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04/02/10 9:40 PM ET
New offerings at Progressive Field
Promotions include Kids Fun Day, Slider birthday package
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The fan offerings at Progressive Field have evolved considerably since the ballpark first opened 16 years ago this month. And in 2010, the Indians have no shortage of new offerings to both get fans through the turnstiles and enhance their experience once inside. On Friday, the club announced a variety of enticements, from ticket deals that can save you a few bucks to concession specials that can satisfy your gut. Families who have frequented KeyBank Sunday Kids Fun Day games in the past will enjoy the new WKYC Summer Sunday promotion. For every adult ticket purchased to a Sunday Kids Fun Day game in June, July and August, two kids 12 and under can get in for just $3 each. Kids Fun Day events are also being extended until the fifth inning this season. In the past, the plaza activities wrapped up around game time. Another program that targets families is the Slider Birthday Party package, which allows parents the chance to throw their child a birthday party pregame at Progressive Field. For $150, the package includes a pregame meet and greet with Slider, a mini bat autographed by Slider and one Indians player, a personalized birthday card from Slider, a Team Shop coupon good for 15 percent off merchandise, a personalized scoreboard greeting and souvenir photo, 10 Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches or two large pizzas from Pizza Pan, 10 bags of Shearer's potato chips, 10 Pepsi product beverages and 10 birthday cakes. Tickets are not included in the birthday package, but ticket discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. As far as programs that entice more than just the kids are concerned, the Budweiser Two For Tuesday package offers fans two Time Warner Cable bleacher seats and $20 in "Tickets Plus" food and beverage value to select Tuesday home games for just $32. "Tickets Plus" is a new system in which food or concession value can be loaded onto the barcode of a ticket and redeemed inside the ballpark. Also this year, the Indians have expanded their popular Pepsi Six-Packs ticket packages (which include a bonus game against the Yankees for free) and created the Pepsi 12-Pack plan, which starts at $256 and offers tickets to 12 of the summer's best games, including games against the Yankees, Red Sox and Reds. The Bud Light Party Deck, located in the right-field corner, is available to groups of 25 or more for $45 per person for 2010 home games. The area features an unlimited buffet and Pepsi products pregame through one hour after first pitch. Single-game tickets for the Party Deck are priced at $60. Within the Party Deck will be the Budweiser Thirst Row -- four reserved seats in the front row, right next to the foul pole, that will be available for auction on Indians.com for every Saturday home game. Those are just some of the ticket offerings for 2010. A full rundown is available at Indians.com/ticketspecials. Once inside, fans will find a variety of new concession items, including "Cleveland Pops" gourmet flavored popcorn, Beers of the World and fried twinkies, cookie dough and funnel cakes. Romantically inclined fans might enjoy the Slider Sweetheart package, which, for $275 per couple, offers dinner for two in a private suite, scoreboard recognition and a visit from Slider. Or if you're thinking about popping the question at a game, the Progressive Field Proposal package, available for $500 per couple, will provide you with a DVD of the big moment, followed by -- assuming, of course, she says yes -- dinner for two and a champagne toast in the Terrace Club. From a merchandise standpoint, all fans who purchase $50 or more of merchandise online at Indians.com, at any Indians Team Shop or at a Progressive Field souvenir stand in April and May will receive a voucher for two free mezzanine tickets for any regular season game between April 14 and June 30. The Indians also announced that a new Team Shop is coming to Westgate Plaza in Fairview Park, slated to open before the All-Star break.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.