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.
Cleveland Indians Tickets: If you pick one of those low-demand games, you may get a great deal through a third party seller. Here is my recommendation for using them…
Progressive Field Seating: With Indians crowds smaller than they used to be, you can be a little picky now about where you sit. Here is something to avoid...
How To Get To Progressive Field: There is ample and inexpensive parking at Progressive Field, and numerous routes to drive there. However, I prefer using the RTA Rapid Transit; here is why…
Progressive Field Food: The Indians offer basic sustenance of every kind of taste for baseball fans. Here's a bit about the food.
More Progressive Field Food: OK, do you want a hot dog, or do you want a real, man-sized Slugger Dog? Here is a bit about the essential condiment in Cleveland.
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.
Progressive Field Photos: Check out some neat pics of Progressive Field, celebrating the unique ballpark in Cleveland.
Coming to visit Cleveland? Here is why I use Hotwire and where I stay on ballpark trips.
When It Was The Jake: My first trip to Jacobs Field was one of the best days of my life, and was the seed for what I do today. I've shared the story here.
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