CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Here’s what fans need to know about what’s new at Progressive Field in 2012 courtesy of the Cleveland Indians.
New Fan-friendly Ballpark Policies:
Re-Entry Policy: Fans needing to exit and re-enter Progressive Field must do so through a dedicated gate at Gate A. Their game ticket will be scanned upon exit. To re-enter the Ballpark, fans will enter through the Security Checkpoint and turnstiles where their ticket will be re-scanned. During games in which a gate giveaway is taking place, fans leaving the exit gate will have their ticket scanned and marked so that they may not receive multiple promotional items.
Bottled Water Policy: Fans entering Progressive Field will be allowed to bring in a single, factory sealed bottle of water that is 20 ounces or less.
Kids Clubhouse and Club Lounge:
The Rookie Suite, presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Step 2, is geared towards kids ages six and under.
Slugger’s Sandlot, presented by KeyBank is a designated area where grade-school aged children can have fun with some of the same great activities from KeyBank Kids Fun Day.
In response to fan feedback, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles won’t miss any great game action while their little loved ones play. Indians Kids Clubhouse is scheduled to open May 6 to coincide the first KeyBank Kids Fun Day and will be open all game long for every Indians home game.
There is a reduced price “kids only” menu for young Tribe fans under 48 inches. The menu features $2.50 hot dogs, $3.00 fruit cup, $5.75 kids meal and more.
Kids will also enjoy occasional visits from the Indians team mascot Slider and the Hot Dog Mascots.
Club Lounge: The Club Lounge is an all-inclusive food and beverage location that gives fans the best in comfort, luxury and affordability. The Indians have made a number of enhancements to the Club Lounge for 2012 based directly on fan feedback.
Indians Club Lounge seats are reduced to as low as $65 per ticket for the 2012 season. The newly renovated Club Lounge features monitors at all entrances showcasing menu items of the day and upcoming homestand. Tributes to Indians legends Larry Doby and Bob Feller are incorporated throughout. Flat screen televisions, plush seating and delectable food from Progressive Field chefs are only a part of the fan experience.
To further spread Tribe Fever, the Indians have brought back and enhanced some of the most popular events at Progressive Field.
Throughout the summer, on select weekends, 14 themed fireworks shows, including two Rock ‘N Blast, will once again decorate the sky over the ballpark. Indians Rally Alley, presented by RTA, the family-friendly urban summer street festival, with discounted food and drink outside the ballpark, will return with extended dates (15 total in 2012- only four in 2011) throughout the season, including Opening Day.
Fans can enjoy three concerts at Progressive Field this season, including Faith Day with Brandon Heath on May 19.
For fans of the Tribe’s signature Sugardale hot dogs, an increase of nine games this season (only six in 2011) will feature $1 dogs at select stands and vendors throughout the ballpark.
High School and College students can enjoy more discounted games on 20 Student ID nights throughout the season (only 12 in 2011).
Puppypalooza returns in 2012 with an additional opportunity for fans to bring their pooches to a game (Two dates in 2012- only one each of the past two years).
New this year, a select number of fans can snap a shot with their favorite players during six photo days.
The Tribe will celebrate fans from around the world on four International days (only one each of the past two years).
The Indians will give out five different fan-favorite bobble heads including Asdrubal Cabrera, Joe Carter, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Gaylord Perry, to the first 15,000 fans through the gates on select nights throughout the season.
Replica jerseys of Chris Perez, Justin Masterson, Carlos Santana and Charles Nagy will also be available at select games to the first 15,000 fans.
The promo schedule begins with the popular magnet schedule, courtesy of Progressive Insurance, to all fans on Opening Day Thursday, April 5.
Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a wall calendar, a Team Photo and an Indians T-Shirt.
The Indians are committed to promoting sustainability initiatives within Northeast Ohio and keeping Progressive Field green.
The Indians and Cleveland State University installed a new wind turbine at Progressive Field, the first wind turbine to be utilized by a Major League Baseball team. The pioneering wind turbine is located on the southeast corner of the ballpark and was funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.
This innovative “helical wind turbine” design is more conducive for urban areas and confined spaces than a traditional long-blade wind turbine and rated at 25,000kWh, enough electricity to power two typical homes for an entire year.
Connect with the Tribe on Social Media:
The Cleveland Indians have made it easier for fans to connect with the Tribe, and each other. The Indians will be on six platforms in 2012, including four new launches, and provide fans with seamless in-park social experiences.
New platforms include: “TribeVibe,” Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+.
The Indians remain committed to cultivating and deepening connections with fans on existing platforms through Facebook Timeline integration and more personal interactions through Twitter.
The first social media-only space in pro sports, the Indians Social Suite, returns for 2012. Fans can integrate directly on mobile through MLBAM’s At the Ballpark and At Bat 12 Apps.
Digital Ticket Delivery: The new “Paperless Fan Pass” delivery method enables fans to go directly to any gate, present the credit card used to purchase the ticket and gain fast entry into the ballpark. Digital Delivery also facilitates easy transfer of tickets to family, friends or clients and eliminates delivery charges. Fans using this method will receive a half-price ticket to a select game and will automatically be entered to win a suite with complimentary food for a future game.
2012 Uniform Changes:
The Indians will wear four (4) sets of uniforms in 2012— two versions at home and two versions on the road, featuring minor enhancements.
The traditional home white uniform will sport a front script “Indians” two-layer red and navy blue applique, navy blue trim around the collar combined with the navy blue and red cap with the Chief Wahoo logo.
The home alternate creme uniform with block Indians applique paired with a home alternate red cap with a midnight navy block “C” will remain.
The alternate road navy uniform will showcase a front script “Indians” two-layer red and white applique, gray trim around the collar paired with a solid navy blue cap with the Chief Wahoo logo.
The traditional road gray uniform featuring block Cleveland applique combined with the midnight navy blue cap with a red block “C” will remain.