Posted on November 22 2016
Major League Baseball Tour
ABOUT THE GAME
2 hours 39 minutes
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
76 degrees, partly cloudy
Did you know?
As we travel from one Major League Baseball stadium to the next, we are really enjoying how each stadium is completely different and has its own character, history, and architecture. Here are a few of the unusual facts about Progressive Field that we found especially interesting.
Facts Unique to
The First Pitch
More than just a game.
Historians are certain to identify the year 1994 as a significant time in the renaissance of the city of Cleveland. And it is the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, consisting of Progressive Field, the home of the Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cavs, that will be remembered as the crowning jewel in the city’s ever-changing urban landscape.
The Cleveland Indians organization and the Gateway Economic Development Corporation worked closely to fund, design, and build a world-class facility created expressly for baseball, specifically for Cleveland, and most importantly, with the fans’ “total experience” in mind.
Progressive Field is an urban ballpark in the truest sense, both architecturally and aesthetically. Built within the physical boundaries of three main streets in downtown Cleveland (Ontario to the west, Carnegie to the south, and E. 9th Street to the east), Progressive Field offers a fan-friendly facility featuring an intimate environment.
The seats at Progressive Field are among the most comfortable in the game, with more leg room due to wider aisles. In addition, better elevation between rows means clear and unobstructed sight lines to the field. A truly unique feature at Progressive Field is the angled seating sections. Located just beyond the dugouts in both the lower and upper decks, the seats are angled 8 to 12 degrees. This offers fans who sit in these sections a view of the middle of the diamond, minus the crick in the neck.
Our Reflections on the Game
Advice and reflections from the Glanville Team
Thoughts from James
Massive scoreboard/big screen Megatron – it is like 3X bigger than most. We actually went there twice because we were in Cleveland a day early and heard there was rain forecast for our ticketed day, so we bought cheap $6 tickets and sat under the Megatron in the bleachers the first night. The second night it rained right up until game time, and then the baseball gods said, “Play ball.” So we had our awesome first row seats by third base after all, and had a better experience. The hot dog smell wasn’t that good. Progressive Field was kind of a plain field with not too much going on. There are a lot of rules outside the park, but inside the stadium it is all baseball! The stadium was easy to get in and out of and within walking distance to hotels.James
There is a very grand entrance, and it is an easy stadium to get in and out of. The field looks out to the Cleveland downtown skyline, and the government building is lit up in all sorts of colors that change throughout the game. It is very impressive. The entrance and the metalwork almost look like BIG toothbrushes. There are some nice places to eat within the ballpark, but the hot dog stands are not that great, and the hot dogs didn’t look all that good. They were selling them for one dollar, so…. I think you get what you pay for! We managed to find cool drinks and enjoyed both games at this stadium.Christie
Some snapshots from the game.
Thank you for following along! Stay tuned, next we are heading to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Citizens Bank Park, on August 2nd, 2016. See you after!
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