Hey, didn’t we just spend two summers trying to help the Cleveland Indians change their name and logo?
Well, it looks like, after tonight, the Indians’ baseball team — located in the city of Cleveland, Ohio — is playing its last game at home under the current name.
The Cleveland Indians have an “existing agreement” that runs through 2019 with Progressive Field, a three-and-a-half-year old ballpark with a regular-season capacity of 36,000, which the team has shared with the Cleveland Cavaliers since the 2014 NBA Finals. And, according to USA Today, the team just reached a tentative deal to extend their agreement with the Ciboga-Spectrum joint venture, of which the center-field fireworks have been the lone remaining paid attraction since no concerts were ever scheduled there.
In a statement to the Columbus Dispatch, the Cavs and the Indians said:
“The Cleveland Indians have an existing agreement with the Cavaliers that runs through this year, and we expect that to continue. The team has agreed to put an additional $20 million into the facility to provide new amenities for fans, and the Cavaliers remain committed to the relationship. We have a long-standing relationship with the Indians that dates back to the early years of our organization. We look forward to a strong season and long-term future together at Progressive Field.”
So, well played, folks. After giving fans a tough choice between the names “Chief Wahoo” and “The Tribe,” the team made the right decision and went with the latter.