Cleveland City Council Approves Guardian Lease at Baseball Stadium | Baseball
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland City Council voted on Monday to approve a lease that will keep the Guardians at Progressive Field until 2036.
The team will also be able to begin planning for renovations to the downtown baseball stadium, which will be upgraded as part of a $ 435 million project funded through a partnership between the Major League Baseball franchise. , the city, the county of Cuyahoga and the state of Ohio.
These renovations will not begin until after the 2022 season at the earliest.
The team, which recently changed their name from Indians to Guardians, had argued that the stadium, which opened as Jacobs Field in 1994, was in need of major repairs.
Under the deal, which was concluded in August, the franchise will pay $ 10.2 million over the term of the lease for repairs and improvements to the stadium. The city and county will contribute $ 8 million per year and the state will provide $ 2 million in aid per year.
Following the council vote, the Guardians released a statement praising what they see as a “wise investment that upholds Cleveland’s reputation as a Major League community.”
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