Progressive Field Information:
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Address: 2401 Ontario Street Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Parking: Parking is available surround the Jacobs Field, parking fees start at $10
Year Opened: 1994
Occupants: Cleveland Indians
Rules: Cameras are permitted. Food in plastic bags are allowed. Recording devices, cans, bottles, coolers, umbrellas are not allowed.
The Cleveland Indians had a long road to the Major Leagues that began in 1901 when Ban Johnson, president of the newly-formed National League, moved a team from Grand Rapids to Cleveland that would become the Cleveland Blues. The Blues were renamed the Bronchos after a year, dubbed the Naps from 1905-14 and then called the Indians in 1915. During this time, the team played at League Stadium, which was rebuilt several times before closing in 1946 with a capacity of 21,400.
In the 1930s, the Indians would split time between Cleveland Municipal Stadium and League Stadium, with games being played at League on weekdays and holidays until 1946. The Indians would enjoy many great moments at Municipal Stadium over the years, but they finally got the modern ballpark they needed in 1994 with the opening of Jacobs Field (renamed Progressive Field in 2008).
Unlike Municipal Stadium, which doubled as a football venue for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, Progressive Field was built exclusively for baseball and continued the trend of old-style ballparks with brick facades and an urban locale. The stadium is located in the Gateway Sports & Entertainment Complex, which also includes the Arena at Gateway, the home of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. This district is teeming with night clubs, shops and restaurants and is part of a larger vision of revitalizing the downtown area. There is also plenty of parking, as there are more than 30,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the stadium.
The ballpark is also jam-packed with concessions, team shops and luxury boxes, giving a new generation of Indians fans a bevy of modern amenities. One of the best is the Market Pavilion, offering everything from hot dogs and nachos to cocktails and cold beer. Before, during and after the games, fans can also visit Heritage Park, a team museum that houses the Indians Hall of Fame as well as a multimedia exhibit of the greatest moments in team history.
Progressive Field has been good to the Indians over the years, with all seven of the team's division championships taking place within its confines. The team has been a regular presence in the postseason race and the future looks bright for the franchise. The Indians are always a factor in American League Central, and fans come out in droves each year to cheer them on in this spectacular ballpark.