Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Home of the Cleveland Indians
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While Oriole Park at Camden Yards is said to have started the whole ballpark boom, credit must be given to Progressive Field (then Jacobs Field) for its contribution.
Camden Yards may have revived Baltimore’s downtown as both a recreation and tourist destination, but Jacobs Field did twice as much for Cleveland. Cleveland was the butt of city jokes, the “Mistake By The Lake”, a place known for a river catching fire. The opening of Jacobs Field in 1994 changed all of that.
Cleveland was already a city that loved its baseball team more than anyone gave it credit for, but when the beautiful new ballpark opened and a perennially last place team suddenly became very competitive, winning five straight division titles playing in front of 455 straight sellout crowds, Cleveland was a joke no more.
The city built a Science Center and won the bid for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, beating out Philadelphia in the final round. A football team that departed for Baltimore was almost immediately replaced and with a beautiful new facility to boot. Before 1994, if you had said “Cleveland Rocks” to anyone familiar with the town, you might have gotten a bemused reaction. Now the words invoke the theme to the Drew Carey Show, and the people singing it mean it.
More than anything else, Jacobs Field, now Progressive Field to the consternation of many Indians fans, was the catalyst for all of this. Any city with a beautiful ballpark can’t be all bad.
Unfortunately, Progressive Field isn’t always the hopping place it once was. However, this is good news for you—tickets are not only much easier to come by, they’re also plenty cheap if you know where to look.As always, I’m here to help.
Progressive Field Extras: There’s a lot to see at Progressive Field besides Indians baseball; here are my three “don’t miss it”s at the Prog.
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I hope you find this information helpful, and if you’d like to know much more about getting tickets, seating, getting to and eating at Progressive Field, check out the Progressive Field E-Guide! The Progressive Field E-Guide is loaded with tips and advice on everything from parking to peanuts, and it’s just $4.99 through PayPal or major credit card. Click here to learn more!