Officials approve $9M in Cleveland stadium improvements

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Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, stands in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Friday, April 8, 2016. Cleveland envisions its Republican National Convention in July as an opportunity to show off its re-invented self and bury memories of default, industrial demise and a mayor who accidentally set his hair on fire. Thanks […]

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials have approved more than $9 million in improvements to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. reports the nonprofit that enforces the sports teams’ leases, Gateway Development Corp., approved the spending Wednesday.

The upgrades are being funded through revenue from taxes on beer, wine, liquor and cigarettes.

Plans for Quicken Loans Arena include replacing parts of the ice floor, making restrooms compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and replacing lighting.

As for Progressive Field, upgrades include renovating suites and replacing outdoor escalators.

The price tag for the work on Quicken Loans Arena comes to $7.7 million, while the Progressive Field upgrades total about $2 million.

Gateway is responsible for major capital repairs over about $500,000 at each facility.


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