The Cleveland Indians struck gold last winter with a Snow Days promotion that turned Progressive Field into a winter wonderland, and the team is poised to do much more after scheduling a Ohio State-Michigan hockey game at the ballpark.
The Indians drew over 50,000 fans to the ballpark for "Snow Days" last winter by bringing in 5,000 tons of snow to the ballpark and creating activities like he Batterhorn (a 10-lane snow-tubing hill from the top of the bleacher), the Frozen Mile (a quarter-mile ice-skating track around the outfield, with a small kids' ice-skating rink in the left-field corner), Slider's Snow Mountain (a kids' play area in short left field), Winter Haven (a walking trail through the outfield featuring winter lights) and the Home Run Porch (an area to congregate and watch the festivities, complete with fire pit and concessions).
This year the Indians will up the ante with an Ohio State-Michigan hockey game that the team expects to bring 43,000 or so fans to Progressive Field on January 15. A new hockey sheet will be constructed in the baseball infield, giving the grandstand-seated fans the best views of the action. Any match between Ohio State and Michigan is a good draw, of course.
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