Progressive Field

When did Progressive Field Open?

Progressive Field (formerly known as Jacobs Field) opened up on April 2, 1994. The naming rights of the field belong to the car insurance company, Progressive Insurance. The new park replaced Cleveland Stadium and is known as one of the best MLB ballparks in the game. Progressive Field will be hosting the 2019 All Star Game and Home Run Derby.

 

Here is my review of Progressive Field along with my video experience of a game in 2019.

What Time do the Gates Open at Progressive Field?

Behind Home Plate at Progressive Field

What time is batting practice at Jacobs Field is a common question fans ask. If the game starts at 12:10, the Indians open their doors only 1 hour before the first pitch which makes catching batting practice almost impossible. If the park is starting at a normal hour, you can expect the venue to open two hours before first pitch.

 

Where is Progressive Field Located?

Outside Progressive Field

The location of Progressive Field (the Jake or Indians ballpark) is in downtown Cleveland, Ohio in the United States. The exact address of the park is 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland Ohio 44115. The ballpark sits next to Quicken Loans Arena which is home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cleveland Cavaliers are an NBA team out in the Eastern Conference. Check out the Indians parking guide if you plan to drive to the game.

 

Just outside The Jake, fans can walk to Lake Erie to catch the views. The Cleveland Brown’s Stadium (FirstEnergy Stadium) sits right on Lake Erie. There are many bars and restaurants between the NFL and MLB / NBA arena, so take advantage of this distance when you visit Jacobs Field in 2019.

 

What Team Plays at Progressive Field?

Batter Behind Homeplate at Progressive Field

Progressive Field (Formerly known as Jacobs Field) is home of the Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland Indians are an MLB team in the American League Central Division. The teams in their division include the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and the Minnesota Twins.

 

What are the Dimensions at Indians Stadium?

The dimensions at the ballpark are generally a hitter’s park from home plate in any direction. From left field to right field, the aspects run as followed. Left field is 325 feet, 370 feet in left center, 410 in the center, 375 in right center, and 325 feet in right field. One of the most distinguished parts of the ballpark is the fence out in left field. This fence is 19 feet high which is 10 feet taller than center field and right field.

 

What is the Capacity at Progressive Field?

Bleacher View at Progressive Field

Since the opening of the park in 1994, The Jake’s capacity has reduced total seating capacity size to create more fan-friendly sections. The seating capacity in 1994 was at 42,865 seats. As of 2019, the Indians have reduced the overall size down to 35,041. The majority of the seats removed come out in deep right field.

 

Cleveland Indians Tickets

All Star Game at Cleveland

Getting tickets to a major league baseball game for the Indians will not be hard except for opening day. The best games to get tickets to are against the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, or the Tampa Bay Rays. Fans can go to StubHub, Ticketmaster, Seat Geek, and more to find tickets from season ticket holders who are trying to sell their seats. You can always show up on game day to purchase tickets as well as the games won’t be sold out.

 

Funny story though, I tried to show up to a game on the year that the Indians made it to the World Series. The summer game I went was against the Toronto Blue Jays, and the game was completely sold out. When the Indians are fantastic, you need to use a third-party service to buy tickets. If the team is not doing well, you can find Indians baseball tickets a lot easier.

 

Nearby Parks

The closest ballpark to Progressive Field is PNC Park which is home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans traveling north can catch a game at Rogers Centre which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays. If you go across the state, you will get to The Great American Ballpark which is in Cincinnati Ohio. The Great American Ballpark is home to the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Notable Features

Jim Thome Statue at Progressive Field

In 1997, the Jake (Progressive Field) hosted the Major League All-Star Game. The MVP of that game was Sandy Alomar JR, and the American League won 3-1 in that game. The Indians had some good representation on the roster for the game including David Justice, Sandy Olomar Jr, and Jim Thome.

 

The pedestrian bridge out in the right field is one of the newest sections in the ballpark. With the removal of seats in upper deck right field, the Cleveland Indians turned their right field area into a standing room section. The Kids Clubhouse is on the second upper deck level out in right field, so that is a good sport for families. This design was something that the Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) have done in the right field to reduce seats and bring in a better experience for the fans. The terrace club out in along left field is a staple part of the ballpark. Fans will need to have a ticket to get into this section, but inside you will find a nice restaurant.

 

One great feature of the stadium is the Corner which is out in right field. Here you will find amazing craft beer like Great Lakes Brewing and countless drink rails to stand and watch the game. At each foul pole at the stadium, you will find drink rails for fans to watch the game from. Fans should also take in Heritage Park out in center field to look at the team’s history. Finally, fans like the Corner out in right field that is a two level floor with lots of food and drinks for fans to enjoy.