Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
14 miles/20 minutes to Progressive Field
WHERE TO STAY? All options below are within one mile of Progressive Field
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
Radisson Hotel Cleveland Gateway
Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown
Chaser Budget Traveler
As of now, there are no recommended Chaser Budget motels in the downtown Cleveland area. We highly suggest spending a few extra dollars and getting a great moderate budget hotel by Progressive Field.
WHERE TO PARK?
The downtown Cleveland area offers a vast amount of paid lots, garages, street and metered parking. Parking prices can range from $5 to $20 depending on the day of the week, location of the parking spot, and the opposing team. This is one ballpark to circle the park a few times to find the best deal.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: Leaving the ballpark after an Indians game can be a nightmare. Ballpark Chasers recommends avoiding the lots within two blocks of Progressive Field to prevent getting stuck in bottlenecked traffic.
WHERE TO EAT?
The selection of restaurants and sports bars outside of Progressive Field ranks in the top five of Major League Baseball cities. With such a wide assortment, Ballpark Chasers of all ages find the hardest part just choosing which one to try. The closest to the park (within walking distance) include Panini’s Bar and Grille, Winking Lizard Tavern, Flannery’s Pub, Fat Fish Blue and The Clevelander Bar and Grille. Our intentions were to rate them and give you a recommendation, but they are all so good. Try hitting up one before and after the game and let us know your favorite. A little further out is the Great Lakes Brewing Company, one of the "greenest" breweries in North America. No worries about finding a cab as Great Lakes shuttles their patrons to and from Indians games in their eco-friendly Fatty-Wagon! A round-trip fare on their vegetable oil-powered shuttle is only $1. The shuttle continuously runs 45 minutes before and after the game, except on Sunday's. Don’t leave without getting the Ballpark Chasers meal: the sausage sampler, Brewhouse Burger and a Dortmunder Gold Lager.
Great news- the Indians have dropped concession prices for the 2013 season! This includes hot dogs, beer, bratwurst pizza, nachos, pretzels and popcorn. The price reductions range from 24 to 33%. Plus, the number of $1 hot dog nights have increased to 15 (6 more than last season).
Located in center field, The Market Pavilion offers numerous concession choices ranging from I-shaped soft pretzels served with Bertman’s mustard, super nachos, wings and slider burgers from “Cleats”. For those budget Chasers, try one of two combo meals for $8. The combo meals consists of a hot dog, popcorn and fountain drink or a bratwurst and a beer. We love the Food Network and are thrilled they have a concession in section 157 & 172. This cart has unique creations seen on the channel including Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese, Red White and Blue Steak Sandwich, and Cleveland Steak Sandwiches. If for some reason you want to go to the ballpark and eat healthy, look for the “Grab N Go” cart near Gate A (Section 162). The menu offers items with no trans fat, less than 4 grams per serving of saturated fats and sugars and 100% whole grains. Back to the fun stuff – for dessert, it's required to try Strickland's Frozen Custard. They serve up vanilla and chocolate on a daily basis as well as two specialty flavors that rotate throughout the season. It’s by far one of the best ice cream stands in baseball. Another great option for desserts are in section 154. The "Appetizer Store" has incredible fried Twinkies, fried cookie dough, funnel cakes and funnel fries. A true Ballpark Chaser will go for the Fried Trio, which includes a Twinkie, cookie dough and funnel fries.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
During the 2012 season, an average night at Progressive Field was just under half-full. Only the Rays finished with a worse attendance record. With that being said, Indians games rarely sell out unless the Red Sox or Yankees are in town. Tickets can easily be purchased before the game at the Indians box office or from the local scalpers working the streets.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: Have you ever wanted to stand on the field and watch batting practice? Well, the Indians give you that opportunity. Purchase a “Batting Practice XTRA” ticket and stand at the warning track directly behind home plate for Indians pre-game batting practice. Although the ticket does not include a seat for the game, it does come with a t-shirt and disposable camera.
WHEN TO GO?
Summers in Cleveland are usually hot and humid, with occasional rain showers. Mid to upper 80 degrees and even temperatures into the 90s are common from mid June through August. On average, July is the warmest and rainiest month in Cleveland. Ballpark Chasers find the best months to travel to Progressive Field are June, August and early September.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Make sure to check out Heritage Park, located in center field at Progressive Field. Heritage Park is home to the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame that includes plaques and other exhibits from this ballclubs rich history.
If you only have time for one attraction in Cleveland, make sure it is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Celebrating rock musicians, bands, songwriters, producers and legends, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does a tremendous job preserving the greats. Some of our favorite artifacts found inside the museum are: John Lennon’s jacket, Madonna’s bustier, Jimi Hendrix hand written lyrics to “Purple Haze”, Muddy Watters electric guitar and Jim Morison’s Cub Scout shirt! But if Rock N’ Roll isn’t your thing, you can always visit Cleveland’s Polka Hall of Fame!
Enjoy the outdoors by taking a day trip to Lake Erie. Whether you want to swim, fish, parasail, canoe, scuba dive, Jet Ski, shop or simply lay on the beach, Lake Erie has it all. Expect a two hour round-trip drive from Cleveland to Lake Erie.
Did you know that Northeast Ohio has over 300 golf courses? Our favorite courses are part of Cleveland Metropark, which consists of 7 courses in the Cleveland surrounding area. Depending on your level of play and your expectations for a round of golf, there is a great course waiting for you. Not to worry as you can easily rent a set of clubs at any course.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Progressive Field is part of “The Rust Belt” Ballpark Chasers vacation. This trip includes seeing the Pirates at PNC Park and the Tigers at Comerica Park. Those Ballpark Chasers looking for a longer vacation also include Cincinnati to see the Reds play at Great American Ball Park. On average, the drive from Progressive Field to PNC Park takes 2 ½ hours. The longest leg of the trip is from PNC Park to Comerica, roughly a 5 hour drive. If you need to return to Cleveland, plan on a 3 hour drive from Detroit. To prevent the last leg of the trip, try booking 2 one-way tickets. This way you can fly into Detroit and out of Pittsburgh, or vice versa. If you want to squeeze in Cincinnati, plan for a 4 hour drive from Progressive Field.
If you are looking to stay in or around Cleveland, check out some Minor League Baseball. In addition, if you are an Indians fan, you can’t miss this chance to see three of your Minor League teams. The closest from Progressive Field (about 20 minutes) is the Lake County Captains. The Captains are a Single A affiliate of the Indians and play at the beautiful Classic Park. If you stop here make sure to try the funnel cakes. 40 minutes south of Cleveland is Akron, Ohio, home of the Double-A Affiliate of the Indians. The Akron Aeros and Canal Park offer special promotions all season including: $1 dogs on Mondays, buy 1 ticket get 1 free on Tuesdays, $1 drafts and sodas on Thursdays, and a free fireworks show on Fridays. The furthest park is Eastwood Field, home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This short-season, Class A affiliate of the Indians, play from mid June through early September.
All Pro Freight Stadium, home of the Lake Erie Crushers, is a beautiful $12 million Frontier League ballpark that opened in April of 2009. Already All Pro Freight Stadium is quickly being considered as a top Minor League park. If you make the 30 minute drive from Cleveland, make sure to say hello to their Director of Sales and fellow Ballpark Chaser, Randy!
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