Indians' Progressive Field renovation to focus on upper deck, new spaces

One of the modifications is tearing out the ballpark's so-called "shipping containers" in the right field upper deckGETTY IMAGES

The Indians' planned $435M renovation of Progressive Field will become reality once the new lease extension is approved by city officials, and the club wants to transform the ballpark "into an iconic baseball landmark mentioned in the same breath as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium," according to Meisel & Lloyd of THE ATHLETIC. The Indians are nearing the conclusion of the research and planning phase of the process and said that construction "will likely take 'three to four years' to complete." The modifications include "tearing out the 'shipping containers' in the right field upper deck, flipping the home dugout from third base to first base and demolishing the Terrace Club, which will likely be replaced by a multi-tiered social space that is outdoors and open to all ticket holders." Sources said that the Indians "explored" the concept of a mixed-use development site during lease negotiations, although they are not "studying the areas around the park, at least not yet." For now, the team’s renovation mission is "more manageable: make the upper deck more inviting to visitors attending games and perhaps create a massive conference center that can be rented out to businesses seeking enough space to host hundreds of people."  One way to "encourage fans to tour the upper deck: a walkway spanning the entire level, perched above the first handful of rows of seats." The goal "would be for fans to peer to one side to see the game and look the other direction for views of the city, its bridges, the Cuyahoga River or the sunset" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/9).

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