Take The “RTA” Train
Despite that Progressive Field is in the heart of downtown Cleveland, it isn’t all that difficult to drive to the game, at least when there isn't a mammoth construction going on as there is now. There are three interstates with exits dropping one off right at the ballpark, and ample parking can be had in any direction.
When I'm in Cleveland though, I prefer finding a park-and-ride on Cleveland’s RTA Rapid Transit, and taking the train to the ballpark for several reasons:
- RTA trains are inexpensive; you might be able to get a good deal on parking at the ballpark, but you will use some gas getting there, and the RTA gives day passes relatively cheap. Most park-and-rides do not charge anything to use their lots.
- RTA trains are surprisingly comfortable, more so than any other big city public transit trains that I’ve ridden, anyway. The seats are large and padded, and the view isn’t bad on the way, especially approaching Tower City and downtown Cleveland.
- The RTA drops riders off at the Tower City Center, which is sort of a small mall. From Tower City there is a covered walkway that is about a quarter of a mile to the Quicken Loans Arena (the “Q”) and Progressive Field right next door.
This last is a nice reason; Tower City has shops and restaurants including a Hard Rock Café; you can have a decent meal before or after the game or you can find goodies to put in your bag for the ballpark. The walkway is open for about 90 minutes after the last out, so you have plenty of time to use the walkway after the game. You can still get to the train station without the walkway, you just won’t be protected from the elements.
Again, it isn’t difficult to drive to the ballpark, but I prefer avoiding the pre- and post-game traffic around the ballpark, and RTA is well-suited for getting you to the Indians game.
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