On the suite level at Progressive Field, centrally perched above home plate, lies the press box, an area spanning from one dugout to the other that hosts media covering both teams. The spacious chamber permits a view of nearly the entire ballpark, and now fans can experience a similar vantage point.
The Indians have eliminated 10 suites and constructed a 5,000-square-foot Premium Club adjacent to the team's radio booths on the first-base side of the press box. The private lounge will contain 20 high-definition TVs with live viewing access into the SportsTime Ohio pregame and post-game broadcasts, plush seating, all-inclusive upscale cuisine, drink and dining rails and a full bar. Fans will be able to enjoy their meals or drinks while watching the action with an open-air view.
"We are excited to open this new, exclusive space for the 2013 season," said team president Mark Shapiro. "It will allow us to better serve a segment of the fan base that our research clearly determined desires a more premium experience. The new club features amenities and exclusive benefits that will give our fans a truly premium experience at Progressive Field."
The Indians are offering 100 seats for the Premium Club on a season-ticket basis. More information is available at Indians.com/PremiumClub.
Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.