Progressive Field in Cleveland

Guide to the Cleveland Guardians stadium

Progressive Field is the Cleveland Guardians stadium. The stadium was opened in 1994.

Ballpark chasers want to take a baseball road trip to Progressive Field because its design is a combination of old and new. The Cleveland Guardians ballpark features classic stadium elements like its brick façade and modern touches like a large glass rotunda at its main entrance.

Quick facts about Cleveland’s Progressive Field

  • 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA.
  • Originally called Jacobs Field after team owners Richard and David Jacobs.
  • The Cleveland Guardians stadium is still often referred to as “The Jake”.
  • When it was first installed, the stadium’s scoreboard was the largest in the world.
  • In 2007, Progressive Field set the record for the most consecutive sellouts in Major League history with 455.
  • The 5th inning Hot Dog Derby race has been going since 2005
  • Cleveland Guardians schedule and tickets

Where to sit at the Guardians baseball stadium

Trying to decide what tickets to purchase for your game at Progressive Field in Cleveland? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Most affordable ticket: Upper Deck outfield and Standing Room Only tickets.
  • Most panoramic ticket: Upper Deck leftfield offers a great view of the downtown Cleveland skyline.
  • Catch-a-home-run ticket: The “Home Run Porch”, a section of seats in the right field upper deck that are painted red. These seats are just 322 feet from home plate, which is one of the shortest distances in any Major League Park. Bring your glove!
  • Avoid the sun ticket: The Infield Terrace, Right Field Terrace, Upper Deck and Club Seats all offer shaded seating.
  • See the players up close: Sections 111-116. Located near the Guardian’s dugout on the third base side.
  • Splurge: The “Diamond Box” seats. Located directly behind home plate at Progressive Field. Price varies depending on the game. Be prepared to spend between several hundred to over a thousand dollars per ticket.

When to buy tickets

Progressive Field has a seating capacity of only 35,041. It’s one of the smaller stadiums in the Major Leagues. Therefore there are only so many tickets available, especially when the Cleveland Guardians are in a pennant race or playing a popular opponent like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. Don’t leave your ticket buying to the last minute. Purchase them well in advance of your visit. To do so, visit the Cleveland Guardians website or use a reseller like Stubhub.

Include a tour of the Cleveland Guardians stadium

A stadium tour of Progressive Field is your opportunity to go behind the scenes as well as learn about history of the ballpark and the Cleveland Guardians.

The Classic Tour is 60 minutes long and includes visiting such areas as the Cleveland dugout, clubhouse, and batting cages; the press box; the scoreboard control room; grounds crew area; and an executive suite.

There is also a Premium Tour available which gives you access to a few more areas of the Cleveland Guardians ballpark.

If you’re planning an outing for a large group you can organize a Group Tour and have a customized tour created. It can include things like a pre-game meal or a visit from a Guardians player or coach.

Tour tickets can be purchased at: https://www.mlb.com/guardians/tickets/info/tours

Check out the Guardians museum at Progressive Field

With the Cleveland Guardians franchise being over 100 years old, there’s a lot of history to explore. The Cleveland Guardians Hall of Fame, located on the Terrace Club level of the stadium, has that covered.

The museum features a wide array of exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia. Displays throughout the museum highlight achievements and moments, such as World Series championships and player milestones.

Notable displays include the Bob Feller exhibit, Jackie Robinson exhibit, Cy Young exhibit, World Series trophies, baseball cards, and interactive attractions including a virtual batting cage and pitching machine.

The museum is open on both game days and non-game days at the Cleveland Guardians stadium. Admission is included with the purchase of a game ticket. It’s a great experience to include in your visit.

Hotel recommendations close to the Cleveland Guardians ballpark

There’s nothing like the convenience of being within walking distance of the baseball stadium you’re visiting. Here are a few hotel options that are all within a few blocks of Progressive Field.

Luxurious Hilton Cleveland Downtown (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor): If you want upscale, this is the hotel for you. It’s just steps away from Cleveland Guardians stadium. The rooms are posh and there’s a rooftop bar that provides a wicked view of the city.

Stylish Kimpton Schofield Hotel (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor): Located just a few blocks from the ballpark, this boutique hotel has nicely appointed rooms, a rooftop lounge, and is close to some of Cleveland’s best restaurants and bars.

The elegant Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade (4/5 on TripAdvisor): Want to stay somewhere historic? This Victorian-era hotel has been painstakingly restored. It’s stunning inside and out and just a few blocks from Progressive Field.

Comfortable Westin Cleveland Downtown (4/5 on TripAdvisor): Clean and comfortable rooms and an on-site restaurant for those quick morning breakfasts.

Budget-friendly Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Downtown (4/5 on TripAdvisor): Your best bet if you’re still living on a “minor-leaguer’s” salary. Comes with a complimentary breakfast.

Arrive a few hours before your game at the Cleveland Guardians stadium

The gates at Progressive Field typically open 90 minutes before game time.

To get through security, find your seat, and take in any pregame activities, you should plan to arrive at the Cleveland Guardians ballpark an hour before game time.

If there’s a promotional giveaway or if you want to see batting practice, you would be wise to get to the field 90 minutes before the first pitch.

What time is batting practice?

There is no set time for when batting practice takes place at Progressive Field.

For example, generally for a night game, the Cleveland Guardians will take batting practice in the late afternoon or early evening. For a day game it’s more likely in the morning or midday.

Not all teams take batting practice prior to every game. Sometimes they take it indoors too. The weather can also affect whether batting practice takes place or not.

If you want to include watching batting practice in your visit to the Cleveland Guardians stadium the best thing to do is to call the ballpark before you head down to see if it’s scheduled.

Best selfie spots to hit at Progressive Field

Part of the fun of going to a ballpark for the first time is determining where the best place at the stadium is to get the ultimate selfie. To help you out, here are some iconic locations at the Cleveland Guardians stadium for the perfect pic:

  • Players Statues: there are statues of Cleveland Guardian greats Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Jim Thome, and Frank Robinson located outside Progressive Field.
  • The large outfield scoreboard: at 59-feet tall and 221 feet wide, a picture in front of the “Humongotron” is a must.
  • The Upper Deck: take a selfie with the Cleveland skyline as the backdrop.

Best places for autographs at the Cleveland Guardians ballpark

There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get a player’s autograph when visiting Progressive Field. Your best chance at doing so would be before the game. A couple of spots you should plan to be at are:

  • The dugouts: as player enter and exit the dugout they may pause to sign autographs.
  • During batting practice: make your way down to the lower bowl seating area of the stadium, down near field level.

3 ballpark foods you gotta try at Progressive Field

  • Parmageddon Sandwich: Loaded with perogies and topped with cheese, onions and vodka kraut. Served with a side of chips and a pickle spear.
  • The Slider Dog: A fan favourite at Progressive Field. Comes topped with mac and cheese, bacon, and scallions.
  • The Ohio City Burrito: A robust burrito packed with beef brisket, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.

Where to get unique Cleveland Guardians souvenirs

When you’re at Progressive Field make sure you include time to explore the Cleveland Guardians Team Store in your schedule.

Located at 2401 Ontario Street, the store, also known as the Progressive Field Store, carries a wide variety of Cleveland Guardians’ mementos, including:

  • Game-used and autographed items: baseballs, bats, jerseys, and photos, that are authenticated and certified by Major League Baseball.
  • Baseball bat mugs: made from real baseball bats. Perfect for holding that cold beverage while watching the game.
  • Guardians-themed socks: variety of socks with the Guardians team logo and colors to choose from.

3 restaurant recommends near the Cleveland Guardians stadium

Hungry for some food before or after your Guardians game at Progressive Field? Here are a few food spots, close to the stadium to consider:

Barrio: a popular Mexican restaurant. Known for its creative tacos, which include ingredients like tater tots, Korean beef, and fried chicken.

Butcher and the Brewer: a gastro pub that offers elevated pub grub and a nice assortment of craft beers.

Mabel’s BBQ: owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon. Serves a variety of smoked meats, including brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. Enjoy creative sides like smoked beets and pickled onion rings.

Sports bar recommendations close to the ballpark

Get a taste of the local Cleveland sports culture by including in your day a stop at one of the sports bars located near Progressive Field.

The Clevelander: located inside the Cleveland Guardians stadium, but also has an entrance from the street. It’s a popular spot and has a rooftop patio with views of the field.

The Corner Alley: a bowling alley and sports bar located just a few blocks from the ballpark. You’ll never miss the action here; there are over 40 TVs showing all the big games.

The Harry Buffalo: the go to spot for classic American bar food. Large outdoor patio as well.

City Tap: a gastro pub that’s a block from the Cleveland Guardians ballpark. Over 60 beers on tap. Indulge in elevated bar food like truffle fries and fried chicken sandwiches.

Other things to include in visit to Progressive Field

Progressive Field is situated in downtown Cleveland. This means it’s close to many of the city’s other must-visit attractions. Here are a few destinations that may spark your interest:

Pro Football Hall of Fame: inspired by the glory of the gridiron. Exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays celebrating the history of the NFL. Plus, see the busts of all the Hall of Fame inductees.

Tour the Home of the Cleveland Browns: go behind the scenes at FirstEnergy Stadium. Visit areas like the locker rooms, press box, and field.

Tour the Home of the Cleveland Cavaliers: a guided walk about of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Step inside the Cavaliers’ locker room, walk onto the court, and more.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the name says it all. If you love rock and roll music you’ll love this place. Hundreds of original artifacts including hand-written lyrics from The Beatles. Join a jam session. Watch a concert and more.

Tour a Submarine: Climb aboard the USS Cod, a World War II-era submarine and discover what life was like serving as a crew member during the war.

Enjoy planning and going to a game at Progressive Field in Cleveland!

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