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Progressive Field opens to fans to show off renovations

Progressive Field renovations. (Source: WOIO) Progressive Field renovations. (Source: WOIO)
The Corner, Progressive Field's new two-story bar. (Source: WOIO) The Corner, Progressive Field's new two-story bar. (Source: WOIO)
Bullpens coming together. (Source: WOIO) Bullpens coming together. (Source: WOIO)
Fans got to enjoy a free lunch and watch changes in action. (Source: WOIO) Fans got to enjoy a free lunch and watch changes in action. (Source: WOIO)
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The Cleveland Indians opened Progressive Field on St. Patrick's Day morning to give fans an opportunity to check out stadium renovations ahead of the home opener.

Those coming downtown for the parade and other St. Patrick's Day activities got to enjoy a free hot dog lunch, and about a thousand showed up to the Terrace Club to take a look at what's new at the ballpark.

"I don't think people understood the magnitude of what we're doing, until you see it first hand. So to see that reaction first hand has been fun for us to see," said Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications with the Indians. 

It's very clear the ballpark will have an open feel in center and right fields. Workers were busy tamping out the new bullpen mounds Tuesday. The Corner, a two-story tavern, will be a big hit as part of the Right Field District that will also feature Cleveland-centric concessions.

Tribe fan James Miller is all in. At 29, he is a target of the Indians' renovations, as they look for a way to bring young people to the ballpark. 

"Being able to do everything all at once in one place is key to get people to come and stay and experience a game," Miller said.

The Indians believe they have put all the pieces in place -- a good ballclub and a reworked ballpark -- to make it a truly Indian Summer.

"We're hoping this may combust into what will be a very special summer," Danburg said. 

The Indians open the 2015 season against the Houston Astros in Houston on April 6. The home opener is on April 10 when they take on the Detroit Tigers.

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