A Guide To Progressive Field

May 8, 2012 11:00 AM

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Progressive Field (credit: http://www.mlb.com)

2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 420-4487
www.mlb.com/cle/ballpark/index.jsp
Progressive Field, home field for the Cleveland Indians, was built at the same time as Quicken Loans Arena in 1994. These adjacent arenas were the first to be simultaneously built in the United States.

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Progressive Field grounds crew roll out the tarp on Aug. 14, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio. (credit: John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Tickets and Comfort

The best seats in the house are Diamond Box, Field Box and Infield Lower Box. Plenty of other good seats can be had in the Lower Box, View Box and Lower Reserved. Also available are Mezzanine, Upper Box, Bleachers and Upper Reserved. Tickets must be purchased for anyone 3 years old and up. Dress for about 10 degrees below the prevailing temperature, as Lake Erie winds originating in Canada make downtown Cleveland colder than surrounding areas. On sunny days, be sure to bring sunglasses and a hat. Not all seating is in the shade.
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Jacobs Field, the previous name of the stadium, saw the 1995 World Series win over the Atlanta Braves. (credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)

Food and Activities

Dining options at Progressive Field are plentiful. The Terrace Club restaurant overlooks the field and serves contemporary food in the $15 to $30 range. A game-day buffet costs about $40 per person and includes six entrees, four salads and three appetizers. If you have a club-level ticket, you’ll have access to club dining and lounges, and of course, traditional ballpark treats are available throughout the stadium. Outside food, in serving-size containers, is allowed. No alcohol may be brought in.

Need a break from the game? Check out Heritage Park behind centerfield, which is a walkway through Indians history. It is open before and during games, as well as until 15 minutes after the game ends.

The newly expanded “Indians Clubhouse” is another way the Indians are showing their continuing commitment to creating memories, connecting generations and celebrating families.  “The Rookie Suite” geared towards kids age 6 and under, is a 4,000 square foot indoor playground with arts & crafts, Step 2 activities, a climbing wall and Slider entertainment area. “The Slugger’s Sandlot” will offer grade-school aged children activities such as an outdoor playground featuring wiffle ball field, batting cage, base sliding, speed pitch, and video game area.

Some important locations within the stadium include: first aid provided by the Cleveland Clinic in Sections 119, 551 and behind 546; Fan Services in Sections 153 and 550; the Team Shop at Section 165 and a kids Team Shop at Section 117.

Autographs are signed in Sections 125 through 134 and 169 through 175, until 45 minutes before game time. The field is wheelchair accessible with companion space provided, but this must be secured upon ticket purchase. Cameras and video cameras are welcome at the games as long as they don’t disturb other fans.

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Progressive Field (credit: David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images)

Directions and Lodging

Progressive Field is easy to find as it sits on Ontario Street, one of the main Cleveland streets that converge at the city’s center at Terminal Tower/Tower City. From I-90, take the Ontario Street exit directly to the stadium. Ample surface lots and parking garages are available.
If you are staying overnight and you want to be near Progressive Field, check out the Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway, which is directly across from the arena and offers special rates [(216) 377-9000]. Get information on other area hotels at Positively Cleveland.

- Tonya Vinas

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