Indians unveil plans for 'major facelift' of Progressive Field

Thursday August 7th, 2014

The Cleveland Indians announced plans on Wednesday to renovate Progressive Field in what the team is calling a "major facelift." 

The plans include a new Gate C entrance, which will change the currently obstructed view of the field to give those outside the gate a view of the ballpark and Cleveland skyline. The renovations also feature an expanded Mezzanine and Kid's Clubhouse, new bullpens that will create new viewing areas, a new Gate C concourse drawing on the city's most popular foods and neighborhoods, a new group seating area, and a new two-story indoor-outdoor bar.

The renovations will result in the stadium's seating capacity being decreased from its current 43,000 to between 37,000 and 38,000. 

According to the team, the project will "help us maintain Progressive Field's status as one of sports' most recognizable facilities and ensure the ballpark meets the changing demands of today's fans."

The Indians said they did "extensive research" of the fan base's preferences when deciding on the new ideas. 

- Molly Geary

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