This week the DTTWLN staff is doing an in-depth look at the Cleveland Indians attendance. While everyone knows the Indians have an attendance problem, how they necessarily got to this point appears to be an explanation with many answers including play on the field, population and economic changes and improvements in technology. Regardless of the reasons, one thing is certain, the Indians have an attendance problem. Today, we examine the historical aspect of the Indians’ attendance.
In 1946, new Indians owner Bill Veeck made a decision that in the short term helped the Tribe but in the long term almost ruined them – or forced their relocation.
Veeck headed a syndicate that bought the Indians for $2.2 million, and he took over as managing partner in June 1946. After that year, he decided that the Indians would leave League Park at East 66th and Lexington in favor of Municipal Stadium, at the end of East Ninth Street at the lakefront.
By Vince Guerrieri
Twenty years ago last week, construction started on Cleveland’s field of dreams.
On April 16, 1992, concrete started being poured for the new baseball stadium as part of the Gateway Project in downtown Cleveland, which also included a new arena that would be the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, then playing in the Richfield Coliseum.