Tonight, two of the Midwest’s storied baseball clubs take the diamond for the opening game of the World Series. At the corner of Carnegie & Ontario, the stands of Progressive Field will be filled with nearly 36,000 fans from across the country who traveled to Cleveland to enjoy the championship games. Those fans will be enjoying one of the widest selections of food and drink to be found at any major baseball stadium—much of it protected by ABCO Fire Protection.
Last winter Cleveland’s ballpark underwent renovations that included what the Plain Dealer called “an endless list of food options,” and ABCO was trusted with ensuring the fire safety of the new concessions. Eleven restaurant fire systems were added to protect new kiosks, the season ticket holders’ club, and several re-vamped concession stands around the park’s main concourse. Working through the winter in the open-air stadium, ABCO’s Restaurant Installation Team endured some tough conditions, but made sure the project was ready for Opening Day.
These weren’t just any concessions, they were big local names bringing Cleveland flavor into the storied halls of “The Jake.” Local craft beer and barbecue specialists Brew Kettle, and recent Great American Beer Festival award winners Fat Head’s Brewery, installed kiosks along the third-base line. “Mod Mex” pioneers Momocho brought their signature spices to a large stand behind first base—don’t look for bright-orange nacho cheese here. Fans of the classics need not worry however, ABCO’s fire suppression systems also protect several new vendors who dish out hot dogs with ballpark mustard.
As Cleveland’s Boys of Summer make history this fall, ABCO’s team takes special pride in their role in keeping the ballpark fire-safe. We’re proud our systems protect concessions at the stadium that USA Today says has the Best Ballpark Food, and Fox Sports says deserves to host an All-Star Game more than any other. We’re proud of our Cleveland origins, in the role we’re playing in the resurgence of our hometown. Most of all, we’re proud of our Tribe! #RallyTogther