Enter from Gate C off Eagle and 9th and head to Heritage Park in the Center Field area. It's the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame and honors the 100 greatest Indians players with memorable moments and plaques. It's available before, during, and after games.
From there, head to RIDGID Jobsite Bar (formerly Batter's Eye Bar and also in Center Field) before the game starts and grab a beer, wine, liquor, or a specialty drink. It can get rowdy and crowded, and there's even a designated spot to play Cornhole.
Food and Drink:
Unlike many other ballparks, Progressive Field keeps it simple. Standard ballpark fare is king here, and you'll be hard pressed to find many unique food items. Market Pavilion in Center Field area offers maybe the most variety of food, but it's still mostly hot dogs, nachos, pizza, and plenty of beer. You'll find some pulled pork nachos there that are pretty good.
The Indians did experiment with some different options like sushi and other non-traditional items, but due to lack of interest in Cleveland, they now stick to the basics for the most part. Surprisingly though, you'll find a few Grab n Go stands (Sec 115, 162, and 550) offering some healthy items like a Turkey Wrap and Veggie Tray, and Spuds and Suds near Section 163 offers Vegan Hot Dogs and Gluten-Free Hot Dogs and Beer. A Veggie Delight Sandwich is offered at Hot Dogs Plus and Burgers Loaded near Section 107.
On the opposite side of healthy, there's a stand behind home plate on the Main Concourse called The Appetizer Store offering items like Fried Twinkies, Fried Cookie Dough, Funnel Cake, and Chicken and Waffles.
One thing to definitely check out is the soft pretzels. Instead of the traditional twist, it comes in a script "I" shape. It also come with the same Bertman Ballpark Mustard that has been served at Indians concessions since the 1920s.
There is one place to find craft and local brews - the Spirits of Ohio stand near Section 154. We love to support local breweries, but the prices here can get a little ridiculous with $15-$20 for a large Hippie IPA or 4 C's Pale Ale. High prices are the norm in ballparks, but this might be a bit much. You can however, get a draft Thirsty Dog or Great Lakes brew for about half that, so that's probably your best bet if you're looking for something other than the Miller and Bud that you'll find all over. On the opposite end of the spectrum, look for Your Dad's Beer Stand near Section 120, which sells beers like Pabst and Stroh's.
Section 551 is All-You Can Eat and it's $32 per ticket, which is somewhat cheaper than we've seen in other parks. It's standard ballpark fare and the seats are a bit far from the field.
Some people love the bleacher seats. They're cheap and very easy to access. The downside is that the scoreboard is behind you, so you're required to twist yourself completely around and crane your neck up to see any information about the game.
Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field and still "The Jake" to most fans) is located in Downtown Cleveland, and easily accessible from I-90, I-77, and I-71. The modern stadium is adjacent to the Quicken Loans Arena (where NBA's Cavaliers play) and is in a safe, active part of town. A lot of the surrounding bars and restaurants cater to the sports crowd, so finding something to do before or after a game should be simple. Progressive Field is just a short walk away from Tower City (large shopping/entertainment center), Public Square (the historical central plaza), and about 1.5 miles south of Lake Erie and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
The Gateway East Parking Garage is between Progressive Field and the Quicken Loans Arena. You can enter off Huron Rd, Eagle Ave off Ontario, or Bolivar off 9th Street. Getting off I-90 at Ontario Street can get pretty backed up, especially with some new construction in the area, so you might want to skip the line of cars and head to the next exit - 9th Street.
Garage rates vary from $10-30. There are plenty of other parking lots and garages nearby though, many at half the price. Discount parking is available online from Cleveland's Central Parking. They give web discounts if you print it out a coupon ahead of time, so definitely check it out before you head out. For more info visit Cleveland Central Parking. (or you can click on valid parking links on our map which will take you to their site.)
You can take the bus or Rapid Transit Line to Tower City stop, and then take the RTA's enclosed Walkway to the park. The Walkway is only open on event days and it's a short 5-10 minutes away. You can park at any Park and Ride station for free. For more information: www.rideRTA.com.
Some establishments offer shuttles to and from the park. Check out Great Lakes Brewing Company on our exterior map. Just over the river, it's only $1 round trip when you eat or drink there pre-game. Another option is the Flat Iron Cafe (also found on our exterior map) - there's a $1 lot across the street and their shuttle is free with any purchase. After 6pm and on weekends you can find free street parking around both places.
Be sure to also check out our "Info Inside the Stadium"" section for some great suggestions once inside the park.