Pro Sports Stadium Review: Progressive Field

The Cleveland Indians have made Progressive Field their home since 1994 after they moved from Municipal Stadium which was named “The Mistake by the Lake”.  Municipal Stadium was the original football/baseball multi-purpose stadium. It seated a much too many 75,000 fans for baseball which meant mostly empty seats for Indians games.

When Jacobs Field, the original name for Progressive Field, opened in 1994, it was full every game for years. Of course, the team was really good which never happened at Municipal Stadium so that didn’t hurt either.

The Indians had not been to a World Series since 1954 until they moved into Progressive Field played in the World Series in 1995 and again in 1997. Cleveland has also played in the postseason in 1996 when they went to the ALDS, in 1998 when they lost to the New York Yankees in the ALCS, 1999 when they lost in the ALDS, 2001 when they lost in the ALDS, 2007 when they lost in the ALCS and 2013 when they lost the AL Wild Card game.

More teams make it to the playoffs now than during the Municipal Stadium days, but Indians fans have grown quite accustomed to winning in Progressive Field. Since the opening of the new stadium, the Indians games are the place to be in the summer time.

Progressive Field is rated by baseball fans as one of the top venues in the Major Leagues. No more do the Indians play in an ugly football stadium where many fans had to sit with columns in the way of their view of the field. This ballpark is beautiful with a great view from anywhere. The stadium just underwent its first facelift which now gives it a party deck in right field similar to what Colorado did with Coors Field.

Graphic via wikipedia

The view inside Progressive Field is fantastic with the three levels of seating which all but the upper level are chair backed seats with arm rests. The third level seats do not have backs, but a ticket for those is only $5.00 so you can’t really complain.

The background is gorgeous with the downtown area in the view and form the outside looking in, the trees around the ballpark it is a beautiful ballpark in a great neighborhood. The fans are friendly and know their baseball. One might think they’d be a bit surly since none of them are old enough to remember Cleveland winning a World Championship in any sport.

The food around the area and inside Progressive Field is very good and also very affordable. These include Ohio’s own Sugardale hot dogs and Pierre’s ice cream which are both delicious. There is a wide selection of beers including Dortmunder Gold Lager, brewed right there in Cleveland.

The area surrounding Progressive Field is a wide selection of restaurants and bars including Nicks Sports Bar and Wilbert’s which is known for their ribs. Just a short 15-20 minute drive away you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How cool is that?

If you do decide to go to a game at Progressive Field, try to get tickets on the first base side as the view is the best on that side. You can see Quicken Loans Arena and the other buildings make it a breath taking view.

One of the unique things about going to an Indians game is the guy in left field who beats a drum during the game whenever the team is trying to rally or stop the opponents from rallying. The crowd really gets into the game when this is happening.

Progressive Field is a must see for any baseball fan. Go check it out if you are traveling in the area.

Graphic via fineartamerica

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