Maybe I am biased, or maybe I am just right, but let’s be honest, there is nothing better than sitting back on a nice cool night watching a baseball game under the lights. This is especially true right here in Cleveland. Just imagine it, you’re sitting in the lower level of Progressive Field as Giambi smashes one to homerun alley after it goes into extra innings. Get the feels? I sure did.
For a while I always thought the following was personal opinion, but after a while, I soon realized that a lot of people began to feel the same way as me. That is, there really is no bad seat in the stadium. I can have an excellent time, and view, from the lower level, to lower reserved, to upper level, to even the bleachers. Every seat and section gives a unique experience to the game, and since the game is played over the entire field every moment, no matter where you sit, you’re guaranteed to see something cool. Also, baseball is the only sport where the “cheap” seats get you more of a chance to be in on the action of the game itself by catching a foul ball.
I’ll admit, while this is a Cleveland Indians blog, this does apply to pretty much every field not just in the MLB, but pretty much ever. I have been to Safeco field in Seattle, Chase field in Phoenix, and several others including Chicago and New York, and they all offer the same thing. There is just something about a baseball stadium that just makes you feel like you’re part of the action no matter where you sit. Every different section has something new you can see, and something new to experience.
However, as hard as they may try, I still feel that Progressive Field is still the best stadium to see a baseball game. As I said before, I have been to a couple other baseball stadiums, so I have the right to say that I feel this is the best. Sure, we don’t have the field on a river like down in Cincinnati, and we don’t have a history like over at Wrigley, or a roof like they do in sunny Phoenix, but what we do have is something that only Cleveland can offer, and that is Cleveland itself.
Unlike most cities and ballparks I have been to, Progressive field does something that is quite unique, and that is actually let you IN the city and be a part of downtown Cleveland itself. As weird as it sounds, ball parks are not usually downtown in its home city, but rather in a suburb…no Cleveland. The ballpark is located in one of my favorite parts of town, and the view is awesome. From the field you can see Key Tower, Rhodes Tower, and all the other buildings that make Cleveland what it is. Sure, they aren’t the fanciest buildings in the world, but they are what make us Clevelanders, they are what make us, well…us. Plus the fact that, after the game, you can head right to the beach and hang out at beautiful Lake Erie.
Some people will laugh at this and think I am crazy for making Cleveland sound so amazing with this description of the ballpark, but you know what? It is that amazing. Out of all the ballparks I have been to, there has never been a park that isn’t more centrally located in the heart of the downtown area than Progressive. There hasn’t been one with a better view of the skyline that truly defines what Cleveland is (sorry Seattle, Safeco is cool and all…but it’s facing the wrong way!! You’re sky is cool though). Finally, there hasn’t been a stadium that makes you feel like you’re part of the action, no matter where you sit, better than Progressive.
Baseball games are amazing and something that everyone needs to experience, even if you don’t love the game. And if you’re going to go to a great game on a cool summer evening, why not pick the greatest park in the league right?