TOP 5: Best Places to Watch the Game at Progressive Field
By Jason Kaminski
Summer is unofficially here and school is out. This means only one thing to us here at DTTWLN and that is more time to spend at the ballpark! In case you haven’t noticed, the Tribe have a competitive team this year and with limited home games over the next couple months the time is now to take advantage of available tickets. Progressive Field (I still call it “The Jake”) is one of those great ballparks that I truly believe lacks a “bad seat”. Here are MY top five spots to view the game at the corner of Ontario and Carnegie.
5. Club Seats
When constructing this list I wanted to take into account not only location but also pricing. Of course the average fan can rarely catch games in a suite or “The Club” but considering the view and the food included in these seats I had to put it on the list. The one time I sat in this section I was lucky enough to get them as a gift. My advice is, if you ever get the chance to see a game from the Club Seats it is certainly worth experiencing if only for one game.
4. The Bleachers/Home Run Porch
There is not one spot in the park that could be compared to the left field viewing area. I couldn’t say the view of the field is the best but it has a certain charisma to it. There is just something special about watching a baseball game in the bleachers. The fans are enthusiastic and the tickets themselves are very affordable. It always feels like a party when you are in the bleachers and the host is John Adams (“The Drummer”).
3. Behind the Dugouts
Sections 160-164 and 140-146 provide the ultimate “game experience”. These seats are also pricey but not outrageous. These seats get you close to the action and give you an experience that you won’t find elsewhere. When you shout a player’s name you know they can hear you. You can hear gloves popping and bats cracking. To me these seats are the best at making a fan feel like they are part of the action. The interaction of players when they jog towards the dugout is unique as well. Seeing the kids (and overzealous adults) rush towards the dugout for a baseball to be tossed into the crowd is always a treat.
The mezzanine area and right field area I believe are where the real diehards hang out. The ones that just want to be in the park and get involved with rooting on their beloved Tribe. In terms of “complete experience” this area provides that. The tickets are very affordable ($20 range), there are plenty of food stands, kid’s areas and you are also in home run territory. You could include the lower level right field area in this category too since the view and pricing are comparable. For me, this is the best place for families to sit.
1. View Box
I have been to many games, not just in Cleveland, but no matter what MLB park I am in if I had the choice I would sit right behind home plate in the first row of the upper deck. To me it gives you the absolute best view of the game, it’s like being in the press box. Some parks’ upper deck is far from the field but Progressive Field has a good distance to it. You can still hear the action and see into both corners of the outfield. The price range is $30-$40, which is pretty much mid-range in comparison. So if you want to “take me out to the ballgame” then please find me a seat right above the action so I never miss a play. Of course as I said before, you can’t go wrong with the seats in this park. The point is just being in the house and experiencing all of the atmosphere. Everyone has their own preferences so try to sit in different spots to see what your favorite is then let us know! See ya there!