Progressive renovations starting to take shape

Construction workers lay foundation for new bullpens, rooftop bar, seating areas

Progressive renovations starting to take shape

The Indians have made progress on the extensive Progressive Field renovations, and they're hoping to finish all the construction by their home opener against the Tigers on April 10.

"That's the plan. We are doing everything we can," said Cleveland senior director of communications Curtis Danburg, after the Indians hosted a tour of the renovated areas Friday. "We are taking advantage of good days when we get them and working feverishly six days per week to get the project done.

"You know how Mother Nature can be. We have to think good thoughts that we won't have another polar vortex. All indications are that we will be ready for Opening Day on April 10."

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The bullpens are framed, and there is cement being laid down in the home bullpen in center field. The foundation has also been laid down for seats in front of the bullpen.

Construction workers have built the frame of the new two-story bar in the right-field corner, along with adding the brick work that will be the pillars. The first level is climate controlled, and there will be a rooftop bar. They've laid in the steel for the half-roof of the rooftop bar. The whole bar will be framed beginning next week.

The new terraces in the right-field upper deck for groups to congregate during outings are also taking shape.

"Every piece of the project now is being addressed," Danburg said. "You can really see the transformation taking shape, which is very exciting.

"We've made a lot of progress. We had just come off a lot of demolition [at the end of October] and began to start to make progress. Now you are starting to see the visible shape of the new ballpark being transformed."

The Tribe demolished the area above the bullpen with a brand new grand entrance at Gate C in mind. The center-field bar is gone, the bridge is gone and so is the concession stand. The new entrance at Gate C will have much more light coming in and be more open.

There will also be an area in the right-field corridor with food and beverage options that reflects different neighborhoods of Cleveland. Construction workers have begun to clear out that area.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.