Created: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:15:13 EST
Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:15:13 EST
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will be making extensive renovations to 20-year-old Progressive Field, cutting the capacity of the downtown ballpark by 5,000 seats.
Team President Mark Shapiro (shuh-PIE'-ro) says the work will better connect the stadium to the surrounding area.
The changes will include a new two-story bar, an expanded section for children and other amenities. Most of the changes will be in the right-field sections.
The work is expected to be mostly completed by opening day next season and will reduce seating capacity from 43,000 to about 38,000.
Shapiro would not say how much the privately funded renovations will cost. Team owner Paul Dolan and concessionaire Delaware North Companies will finance the improvements.