Cleveland Indians Opening Day 2015 Guide: Events, parking and renovations

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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers in the home opener at Progressive Field on April 10. Here’s what you need to know before the game:

Transportation and parking:

Parking downtown will cost around $20 on game day, depending on how close you want to be to the ballpark. There's also a home Cavs game at 7:30 p.m., which will drive up parking prices. RTA all-day passes are $5 for and parking is free at all rail stations. Children’s passes at $2.50 for kids ages 6 to 12. If you take the rapid lines to Tower City, use the walkway from the food court to the lobby of Quicken Loans Arena.

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Pregame:

The gates of Progressive Field open at 2 p.m. and Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry will throw the first pitch at 4:10 p.m. But there is a lot happening at the ballpark in between.

There will be a balloon launch at 2p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new right field gate. Fans can get an autograph from Carlos Baerga from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The block party will also feature jugglers, sketch artists and local band The Spazmatics, which plays 80s new wave.

Arianna Korting, a pianist and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform the Star-Spangled Banner.

The game:

The Tigers ended last season with a 90-72 record and their fourth American League Central title in a row, but lost to the Orioles in the American League Division Series. Cleveland finished five games back in the Central Division after advancing to the postseason in 2013.

Expecting to see AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber? Sorry folks, he’ll open the season in Houston on Monday. The home opener matchup pits Tribe right-hander Zach McAllister against 2014 All-Star Alfredo Simon.

As for the No. 7 patch on the right-sleeves of Cleveland’s jerseys, that’s a tribute to the late Al Rosen. Rosen, who spent his entire major league career with the Tribe, passed away on March 13 at age 91.

Beware the jinx. Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley were featured on one of four regional Sports Illustrated covers. But SI spread the unlucky wealth with Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals.

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Renovations:

At the end of last season, Indians President Mark Shapiro announced a long list of improvements to the now-21-year-old ballpark. Gate C and the right field look completely different.

“The Corner,” a nod to Tom Hamilton’s go-to phrase of “We’re underway from the corner of Carnegie and Ontario,” replaced the old Batter’s Eye bar. This two-story, climate-control hangout features more than 40 beers on tap and a rooftop fire pit.

The bullpens are now incorporated into the outfield stands, giving fans an up-close look at the pitching staff. The Kids Clubhouse was also expanded to two floors.

Check out “What’s new” in the video above.

Food:

Yes, you’ll still find the usual baseball fare like hotdogs and peanuts. But the Indians have added local treats from Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio Tacos and Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop. Fans can also enjoy the official ice cream provider of the Cleveland Indians, Pierre’s Ice Cream Co., as well as food and drinks from Great Lakes Brewing Company and Dynomite Burgers. Locate these special snacks in Progressive Field here.