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Some changes are coming to Progressive Field

Aug 7, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Progressive Field

Our friend Jason Lukehart at Let’s Go Tribe passes along a number of changes/renovations that are coming to Progressive Field in Cleveland. The effect of which will be to reduce capacity of the park while making the place more fun and inviting.

The changes include adding a large bar/patio area in right field, creating more open space, removing excess luxury boxes, moving the bullpens together and putting more seats around them. They are also adding a statue of Larry Doby, which many fans think is long overdue.

In all, the renovations — which will be 100% privately financed — will reduce Progressive Field’s capacity from 42,487 to somewhere between 37-38,000. This makes a lot of sense for this park and should make a good ballpark a little bit better in terms of fan experience.

  1. pete2112 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Very cool and refreshing to hear a ball park is trying to make it better for the fans and not for their bottom line.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      The theory (the theory being capitalism) is that making things better for the fans will improve their bottom line. These things are not mutually exclusive.

      • pete2112 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Of course but it’s still better than adding luxury boxes that out of the reach for the average guy or family going to see a game. I’m not naive enough to think that someone didn’t do their due diligence with regard to what the end result would be from a revenue standpoint with these renovations, but at least it’s something that will enhance the game for the real fans.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        When you reduce seating to Fenway Park capacity, do Fenway Park prices follow?

      • 18thstreet - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        Only if demand increases.

  2. chiadam - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I thought the park was already one of the better ones in baseball. Now it should be even better.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Totally agree.

      One of the weird things about that place is that they have SO MANY luxury boxes (the second most in baseball, amazingly). And the things I’ve read say that they’re getting rid of some of them. Very interesting decision.

  3. 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    They must have worked REALLY hard to show this many shots of the fans while showing so few Chief Wahoos. They keep denying that they’re phasing out the logo, but I don’t believe it for a second.

  4. mybrunoblog - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Chief Wahoo will never go away. If the Indians eliminated him tomorrow (obviously they aren’t) they would still sell tons of Wahoo merchandise tagged as “throwback” and baseball fans would still buy it.

  5. rcali - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Indians started the year 26th in player salaries. Detroit #5. One team will be competing for a World Series bid while the other is trying to stick around .500. Not that adding salary always helps get to the World Series, but it sure does help compete and negate the need to remove seats from ballparks. It’s usually a pretty weak Division, outside of the Tigers, year to year so it just takes an owner who wants it bad enough whether that’s putting the money into a solid minor league system or putting money into the team. And no, that terrible contract they gave Nick Swisher does not count, certainly not as a smart move.

    • campcouch - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Yeah,but with all of Detroit’s dominance and spending, competing and NOT winning a World Series is just as bad as being .500. Ask this same organization about the 90’s teams.

  6. randomjoeblow - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Remember when fans used to show up during their (fake) sell-out streak?

  7. SocraticGadfly - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I think cutting park seating by that much is a mistake. I’d split the diff, were I them.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Bravo to the Larry Doby statue.

  9. mtheparrothead - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Relax Indians fans. There won’t be any changes from consistently placing third.

  10. bajamex - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Wanna know what’s progressive? You talked about the Indians and didn’t mention Chief Wahoo. Bravo!

  11. campcouch - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Cleveland certainly isn’t a growing city in population, knocking down the capacity while adding a few fan friendly items is good business, Dolan has finally realized it. Now while being a cheapskate is the norm for him, the “success” of .500 or better ball has only been very recent. It takes a minute to get things going consistently. I am surprised that he’d finance renovations but I’m sure he looked at all the projections and saw where he could make more cash from the little guy…beer and family.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Cleveland has about half the population it had at its peak, due to closure of industry, but like Detroit, the population didn’t move far, just to surrounding communities, so the base is still there. Don’t give Dolan too much credit, he’s eliminating luxury box seating he can’t sell, and replacing it with a bar selling alcohol.

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