CLEVELAND - Progressive Field opened in 1994 when corporate suites were popular and profitable. Times have changed since the great recession; they are sitting on an excessive inventory of empty suites.
Progressive Field has more suites than the new Yankees and Mets stadiums combined. The Cleveland Indians showed off their innovative approach to filling one of them.
It’s the teen suite at Progressive Field. A large space chock full of fun for teenagers to help them unwind. The suite will hold up to 40 and is available for rent Friday, Saturday and Sundays during home games.
"We realized there wasn't really a space at the ballpark for this teenage demographic so we put together this teen suite and we're debuting it tonight," said Anne Keegan, the Assistant Director of Communications for the Cleveland Indians.
Friday night a group of students from Nordonia High School filled the place. They seemed to enjoy all it had to offer, which includes air hockey, comfy chairs, iPad-controlled music and time to hang out with friends.
"It's so crazy cause it's really only us in here, there's a bunch of new technology things, video games, there's Connect over there, music playing, it's really cool," said Susan Mantkowski, a junior at Nordonia High.
"Everyone seems to be having a really good time; I think they are just getting into it. We have video games for them, a pool table, we have a Twitter setup where they can watch and see what all of their friends are tweeting, food so far I think they're having a great time," said Keegan.
There’s also a baseball game. Good seats, good eats in this suite hits a home run for these kids.
The Indians Group Sales Department has packages that include four club seats for chaperones plus transportation options for those buying tickets packages for the teen suite. More information can be found on their web page Indians.com/teensuite .
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