Progressive Field transforms into a winter wonderland

December 9th, 2010

Looking for a source of winter entertainment this holiday season? You can find it at Indians Snow Days. 

Progressive Field opened its doors to the public on Nov. 26 with its “Snopening” day, providing the Cleveland community with an opportunity to create new memories and experience a winter wonderland.

 Indians Snow Days is the first event of its kind in Major League Baseball and is currently in the first year of its existence. 

The idea for Indians Snow Days was sparked several years ago by the NHL’s Winter Classic. 

The Snow Days idea has taken several different forms, but the current idea came from the vision of Executive VP of Business Dennis Lehman, and VP of Ballpark Operations Jim Folk, this past January.

“We created Indians Snow Days at Progressive Field to be the destination for winter entertainment in Northeast Ohio,” said Indians Vice President of Public Relations Bob DiBiasio. 

“This first-of-its-kind event will give downtown Cleveland another marquee attraction this winter that will be sure to create memories for families, friends and co-workers.”

“In addition to bringing people downtown, we have hired employees to staff the event and have utilized several vendors from the Northeast Ohio region to assist us with the event ranging from scaffolding to signage to landscaping to electrical engineers,” said Robert Campbell, Cleveland Indians PR worker.

Each day, the Indians will blanket Progressive Field with 150 tons of snow, which will result in more than 5,000 tons of snow over the course of the event. 

There are seven different events available at Snow Days. General admission price is $5, and to use the ice skating rink and the snow tubing is $10 and $20 respectively. 

The Batterhorn (Snow Tubing), presented by RTA is a 10-lane snow tubing hill on top of Time Warner Cable Bleachers. 

There are eight adult lanes and two children’s lanes starting at the top of the outfield wall. Snow Days has two ice skating rinks. 

The Frozen Mile is a quarter of a mile ice skating path around the outfield. The design of the Frozen Mile is the first type of ice skating rink in the United States. 

There is also the Rookie Rink, for less-experienced skaters in the corner of the left field. 

Young kids who aren’t quite up for ice skating or snow tubing, can participate in the Slider’s Snow Zone, which allows kids to just play in the snow in deep left field. 

The Winter Haven is a walking trail through the outfield, having winter lights and a 3,000 square foot snow maze. 

If you just want to watch the festivities, you can sit in the Home Run Porch, which has a fire pit and concessions, or sit by a heater in the Indians Home Dugout.

Snow Days expects to have a few thousand attendees every day. 

It will be running until Jan. 2, 2011, and will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.