Indians fans create memorable moments at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Players aren't the only ones making memorable moments at Progressive Field. Fans also enjoy making last memories. While scoreboard messages celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, some fans actually do marriage proposals at the ballpark for all to witness.

Tony Opperman, from Wickliffe, knew he wanted to incorporate his girlfriend's favorite team in his proposal. But he added a twist.

"I didn't just want to do the same like pay for it to be on the scoreboard while you're at the game," Opperman said.

He and his girlfriend, Audrey Kendra, boarded a small plane last summer. It was supposed to be for a fun tour around the city. Their first stop was over Progressive Field.

"He told me to bring my nice camera that day," Kendra said. "That should have been a hint. He had me sitting so I'd have the best shot."

As the two hovered over the field the words "AUDREY MICHELLE, WILL YOU MARRY ME?" appeared on the scoreboard. It was a homerun for Opperman who went the extra mile.

"It took a few seconds to be like, 'Oh that's my name,'" Kendra said. "Then I turned around, and he had the ring out."

The couple attended a playoff game this past season. Kendra even scored a ticket to one of the World Series games.

2017 is a lucky year for the couple. They get married next weekend and are confident the Indians will be lucky this year too.

"It's just very exciting to have them (team) very much at the top of conversation," Opperman said.

Kendra remembers the team's popularity in the 90s.

"I remember having to go to the mall to wait to get tickets, and it was a big deal if you actually even got tickets back then," Kendra said.

Progressive Field will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

"We'll think of it (proposal) every time we go there from now on," Kendra said.

Scoreboard messages cost $50. Those interested in doing a marriage proposal at the stadium during a game are encouraged to call Fan Services at 216-420-HITS.

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