Progressive Field is now certified as "sensory inclusive," after the Indians partnered with Kulture City out of Alabama, to ensure all programs, activities, and events that the ballpark hosts accommodate the needs of fans with sensory issues.
Part of the certification process was ensuring that all Progressive Field staff be trained by medical professionals to better recognize guests with sensory needs. Now, the stadium is equipped with sensory bags, that include noise-canceling headphones, weighted lap pads, and more.
Progressive Field joins other local establishments, including Quicken Loans Arena and the Akron Zoo as sensory inclusive.
See the full press release from the Indians below.
The Cleveland Indians have partnered with KultureCity to make Progressive Field and all of the programs and events that the ballpark hosts to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue who visit the ballpark.
The certification process entailed the staff at Progressive Field being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the ballpark who may feel overwhelmed by the environment and can be checked out from Fan Services.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like Progressive Field. With its new certification, the ballpark is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event at the ballpark
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a baseball game, a true community binding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Traci Johnson, Executive Director of KultureCity. “Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Indians are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation.
Kevin Kleps from Crain's Cleveland Business spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the mult-million dollar renovations at the Quicken Loans Arena being taken off the table.
After the news broke on the $140 million dollars worth of improvements being made to Quicken Loans Arena in the near future, many people have had a variance of opinions on the issue.
WKYC-TV reporter Tom Beres joined the Brad Russell Show to offer his take on the situation and what he's looking forward to seeing from the new and improved Q.
The news has come out that there will be $140 million worth of improvements made to Quicken Loans Arena in 2017, and fans will get a world-class experience whether they come for a Cavs game or any other event.
Sports business reporter Kevin Kleps from Crain's joined Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about what the $140 million dollar price tag entails and what it means for the downtown area.
For the full interview, click here.
The Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters have undergone a slight name change...call them the Cleveland Monsters now.
(Cleveland Monsters, news release) The American Hockey League's reigning Calder Cup Champions will have a new moniker heading into the team's 10th anniversary season in 2016-17, as the Cleveland Monsters were unveiled, along with new home, away and alternate jerseys, at a press conference on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena's Gateway Plaza.
Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski was joined onstage by John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations and Alternate Governor of the Monsters' proud NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Bill Zito, and Monsters SVP/COO of Franchise Operations Mike Ostrowski and the Calder Cup itself to announce the change.
"This brand refresh has been in the works for several seasons and we are thrilled to make the Cleveland Monsters a reality at long last," said Ostrowski Tuesday. "In the wake of the Monsters' Calder Cup Championship and the Cavs' NBA title, and heading into the Monsters' 10th anniversary season, we feel now is the perfect time for our organization to honor our great city and proudly become in title what this team has always been in sprit, the Cleveland Monsters."
After a video highlighting the Monsters' on-ice success and the long history of pro hockey in Cleveland culminated with the unveiling of the Monsters' new primary logo, Ostrowski invited two members of the Monster Hockey Girls onstage to help reveal the team's new home and away jerseys. With a primary color scheme of black, wine and a splash of gold, the Monsters will wear their white jerseys at home until midseason when, in accordance with AHL rules, home teams will begin wearing their dark uniforms for the duration of the campaign.