Indians Launch Fan-Focused Parking and Concession Deals for Second Half of Season
By Mike Brandyberry
This morning the Cleveland Indians, along with the help and support of Great Lakes Brewery and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announced several fan-focused transportation and concession initiatives for the second half of the season.
“We are here today because of our efforts not only to make our fans the focus of our actions on the field, but the driving commitment we’ve got to make our fans all of our focus off the field as well,” Indians Team President, Mark Shapiro said. “Over the past few years, and in particular the first half of this season, we’ve made a strong effort to engage our fans, to listen, to talk to them, to continue to hear their concerns.”
Through listening to fans and the nuances that enhance or detract from the fan experience, two messages were continuous: a disappointment with parking and concessions.
“We’ve got a very special weekend to draw attention to these efforts coming up on the parking and transportation front, on July 20, 21 and 22—which happens to coincide with Rock ‘n Blast—we’re going to have a Free Parking and Transportation Weekend,” Shapiro said.
Fans purchasing tickets in advance will be able to park in the Gateway East Garage this weekend for free by entering the password, “parking,” when ordering their tickets. In addition to the Indians efforts, RTA Rail Service (Blue, Green and Red lines) will offer free transportation when showing your Indians game ticket that day and there will be a free shuttle service to and from Ohio City to the game.
At the conclusion of Free Parking and Transportation Weekend, RTA will introduce a special Family Fare of $10 round trip for home weekend games with advance Indians ticket purchase at Team Shops and Indians.com. The RTA Family Fare allows two adults and up to four children to ride.
The Indians and Lakefront Lines will shuttle fans to and from games for $1 round trip for every Indians home weekend game for the remainder of the season. Great Lakes Brewery Company’s, “Fatty Wagon,” shuttle is already available for every game for $1.
Once the Indians get fans to the game as cheaply and conveniently as possible, they will now offer two different concession combo package deals.
“We want to make a baseball game an experience that everyone can have,” Shapiro said. “We want not only the game, but the experience, the fan experience, that often has the classic smells, sights and tastes, so we created two combo packages that each represent a 20-40% savings.”
The Indians are introducing their, “Classic Combo Deals,” featuring the ballpark’s best selling individual food items. Tribe fans can now enjoy a, “Hot Dog Classic Combo Deal,” Sugardale all-beef hot dog, one large popcorn and one 16 oz. Pepsi product for $8. Adults can enjoy a, Brat Classic Combo, which includes one brat and one 12 oz. beer also for only $8.
Classic Combo Deals will remain on the menu of all, “Ballpark Classic” stands throughout the ballpark.