The Cleveland Guardians are growing as a franchise, as a brand, and as a baseball team.
After missing the postseason in 2021, they returned with a bang in 2022 and, against all odds, won the American League Central with a flawless September and a 92-70 overall record.
They even won a playoff series and pushed the New York Yankees to the limit in their AL Division Series showdown.
The year 2022 was full of positives.
Now, the organization needs to keep on growing, and that means giving fans the best ballpark experience.
The Athletic’s Bill Shea provided some details about ballpark renovations at Progressive Field, noting the amount of money coming from public funding.
“It’s a $435-million ballpark renovation project with $255 million in public funding coming from the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County plus $30 million from the state, per @ClevelandScene, for the privately owned MLB team worth $1.3 billion+,” the MLB analyst tweeted.
It's a $435-million ballpark renovation project with $255 million in public funding coming from the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County plus $30 million from the state, per @ClevelandScene, for the privately owned MLB team worth $1.3 billion+. https://t.co/SnzvVypztq
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) January 12, 2023
More than half of the funding will come from the city of Cleveland, which is controversial to some.
The stadium, formerly known as Jacobs Field, broke ground on this day, but 31 years ago in 1992.
It opened on April 2, 1994 and underwent some renovations between 2014 and 2016.
The current project is much, much bigger and ambitious, and the projected dates are October 2023–April 2025.
It will include the construction and/or renovations of areas such as The Terrace Hub, the left field terrace, grab and go concessions, view box bar, and many others.
Guardians fans will be delighted to learn that the team is not just competitive on the field: it will also have a top ballpark in major league baseball.