Progressive Field Renovation – Cleveland’s Best
Progressive Field (the Jake) has undergone some MAJOR renovations. If you’ve not heard, the Indians spent around $25 million to overhaul the stadium creating a more experiential and visitor-focused atmosphere.
Overall, it’s fresh, easy to navigate and has a whole lot more of what Cleveland loves; food, drink and social opportunity.
Plus phone chargers all around, so people can keep their devices powered up to share their fun via Insties, Snappies, or whatever the social preference may be.
Chances are, your Indians’ game probably cost about $30 or so and you sat in a straight row with your buds. Fun time, yes, but if you’re intent was to socialize, hard to do. The franchise has created multiple, inclusive experiences that make the game even more interesting for all.
Fans will be close to the game in a few ways:
- The good ol’ seats that are a bit pricier, perfect for those who pay special attention to the game, those who prefer to witness the plays amongst people, not ants, or those who just appreciate an up-close experience.
- Three rows of newly added seating are placed in front of the newly renovated and stacked bullpens. These three rows are a very cool way to experience the game and players as close as possible. Plus, the bullpen set-up also allow other fans to surround and watch the bullpen in a way not available before.
- The District is a new concept to attract Indians fans who are more on the social side and less on the fanatic side. For $13, you’ll get a standing room ticket into the park. There are designated areas for these tickets that have a cool, super social feel, bar tops for food and drinks (which, by the way, your first drink is included in the ticket) and a good location on the main concourse.
The Corner Bar replaces the odd, weirdly positioned seats that used to occupy the space behind the right-field foul pole. It’s awesome. The two-story bar has food, drinks, TVs, lounge seating and modern fire pits.
The bottom floor has a ton of TVs, which is good, because the game is nearly impossible to see. But, this spot has a full bar, including tons of local and nationally-known craft beers.
Look under the table tops while you’re there. Another cool way they were able to incorporate our rust belt roots was to add industrial pieces and parts salvaged from the Flats.
Though, the second floor is my Corner Bar preference. There are fire pits, patio furniture sets, great views and a pour-your-own craft station. It takes a little finesse and work to pour like a pro, but the experience is worth it.
Here’s how it works:
- Buy card, load card with money (they take dollars and card – smart)
- Scope out the different beers from brewers like Platform, Thirsty Dog, Brew Kettle, +many many more
- Taste test: spend as much or as little of your cash at a time because you’re charged by the ounce
- Fill ‘er up
The neighborhoods are probably my favorite addition to the stadium. They’re food centric and Cleveland focused. You can expect to grab Ice Cream from Sweet Moses in “Gordon Square”, Chorizo Nachos from Barrio in “Ohio City” and of course a grilled cheese sammie from Melt in “Cleveland Heights”.
Bottom line, way more [great] food options.
What Clevelanders love, is more Cleveland. So the folks behind the franchise and the stadium put as much local goodness as they could. Hey, and you know what, the rest of NEOhio appreciates it too.
Now you have a few reasons to catch a game, aside from dollar dog night… which is still a fan favorite.