might not be as well known.
During an interview with ESPN.com in 2016, writer-director David S. Ward, a Cleveland native, revealed Major League was filmed in Milwaukee because the Cleveland Browns, who shared a stadium with the Indians at the time, had already started preseason football and there were lines on the field making it not look ideal. There were also union issues that would have made shooting there much more expensive than taking the production to Wisconsin.