Home of the Cleveland Indians
Team: Cleveland Indians
Stadium Capacity: 43,345
Progressive Field is a fan-friendly park located downtown within easy walking distance of many bars and restaurants. Formerly known as Jacobs Field, or The Jake, it was a dramatic upgrade for Indians' fans used to the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Tribe fans are a dedicated bunch and were responsible for an amazing sell-out streak that lasted from 1995-2000. Interest has cooled a little since then, but Progressive remains a great place to catch a game.
The spot to meet up with friends before a game and take in some Indians history is below the giant statue of Bob Feller near Gate C outside the park. Rapid Robert, his leg kicking high in full wind-up, was and is the greatest Tribe player ever. … Get to the park early so you can look around before the game starts. Visit Heritage Park beyond center field where the Indians Hall of Fame is located. Any punch-lines that pop into your head about Cleveland baseball will evaporate when you see the semi-circle of 13 granite markers honoring the likes of Feller, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Larry Doby, the first black to breech the color-line in the American League, and Satchel Paige. There is also a memorial plaque that dates to Cleveland’s old League Park and honors Ray Chapman, the only major leaguer to be killed during a game. … Next, walk over to the Batter’s Eye Bar in right-center field for a pre-game beer or cocktail at this bar that’s accessible to all ticket holders. … When having a brew, make it one from Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Co. The Burning River Pale Ale is excellent. And whether you go with a hot dog, Polish or Italian sausage, top it with Stadium Mustard or look like an amateur. … There are few bad seats in what is now known as ‘Pro’ field, and many spots where you can stand and watch the game and get a great view of the city skyline; so don’t stay nailed to your seat. … Watch out for John Adams, the Tribe’s self-appointed drummer who can be found in the last row of the bleachers pounding out a steady beat to rally the team. Adams began playing his drum at the old Municipal Stadium in 1973. … When the final out is recorded, it’s time to explore Cleveland’s Gateway District and the many bars and restaurants within walking distance of the park. Beer connoisseurs should head to the Boneyard Beer Farm with one of the largest draft selections in town. If you’re jonesing for a margarita, go to the Thirsty Parrot, while Nick’s Sports Corner has cheaper drinks and a more old-school feel. … Cleveland is, of course, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shores of Lake Erie not far from the park, and is a must-see if you even have a passing interest in music and culture. Explore it the morning of the game, or the morning after as long as you haven’t been partying like a rock star.
Boneyard Beer Farm, 748 Prospect Ave., (216) 575-0226
Thirsty Parrot, 812 Huron Rd., (216) 685-3200
Nick’s Sports Corner, 612 Prospect Ave., (216) 781-0966
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. (East Ninth Street at Lake Erie), (216) 781-ROCK
House of Blues, E. Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue, (216) 523-2583
Wise Guide Tips / Know what the locals know, go where the locals go
At Wise Guides, we believe “spectator” should be a verb. Not because you should suck down 12 beers, run on the field and try to take the first baseman’s job — you shouldn’t. It’s because there’s so much more to going to a game than simply sitting in your seat watching the action. There are stadiums and neighborhoods to explore, food and drink to try, history to learn and interesting people to meet. Try our Wise Guides tips, they are funny, helpful and, we hope, interesting.
Soak up the Scene at Progressive
The streets around Progressive Field are abuzz on game day, with plenty of salesmen having set up shot on the sidewalks and hawking Indians’ shirts, caps and other paraphernalia, often at deep discounts... Read more »