Businesses prep for Indians home opener

CLEVELAND -- The countdown to the Indians' home opener is almost finished, but the frenzy is just getting started.

The sign outside Progressive Field says it all. "01 day until opening day."

That means businesses like the Thirsty Parrot are working around the clock to get ready for their busiest day of the year.

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"This is our Christmas and New Year's Eve all rolled into one. It's bigger than St. Patrick's Day," said George Schindler.

The cooler is stocked with 800 cases of beer.

Crews are pitching the tents, stacking the bar to the top and hanging 700 light bulbs inside and out.

While restaurants are working and prepping, Scott Merks is buying and selling -- tickets, that is.

Merks says sales are down this year.

"What we are seeing is it's busy, but it's not the number we are used to compared to last year because of the weather, and, being this close, most people already bought their tickets," said Merks.

Scott says tickets usually hover around $75 to $350, but this year they're going for $50 to $200, which means you can get a good last minute deal.

"With the weather conditions, people have to adjust their prices to make their inventory move, so the smart customers wait to the end," said Merks.

And if you want to get inside the Thirsty Parrot, you'll want to arrive early.

"We open at 10, and we usually have a lines outside by 11 o'clock," said Schindler.


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