My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians (July 3, 2012)

The next stop on our summer baseball trip was to Cleveland, Ohio to check out Progressive Field, home of the Indians. It had been several years since I had been in Cleveland and it was a good game as the Angels came into town.

Like Great American Ballpark, its kissing cousin in Cincinnati, (and who doesn’t have one of those, right?) Progressive Field isn’t the flashiest stadium, even somewhat sterile and fairly unappealing to the eyes, but it does have good facilities and great seats.

Here’s some of what we discovered during our time with the Tribe…

  • At one point we heard the Indians war drum in left-center field, just one section over, when the Indians offense started catching fire. Any sports games is better with a massive war drum. Those should be standard issue for a whole variety of venues.
  • We walked through the Indians Hall of Fame display in left center. They did a great job of highlighting both franchise legends and great moments in Indians history. Take five minutes and enjoy the rich heritage of a perennial bridesmaid-finish team. (Sorry, Cleveland fans, that was for my best friend Randy, a die-hard Cleveland fan.)
  • When it comes to food, Progressive Field knows how to do it right. Cleveland is known for its cheesy fries, also called the “twisted potato,” a single spud sliced in a spiral and deep-fried to delight. Try saying that five times fast…
  • Parking wasn’t too bad at all; prepare to spend the typical $10-15. With I-90 and I-77 intersecting right next to the stadium though, it made for a surprisingly quick exit with minimal traffic at the end of the game.

The weather didn’t hold up though and we found cover from the rain with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Post-game fireworks weren’t going to happen with all the rain so we left early and checked Cleveland off our list. Twelve down, eighteen to go!

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