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
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
in Houston on April 6. The home opener is on April 10 when they take on the