- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion wasn’t the only power upgrade made by the Indians this winter.

The club has installed new LED lights in the signature towers high above Progressive Field, part of the club’s cost-saving sustainability efforts. The new lights are more efficient and will be 20 to 30 percent brighter while reducing glare and shadows on the field.

The Indians replaced the 674 light fixtures using 1,500-watt bulbs with 456, 1,000-watt bulbs. The club said the new bulbs will power up more quickly and could result in a 70 percent reduction in electrical use. Cleveland is one of 10 major league teams using LED lights.

The upgraded lighting system and other new addition were announced Wednesday in advance of Tuesday’s home opener against the Chicago White Sox.

Cleveland Clinic has partnered with the Indians as the club’s exclusive health care provider. Along with doctors treating Indians players, the Clinic will provide access to fans at their downtown ballpark, which has undergone a significant remodeling in recent years.

The Indians’ run to the World Series last season also triggered a spike in ticket sales. The team said it already has sold 1.2 million tickets this season, a figure it didn’t reach in 2016 until July 4.

The spike in ticket sales was helped by the signing of Encarnacion, the former Toronto slugger who homered in his debut for Cleveland on Monday.

The Indians also have improved their in-stadium experience by offering free wireless and have added several new food vendors, including Market Garden Brewery.

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