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City council approves to pay portion of $435 million Progressive Field renovation

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-29 22:08:40-05

CLEVELAND — The financing package behind the proposed $435 million renovations of Progressive Field and lease extension for the Cleveland Guardians was passed by city council on Monday.

The council approved a $117 million contribution toward the $435 million deal to update Progressive Field.

The City of Cleveland will contribute $8 million annually under the terms of the deal and the State of Ohio will contribute $2 million per year. Total public contributions amount to $285 million.

The city’s portion of the financing package is a smorgasbord of different funds, including $3.2 million from the sports facility improvement fund, $2.6 million in admission tax revenue, $2 million in parking garage revenue, $333,000 in revenue from selling the naming rights of the parking garage as well as $350,000 in unspecified sources.

The financing package for Progressive Field is tied to a lease extension that will keep the Guardians playing in Cleveland through 2036.

The council passed the legislation by a 13-3 vote.

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