Progressive Field Photo Gallery
There is a walkway from the train station in Tower City that leads to Progressive Field. And just in case it's not clear, it is clearly marked "Walkway". You can tell this kid is ecstatic that they won't get lost on the way to the game.
The "Who's On First?" letters outside of Gate C, for the classic Abbott & Costello bit. Trivia: What was the name of the right fielder in that bit?
The walkway from the main garage to the center field picnic area, just in case you didn't feel like crossing a street. Kind of a cool double secret entrance, actually.
In some garages north of the ballpark, you can arrive early in the morning and park super cheap all day. At least, I assume it's the garages putting these signs up and not the strange looking fellow at the gate.
This is the Great Lakes Brewery Fatty Wagon, which I believe is the only tavern shuttle to Progressive Field in the area. Of course, microbrews and a ballgame are pretty much all a city needs.
The Bob Feller statue outside of Gate C, where there was recently a memorial celebrating the Heater From Van Meter. You always get those scam artists setting up carts trying to sell "statue views".
The Indians haven't often been among the elite teams in baseball history, but there were times when they rose to the top. I can imagine the Cleveland press in 1948 proclaiming the 28-year drought finally over.
These are the Club seats, which come at a premium price but include access to the climate-controlled Club. If you don't think that's worth the extra charge, you haven't been to an April game in Cleveland.
Here is the actual Club, with windows overlooking the street outside. Has that pure retro baseball feel, doesn't it?
This is the Budweiser Patio, the party area behind the left field foul pole. Is it just me or are metal seats and tables a bad idea on August afternoons? No elbows on the table! Ouch!
In the FanCave, you can kick back, watch the game on a hi-def TV and feel right at home. Of course, you could just stay home, I guess, but there isn't likely a buffet there or a TV in the bathroom. Yes, there's a TV in the bathroom, clearly angled for viewing while doing business sitting. Talk about Quality Time.
The Dugout Suites are behind the screen here, so you can watch the game from field level behind home plate, as if you were sitting in the dugout except you can't spit tobacco juice onto the field.
The upper right field seats at Progressive are not good seats, and with 455 straight sellouts now a memory, the Indians don't even have those sections open most games. I expect they're conducting some secret business there now; an usher almost shot me for wandering toward it.
The standing room in left field, now the Toyota Home Run Porch. A popular hangout for those looking for a home run ball. You can get a prime spot so long as you can suspend bladder operation.
The windows down the left field line are part of the Terrace Club, the high class restaurant with a view of the field. They have a buffet, but from what I've read they only allow one trip to the buffet station. I have food-piling skills, but I don't know if I could get my money's worth on that one.
At Spuds and Suds in the lower concourse, they put out a bowl of potatoes just so you know that the fries are fresh and not the frozen kind. Actually, I'm not sure how this proves that. After all, the bowl is still there and they're serving fries.
This is a pizza from Bertman's, a name normally known for ballpark mustard. Looks pretty appetizing if Domino's-esque. (And yes, I'm proud of coming up with a word like "Domino's-esque".)
These are the pulled pork nachos available in the Market Pavilion. Look at all of those jalapenos. I would stay close to a restroom with these.
These are the giant-sized dogs and sausages, at Hot Dogs Plus I believe. Seeing these reminds me why baseball is so popular.
And there's only one worthy condiment for a dog so large: Bertman's Ballpark Mustard, not to be confused with the cheap imitation Stadium Mustard. Dijon mustard with a nice kick--not enough to blow out the back of your brain, but still pretty good.
There are some nice views of Cleveland and picnic tables on the upper level concourse, as a consolation for the cold with no club access. Looks like you need to hustle to get across that cross-walk!
The scoreboard at Progressive is still mighty impressive, even as bigger Jumbotrons have appeared elsewhere. Nice how AT&T gets some relatively cheap advertising.
Heritage Park celebrates Cleveland baseball greats throughout history. There's even a dedication to Ray Chapman, one of only two players to be killed by a pitched baseball. Cleveland can't catch a frigging break.
One of the Sugardale hot dog mascots, who have a mascot race during the game. This is the three-fingered Mustard Dog wishing me well. Yes, I'm in my forties and taking pictures of baseball mascots. Life is great.
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