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Cleveland Indians partner with DNC on major ballpark renovations at Progressive Field

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The Cleveland Indians are partnering with concessionnaire Delaware North Companies Sportservice on a series of major enhancements to Progressive Field, the Indians’ home ballpark.

The enhancements, slated to be completed during this off-season, are designed to create new attractions targeting multiple fan segments and celebrate the club’s history and heritage throughout the ballpark. (The above image shows one of the DNC Sportservice concepts at Progressive Field.)

The project will include:
• Expanded Kids Clubhouse to two levels and the mezzanine concourse area will also be renovated, with new, improved attractions for families
• A climate-controlled, two-storey bar in right field with a dramatic view of Cleveland
• A renovated entrance at ‘Gate C’ with visual connection to the field from the exterior and views of the Cleveland skyline from inside the ballpark
• Redesigned bullpens in centre field
• The incorporation of popular city neighbourhoods like Ohio City and Tremont into the new ‘Gate C’ concourse space
• More of the franchise’s storied history will be incorporated throughout the ballpark, including a new statue of former Indian Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League
• New terraced decks for group outings with sweeping views of the playing field

Mark Shapiro, Indians’ President commented:

Fans have changed the way they interact with baseball and other forms of entertainment. As a result, we have to adapt by creating new, compelling experiences to evolve our ballpark to align with fans’ interests. We’re proud to provide targeted, new experiences that enhance the connection between Progressive Field and revitalizing the city around us.

 

DNC was the title sponsor of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014’s evening networking reception, which was held at the Singapore Sports Hub’s indoor arena. A full article on the company’s reemergence into the Asian marketplace will appear in our Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management to be published in December.

Popcorn ‘build your own’ system promises better profits for concessions

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Gold Medal is offering concession operators the chance to redefine the future and design their own financial freedom. Gold Medal reports that operators asked for more control over their popcorn and gourmet corn production, so the company created a completely customisable, one-stop shop for popping up profits: the new Build Your Own Production System.

Gold Medal claims that it’s a revolutionary setup and extremely versatile. The equipment is independent of each other, interchangeable, and can be retrofitted in the field. Owners can add as many machines as they need, run only the items they want, and control their investments.

Selections include:

  • 48, 60, or 79-inch tables
  • 36 to 60-ounce poppers
  • Domestic/export options for all equipment
  • Right/left-hand kettle dump options for poppers and Corn Treat Mixers
  • Salt/Sweet Switch (lowers the kettle temperature by about 40° to keep 
the sugar from burning)
  • Bag-in-Box or bucket oil systems
  • 5 or 10-gallon Corn Treat Mixers and digital displays
  • Filter and Karmel Kool systems
  • Plus, a pull-out corn storage bin is a standard features and holds 50 lbs.

The options are endless says Gold Medal and operators can find out more from Gold Medal Products Co. at 800-543-0862 and info@gmpopcorn.com.