Progressive Field opened as Jacobs Field on April 4, 1994, and the Cleveland Indians hosted the Seattle Mariners. Located on Ontario Street in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, Progressive Field is for baseball only, and has a beautiful natural grass playing surface and a seating capacity of 43,429. See the Progressive Field seating chart for additional information about the seats for each Indians baseball game.
In 2008, Progressive Insurance Company bought the naming rights to the ballpark, and agreed to pay $3.6 million a year through the 2023 season. Heritage Park in center field near the Market Pavilion is one area of Progressive Field that should be of interest to Indians fans.
The Indians have created a place where fans can review the history of the ball club. In one section, there are wall plaques of all the Indians players who are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Another section describes the 38 most significant baseball events that have occurred since the Indians began playing as an American League franchise in 1901. The third and final section is a presentation of the roster of the top 100 Indians players. The formulation of this roster occurred during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Indians franchise in 2001. The exhibit consists of 100 plaques installed in a red brick wall.
Indians fans and visitors to Progressive Field can get game information, statistics, entertaining videos and replays on the main scoreboard in left field. This 5,364 square foot LED video board was ready in time for the 2004 season, and it replaced the original, outdated scoreboard which was 10 years old. At the same time, the Indians installed an LED display board in the left field fence below the main scoreboard. This board shows fans scores and other information from games around the Major Leagues.
In the design of Progressive Field, the Indians decided to go with vertical, “toothbrush” light towers instead of the horizonatal bank of lights that some other ballparks use. This type of lighting is reminiscent of baseball parks from bygone eras. Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds from 1912 to 1970, is one example. There are 19 light towers in Progressive Field, and each one is 200 feet high.
At many baseball parks, fans sitting in the middle of a row of seats have a difficult time getting up during the game and going to the restroom or to get something to eat. This is because aisles at many ballparks are very narrow. This is not the case at Progressive Field. Fans will find ample leg room in the seats at Progressive because of the relatively wide aisles between rows. In addition, the elevation from one row to the next allows fans to get a clear view of the action on the field.
The Indians’ mascot Slider is a furry, purple fellow with a large and prominent yellow nose. Not only does he entertain the fans, but he also has a concession stand named after him. Slider’s, at section 184, has the Cleveland Bomber, a burrito-style steak sandwich with peppers and mozzarella cheese.