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Published January 22, 2014
TRIBAL UPGRADES: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Don Muret reports the Indians have "issued a design/build proposal to construction firms for completing upgrades to Progressive Field." The document "mentions an investment" of $20M, and sources said that construction "would start in October" after the '14 season. But team VP/Ballpark Operations Jim Folk said that the number the Indians "have in mind is closer to" $15M. Folk said that to this point, "no decisions have been made on specific improvements to the stadium, which turns 20 years old this year." In addition, "no public or private funding has been approved for any potential projects." But Folk said that the Indians want to "get a better sense of the investment required to bring the facility up to speed with newer parks." Progressive Field opened "with 130 suites, but that number has been cut to about 115 after long-term leases expired and companies declined to renew their deals." The Indians over the past five seasons have "converted some empty suites to single-game party areas, including the Fan Cave, featuring a pool table and video games, and the Rookie Suite for kids age 6 and younger that comes with an indoor playground and a climbing wall" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/20 issue). Meanwhile, the Indians and concessionaire partner Delaware North Cos. Sportservice announced a lengthy extension to their agreement, though terms of the deal were not disclosed (DNC).