Manica to lead design for Progressive Field revamp

Major League Baseball team the Cleveland Guardians has today (Monday) announced that design firm Manica, together with local architects Moody Nolan, Van Auken Akins and Robert P. Madison Inc., will serve as design partners for the upcoming renovation project at Progressive Field.

Manica will serve as the lead design architect on the project, while Moody Nolan will be architect of record. Van Auken Akins will be the interiors support architect and Robert P. Madison Inc. will be the construction support architect.

The Guardians will now seek out a construction management firm to work on the project before beginning the next stage of detailed planning for upcoming renovations and needed capital repairs.

It will mark the first time that Manica has worked on an MLB project. The company designed Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, and Chase Center, home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

The Guardians are hopeful that renovation work will occur over the next several years, with the project starting, at the earliest, after the 2022 season concludes. Enhancements will include transforming the left-field experience, which includes the Terrace Club, and reimagining the upper-deck concourse.

The project will also include a larger, more engaged social space in the seating area behind home plate, and clubhouse/front-office building renovations.

The announcement comes after the Guardians’ new lease deal to continue playing at Progressive Field was approved in January. In November, Cleveland City Council voted to approve a $435m (£333m/€396m) deal to redevelop Progressive Field and ensure the Guardians’ future in the city until at least 2036.

The project aims to improve and extend the life of the publicly owned ballpark, which having opened in 1994 is the 11th oldest stadium in MLB. The Guardians’ previous lease deal had been due to expire in 2023.

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