CLEVELAND — For more than 100 years, Cleveland baseball fans have been cheering for the Indians and wearing Indians apparel. Now, fans are getting their hands on official Guardians merchandise for the first time since the team announced their name change.
What You Need To Know
- The Cleveland Guardians team store officially opened, giving fans the opportunity to purchase exclusive Guardians gear
- Cleveland Guardians gear will be sold exclusively at the Guardians team store at Progressive Field until Nov. 23. Products will then become available at other northeast Ohio retailers
- The team has also changed its digital and social media platforms as part of the transition
Greg and Lucas Foot were first in line at the team store at Progressive Field.
“We wanted to figure out what's something fun we could do, something memorable,” Greg Foot said. “When does your team change the name? So we thought, let's come out and cheer on and be the first in line.”
Walking through the doors of the newly renovated Guardians team store, Greg and Lucas were two of the many Cleveland Guardians fans to finally see and shop for a variety of Cleveland Guardians gear including hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and souvenirs.
"Okay, people. Tomorrow morning, [9:00AM]! Santa's coming to town!"— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) November 18, 2021
The Team Store is officially open for business tomorrow from 9:00AM to 7:00PM! Can't wait to see you there! 😍 pic.twitter.com/xh1BG6OdzV
Since announcing the name change, fans have been vocal, some with support and others with criticism. Some shoppers said they’re just thankful to have a team to root for.
“Only 27 cities in America have baseball teams,” Lucas Foot said. “So I’m thankful that we have a team and whatever they call themselves.”
The team store is the exclusive local seller of Guardians merchandise until Nov. 23.