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03/25/2008 2:45 PM ET
New ballpark name, "Suite" taste of a champion & party deck highlight what's new at Progressive Field in 2008
Also, Our Tribe is Green...Are you in the Tribe?
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CLEVELAND -- The defending American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians are set to usher in a new era of Indians baseball as they open their 15th season at what is now named Progressive Field, beginning with the sold out home opener on Monday, March 31 vs. the Chicago White Sox at 3:05PM. Since 1994, Progressive Field has played host to more than 37.5 million fans.

With the Tribe's 108th home opener in American League action only six (6) days away, the Indians today announced a variety of new amenities and programs for the upcoming season with the goal of providing superior sports entertainment for all who visit Progressive Field. The following is a breakdown of "What's New at Progressive Field" for the upcoming 2008 season in four categories: BALLPARK ENHANCEMENTS, SPECIAL EVENTS & PROMOTIONS, TICKETING OPPORTUNITIES AND MERCHANDISE.

BALLPARK ENHANCEMENTS NEW NAME

January 11, 2008 was the end of one era and the beginning of another. That's the day the ballpark known as Jacobs Field since its opening in 1994 became Progressive Field. The Indians have partnered with Cleveland neighbor Progressive, one of the country's leading automobile, motorcycle and commercial auto insurers, in a 16-year naming rights deal. The agreement also includes Progressive Insurance becoming the Official Auto Insurer of the Cleveland Indians. The deal, which averages approximately $3.6 million annually, runs through the 2023 season, at which time the Indians' lease with the Gateway Economic Development Corporation expires.

Some of the graphic additions that will celebrate the new name Progressive Field include the new name appearing above the script "Indians" on the main scoreboard, the new main marquee sign on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, four exterior signs on the elevator towers at the four corners of the ballpark and logos on all of the cupholders in the ballpark (to be installed early in the season). Approximately 1,000 signs throughout the ballpark will be installed by the All-Star Break.

PARTY DECK

Watch the game and enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic at the same time. Located in the right field corner of the ballpark, the Party Deck features a blend of traditional ballpark and tabletop seating, private bar, an all-you-can-eat menu served when gates open through one-hour after the scheduled start of the game and most importantly, incredible views of the field. The Party Deck is a free-flowing area perfect for networking and entertaining. The price for this location will be $50 per person for groups of 25 or more. Tickets in the Party Deck will be sold to the general public if seats remain two weeks prior to a home game at $65 per person (subject to availability). Please call 216-420-HITS or visit Indians.com (View the photo gallery on the groups page) for more details.

CHAMPIONS SUITE

Location, location, location! Highlighted by an incredible mid-field location, the Champions Suite provides a truly unique business and entertainment setting with in-suite presentation equipment sure to help you close any deal or celebrate any occasion. Available for $10,000 per game, the Champions Suite features an upscale menu with beverages, 60 game tickets and multiple high definition flat-screen TVs in a setting celebrating the Tribe's past championships. Your guests can be a part of the action indoors or out! Please call 216-420-HITS for more details.

BALLPARK ENHANCEMENTS CONT.

NEW FOOD VENDOR CLEATS

The newest addition to the Progressive Field concessions menu will be the premier of CLEATS in the Market Pavilion out in center field. The popular local chicken wing hot spot will feature four types of wings (Mild, BBQ, Hot, Cajun), chili, fries and Slider mini-burgers in their new location.

OUR TRIBE IS GREEN...ARE YOU IN THE TRIBE?

The Cleveland Indians organization continues to be among the industry leaders in taking a proactive approach to supporting various environmental initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint at Progressive Field.

In June 2007 the Indians became the first American League team to "Go Solar" by installing 42 GE solar panels in the upper deck of Progressive Field. The solar installation has provided 8.4 kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity to power more than 400 TVs in the ballpark and also introduce solar energy concepts to millions in Northeast Ohio.

The Indians are energized to continue supporting the environment during the 2008 season by launching the campaign "Our Tribe is Green...Are you in the Tribe?" This campaign will involve utilizing recyclable paper, vending corn starch cups for the first time in the concession stands that decompose in a landfill in only 30 days, introduce a fan services team called "The Indians Green Team" to focus on recycling during all gamedays, install special "Pepsi" recyclable containers for plastic and aluminum cans throughout Progressive Field and continue to recycle all paper and cardboard products. This program began implementation in the home and visiting clubhouses during this offseason for the Tribe's annual Winter Development program and will continue throughout the season as well.

In addition, all of the new Progressive Field signs being installed this year are LED lighting, which offer energy cost savings, low-voltage operation, a reduction in CO2 emissions, and are environmentally safe as they contain no UV, infrared or glass.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS CALENDAR

Featuring 64 DATES, and highlighted by many FUN, UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE items such as FIREWORKS, DOLLAR DOGS, BOBBLEHEADS, MINI-BOBBLEHEADS, RETURN OF FREE MONEY ENVELOPES, CHIEF WAHOO STOCKING HAT & CAPS CONSISTING OF PROGRESSIVE FIELD/70's LOGO/RALLY CAP, the Cleveland Indians 2008 special events and promotional calendar is sure to entertain fans of all ages.

  • ENJOY FIREWORKS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
  • ALL FANS RECEIVE A PROMO GIVEAWAY EVERY SATURDAY
  • KIDS RULE ON KIDS FUN DAY EVERY SUNDAY
NEW HOT DOG MASCOT COSTUMES

Based on the immediate success and popularity of the live, on-field Sugardale Hot Dog Race at the end of the 5th inning of every Indians home game in 2007, the Cleveland Indians will enhance the brand for the 2008 season. Olympus Flag & Banner out of Milwaukee, WI (creator of the Milwaukee Brewers Sausage mascots) has developed new physical identities for Ketchup, Mustard and Onion that focused on the established personalities of each mascot while at the same time giving each more humanistic qualities.

Ketchup continues to be the devious rebel "cheater", which is enhanced through his new facial expression and "Wild Thing" Rick Vaughn style glasses. He will take every advantage to win, disregarding the sanctity of the race. Mustard remains the all-American boy of the group. Cool, fun-loving and focused on giving the fans his best effort every race. He struggles daily to keep Ketchup in line.

Onion is the diva. While she will give her best effort in the race, she knows how to strut her stuff and always looks good. She has a crush on Mustard which irritates Ketchup to no end. The soap opera that is the Indians Sugardale Hot Dogs continues on Opening Day, 2008 and will be worth watching with interest throughout the season.

"THE TRIBE" FAN CLUB

The Indians will launch a new online fan club coined "THE TRIBE" on indians.com in the next few weeks. Membership for this exclusive club will be $19.95 and include the following: Membership Card and letter, 15% discount on select dates at Indians Team Shop or indians.com, member e-newsletter, 2008 Gameday Audio subscription, special offers throughout the season, tour of Progressive Field, exclusive member CIC auctions, exclusive section on indians.com and an exclusive message board.

TICKETING OPPORTUNITIES

FUN BUNCH 4-PACK

The Cleveland Indians Fun Bunch Four Pack is available for all Sunday Cleveland Indians games. Sundays are always Kids Fun Days. Save up to $50! Packages are subject to availability in select seat locations and start for as little as $51. Fun Bunch Four packs include:
  • 4 Game Tickets
  • 4 Pepsi
  • 4 Hot Dogs or Slices of Pizza
Fun Bunch Four Pack Tickets are available at indians.com, Cleveland Indians Ticket Office and Cleveland Indians Team Shops.

PRONK'S GREAT 48 AND PRONK FLEX PLAN RETURN

The Indians will offer two ticket opportunities again in 2008 surrounding their slugging Designated Hitter, Travis Hafner. Beginning March 31, the Indians will roll out PRONK'S GREAT 48! - all fans that purchase $48 or more at any Indians Team Shop or Ballpark concession stand in April and May will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to Pronkville (Mezzanine Area) for any April or May game (excluding New York and Boston Games).

The popular 20-game PRONK FLEX PLAN returns, offering fans the chance to select 20 games of their choice. The flexibility of this plan allows fans the chance to become a season ticket holder, featuring PRICE DISCOUNTS and POSTSEASON PRIORITY, at almost any point of the season!!

HALF PRICE GROUP TICKETS

Book a group of 25 or more and receive up to a HALF OFF discount for home games at Progressive Field in 2008. Visit Indians.com for the complete group discount schedule and learn more about the all-you-can-eat picnic buffets.

PEPSI HALF PRICE BLEACHERS

Bring a Pepsi can to any Indians Team Shop, the Progressive Field Ticket Office or visit indians.com to receive a HALF PRICE bleacher seat for SELECT Indians home games in April or May (excluding Boston and New York games). Up to a $10 value!

NEW MERCHANDISE

The new home alternate uniform will take a step back in Indians history by combining past eras to include a crème colored uniform, block "Indians" lettering on the front chest, Chief Wahoo on left sleeve and "midnight" navy blue piping on the pant. This new uniform will also showcase a "midnight" navy blue cap with a block "C" that is vintage Indians baseball in the early 1900's. Finally, the uniform will include a red player number on the back with navy blue outline and will not include the player name.

The Cleveland Indians Team Shops have reached back in time to leadoff the new 2008 season! Merchandise arriving daily will feature a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the teams 1948 World Series Win. This merchandise will include commemorative outerwear from the Banner Supply Company, which feature a more youthful celebration of our past with track jackets, T-shirts and fleece tops. These vintage look items are all the rage and an assortment only available at the Indians Team Shops!

Bling, Bling, Bling! Women love it and the Indians Team Shop will certainly have plenty to choose from when visiting Progressive Field. Featured styles range from t-shirts, hand bags and hooded fleece tops. All these items will be on full display at the new Tribe Pride for Her location at the ball park in section 142.

Walk a mile in someone's shoes? Well now you don't have to...the Indians team shops feature the complete line of Youth and Adult Crocs. Don't forget the Jibbitz to decorate your new all weather shoes! Chief Wahoo Jibbitz will let you show your team pride!

While reflecting on the past, the Team Shops are also celebrating our new beginning at Progressive Field. Mugs, baseballs, t-shirts and pins will be available along with a great lineup of 2008 opening day merchandise to commemorate your membership in THE TRIBE and your first visit to Progressive Field.

When you're in the Tribe make sure everyone knows....Indians Team Shops, where Authentic Fans shop!

ALSO NEW IN 2008

HIGH ACHIEVERS KIDS CLUB

The Cleveland Indians present the 2008 Indians High Achievers Kids Club, presented by KeyBank, with support from the Plain Dealer. The Indians organization is committed to encouraging students to reach their full potential and help foster self-confidence in the youth of Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Indians High Achievers Kids Club will provide an opportunity for students to be rewarded with tickets and other great prizes for positive efforts and academic success. The goal of this newly developed online venture-which is FREE TO STUDENTS IN GRADES K-8-is to give an outlet for Northeast Ohio students to have fun through learning with a focus on education and citizenship.

As the official Indians High Achievers Kids Club spokesmen, Indians Manager Eric Wedge, along with help from 1B Ryan Garko, will support the educational component of this Indians Community Outreach initiative. The FREE online Indians High Achievers Kids Club is based upon a point system within 3 scholastic categories (Grades, Reading and Attendance). Students can register online at indians.com/highachievers. For more information visit indians.com or call 216.420.HITS

ALL GAMES IN HD

The Indians will continue to be among the industry leaders in High Definition broadcasts as all 153 network broadcasts will be in HD- All 133 STO Cable/Satellite Games and All 20 Over-the-Air Games on WKYC-TV3.

"Since the launch of SportsTime Ohio two years ago, our sole vision for the Indians games has been to produce the best possible telecasts for Tribe fans, equal or better than any production in the league," said SportsTime Ohio President JIM LIBERATORE. "Producing all of our 2008 broadcasts in High Definition builds on that mission and allows the Indians to become the first pro team in Cleveland to have all games in HD."

NEW OFFICE SUPPLY PROVIDER

The Indians and InkStop have entered into a multi-year relationship as both a corporate partner of the team and also as the Official Office Supply Provider to the Cleveland Indians. InkStop, a specialty retail chain headquartered in Mayfield, Ohio, is designed to be a convenient, customer-friendly destination specializing in electronic consumables, such as ink and toner, specialty paper, digital storage, and other products that consumers need to make their computers, and other electronics run. InkStop also offers the latest technology products such as Digital Cameras, Printers, and GPS systems. The InkStop management team opened its first store in January, 2006 here in Cleveland, and now operates over 122 locations in twelve states and the District of Columbia, including 11 in the Cleveland area, and five in Columbus. InkStop's logo will be featured on the outfield wall in 2008.
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