Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cleveland Guardians have revealed plans for a three-year, US$202.5 million renovation of their Progressive Field home.
- The renovation project is expected to be completed by the 2025 season
- The Guardians will contribute US$67.5 million of the funding
- The plan includes upgrades to the upper deck, terrace, clubhouses and team offices
- The revamped Progressive Field will feature an expansive beer garden on its upper deck
The Guardians recently extended their lease with Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the state of Ohio, keeping the team at Progressive Field until 2036, with an option of extending for an additional ten years. Funding for the latest upgrades to the ballpark is contingent upon the Guardians honouring that contract. Any further costs for the ballpark’s redevelopment will be covered by the Guardians.
Paul Dolan, owner and chief executive, Cleveland Guardians, said: “We are excited to continue to call Progressive Field home for decades to come, and we look forward to providing new experiences and updated enhancements to our fans, players and staff through renovation projects that will continue to keep our ballpark competitive as one of the best venues in Major League Baseball.”
Elsewhere in MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced a series of upgrades to PNC Park that will cost US$11 million in total, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. These include the expansion of the Pirates’ retail store and updates to concession stands in the ballpark’s main concourse.
Last year, the Toronto Bluejays announced a CA$300 million (US$223.93 million) redevelopment of the Rogers Centre, which is set to be finished in time for the 2024 season.