Progressive Field renovations continue to take shape
CLEVELAND — Indians fans no longer have to view renderings to get an idea of the enhancements to Progressive Field.
The team invited the media to the ballpark on Thursday to view recent progress on the right-field renovations. The two-story bar has taken shape; the standing terraces in the upper deck are forming and the bullpens are closer to completion.
Despite the worst February on record from a temperature perspective, the recent thaw has allowed the construction to pick up a quicker pace. The club is confident that everything will be ready for the April 10 home opener against Detroit.
Even during the worst weather days, Indians Director of Strategy and Business Analytics Jeff Wilen said that work on the project was never completely shut down. Areas were covered and space heaters were brought in for some of the inside work.
"Whenever bad weather hits it is going to be a challenge but we took the steps to prepare for it," Wilen said. "We have an excellent crew of architects. Winters here are difficult and never easy."
The Indians announced on Thursday that the right-field bar will be named "The Corner" after a vote by fans. The name is an homage to Tom Hamilton saying "We’re under way from the corner of Carnegie and Ontario".
The two-story bar, which is a brick structure, can fit 800 with an additional 300 that can watch the game via drink rails outside the bar. It is accessible to anyone with a ticket.
One of the new options is the $13 District Ticket presented by SportsTime Ohio. Fans get a Standing Room Only ticket and the first drink — 12-ounce beer (for those 21 and over) or a Pepsi product or bottled water.
The elevated bullpens will have the Indians in the ones near field level and the visitors up another level. Three rows of seats will be below the bullpens. The Indians’ bench from the old bullpen will remain in the same spot while the visitors will be seated in the back of their bullpen.
The party terraces will have seating for 1,000 on three levels. The outside of the terraces will honor the franchise’s championships, Cleveland Indians Charities and retired uniform numbers. Work on the expanded Kid’s Clubhouse is also progressing.
The one area where work fell behind due to the weather was the plaza area in front of Gate C. When that area thaws crews will be able to put in utility cables and then lay the cement.
When asked which area he is anxious to see completed, Wilen said there are going to be spots that appeal to everyone. Including standing room areas, the revised capacity will be between 37-38,000.