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Progressive Field improvements include new menu, open spaces

Apr. 4—Construction on Progressive Field began the day after the 2023 season ended for the Guardians, and on April 4, just four days before the 2024 home opener, club officials conducted a tour to show off the improvements.

The project is being billed as "Progressive Field reimagined." The improvements include open-air Terrace Garden space in left field and an open patio-style seating and drink areas for standing room only customers.

And, of course, there are new food items. No new season can be complete without an expanded menu. A Cuban Dog, which consists of a pickle topped with diced ham and pulled pork, is one of the new items. Crispy mozzarella sticks, chicken bacon ranch fries and pulled pork sliders are among other new choices.

Here is a look at the new food available this season at Progressive Field @CleGuardians pic.twitter.com/urPEuGG7cT

— Jeff Schudel (@jsproinsider) April 4, 2024

Part of the lower bowl has been replaced with new blue seats.

"We've removed four sections from left field in the upper deck," explained Curtis Danburg, vice president of communications and community impact for the Guardians. "Since we opened in 1994, we never really addressed the upper deck in any way. This is the first time we were able to do that."

Fans will notice the boxy shipping container-like structures are gone from right field. The changes give Progressive Field a more wide-open look. The area that was cluttered by the shipping containers is now named the Paul Davis Pennant District.

Though some seats have been removed, the capacity of Progressive Field remains 34,380.

"We did a couple things," Danburg said. "Seats that we removed were put back in. Adding to the standing room only space left capacity pretty much flat."

The Guardians last year came up with the unique idea of selling monthly standing room only passes for $49 apiece. The pass entitles a fan to attend every home game in a particular month. The plan was so well-received that they are doing it again for 2024. The home opener April 8 against the White Sox would be included in the April pass. Actual seating for the home opener is sold out.

"(Standing room) flexes based on the time of year, but it's in the thousands," Danburg said. "We have the ability this year to increase the ballpark passes (the standing room only passes)."

Attendance at Progressive Field in 2023 increased by 41 percent from 2022, even though the baseball team did not perform as well as it did in 2023. Danburg said the addition of the SRO ticket plan was a major reason for the increase. The Guardians were 92-70 in 2022. They were 76-86 last year.

Construction will resume on more improvements after the final out of 2024, Danburg said.

PHOTOS: What's new at Progressive Field, April 4, 2024