The Progressive Field renovation package is tied to a lease extension that will allow the Guardians to play here until 2036.
Dave “Dino” DeNatale, Mark Naymik (WKYC), Lynna Lai
6:34 PM EST November 29, 2021
6:35 p.m. EST November 29, 2021
CLEVELAND – Tonight is the night when the future of baseball in Cleveland for at least the next 15 years could be decided.
Cleveland City Council is due to vote tonight on its $ 117 million contribution to the $ 435 million deal to update Progressive Field. The Progressive Field renovation package is tied to a lease extension that will allow the Guardians to play here until 2036.
About $ 200 million of the prize is for new and improved equipment, as opposed to repairs and maintenance.
Last week’s council agenda had mentioned a “final vote,” but instead the council chose to simply hold a second reading of the bill, with the vote now due to take place tonight.
Cleveland’s fundraising program includes $ 8 million in annual funding – from revenue from a city-owned parking lot near Progressive Field, proceeds from admission taxes on ball games and the sale of rights denomination in the parking lot. But if revenues are insufficient, Cleveland will have to find other sources to cover its share of the price.
Cuyahoga County Council has already approved its share – about $ 138 million, which comes largely from a tax on hotel stays and a county-wide tax on sales of alcohol and cigarettes.
Governor Mike DeWine has pledged to mobilize legislative support for a state contribution of $ 30 million.
In a final Cleveland City Council hearing last week, a Guardians representative argued that the team’s 81 home games are boosting economic development in the downtown area. The team is paying $ 150 million for the price – and argues that the renovation costs less than building a new stadium.