Jeffrey Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark:
Exterior architecture for a good first impression. Family friendly
parking and very pedestrian orientated walk up area. Field is in
great condition and looks among the best in the majors. Terrace Club
on the third base side is a great asset to the architecture.
Greenery in center field is very nice. Cleveland skyline is very
nice - comparable to that of Detroit. Reasonable pricing for seats.
Family orientated ballpark and staff. DRAWS THE BEST FANS IN THE
MAJORS!!! Cheap bleacher seats in Left Field offer a great valued
seat. "Not a bad seat in the house" Third deck is a little high but
the view is great. I sat at the very top when I was young, on the
first base side and cannot complain about the view. Due to the
steepness of the seating it feels like you are still close to the
Cons of the ballpark: Expensive food.
feel like you need to sit right behind home plate to get the best
view. As far as I'm concerned, the best place to sit is in the left
Submitted By: Will G. Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: Being a baseball park connoisseur, I
had high expectations for The Jake when I made my visit to
Cleveland, and for the most part, it delivered. Despite being a
pretty big park, there is a high degree of coziness since the
Cleveland skyline seems to sprout just beyond the outfield walls.
The different shades of green are used to good effect, between the
seat and wall colors and the trees growing beyond the centerfield
wall. I'm usually not a fan of the exposed steel beam exterior
architecture, but Jacobs Field does it well without looking out of
place compared to the surrounding neighborhood. I found the prices
to be quite reasonable and the ushers and merchandise vendors to be
polite and helpful (oddly, not common in many MLB parks). I sat 10
rows behind home plate my first visit, one of my most memorable
ballpark experiences. Can't forget the classic stadium mustard on
the hot dogs!
Cons of the ballpark: The upper deck was far removed from the
field, a direct result of the multiple levels of skybox suites; the
sky box seats need to be well-placed so as not to be obtrusive,
something The Jake failed at. I sat in the 3rd row in the upper deck
behind home plate; I can't imagine being near the roof. The
scoreboard in left is just too big and obstructs from the beautiful
skyline. I heard good things about a panini sandwich that was sold
in the plaza behind centerfield, but it seems like that was not sold
Additional Comments: The Jake is just behind Camden Yards,
IMO, of among the finest parks in baseball. There are a surprising
amount of bars and eateries around the park. I'm not sure about
parking since I stayed at a nearby hotel, but it seemed to be a
parking garage with customary post game delays. Strange but true:
there is a cemetery across from the ballpark on, I believe, the east
side. Eerie, but funny! Make sure to hit the Rock 'n Roll Hall of
Submitted By: Tom Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: It is truly beautiful. There are not
many bad seats in the house, and the seat that aren't so great are
not a bad deal for $7. Most of the concourse is opened up to the
field, so you don't have to miss any of the action while getting a
hot dog. The interior of the park is simple and provides a great
atmosphere for baseball. The fans are great, they get really into
the game and are generally very nice. A nice touch is the Market
Pavilion and the Batters Eye Bar in center field, there's usually a
lot of action happening there before and even sometimes after the
game. One of the best parts of this park though is John Adams, the
drummer who's been playing at almost every Indians home game since
1973. He really helps to bring up the energy level at the Jake and
is a great asset to the park. The architecture is great, it blends
in with downtown Cleveland very well and the outside structure is
Cons of the ballpark: Not too many. On the third base side, I
think there are too many luxury boxes and it doesn't look that
great, but it's not that big of a problem. Also, the ushers would
feel right at home in the Third Reich, there's two at the top of
ever lower deck section, so don't even think about sneaking down to
some better seats.
Additional Comments: In my opinion, one of the (if not THE)
best ballparks in baseball. When this stadium is sold out or near
capacity, the energy is electric. Jacobs Field is already 13 years
old, but it is actually nicer now than when it opened. Awesome
place, I highly recommend catching a Tribe game there.
Submitted By: Scott M. Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Just an overall great stadium. Very
new, modern and especially clean. Highly recommend checking out the
scene on Carnegie Ave east of the stadium (great atmosphere going on
pre-game). I think the look of this stadium represents the city of
Cleveland very well, industrial city on the rise. Stadium offers
great view of the city, not only from your seat but from the
concourse too. Had a drawing where $5 dollar donation could win the
jersey of a select player that was used in the game. Donation went
to kids with cancer or something, thought it was a great idea, every
team should do that.
Cons of the ballpark: Can't really think of any, if there are
some, they are in the huge shadow of the pros.
Additional Comments: Never had been to Cleveland before,
didn't expect too much from the city as a whole, turned out to be a
great place. If you are going to visit for baseball, try to get to
the rock and roll hall of fame.
Submitted By: Lamarx Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: This park is still a beautiful
ballpark. You can walk in from the ground level without having to
walk up the stairs or ramps just to get to your seat in the lower
level. It's a family friendly park, with great food, and many
impressive gift shops. It's a great place to watch a ballgame. I
loved the hitter's eye. And, it is two blocks away from a hotel I
stayed at. It's very convenient to walk there and not have to catch
a cab or a bus.
Cons of the ballpark: Some of the employees there are rude to
opposing team fans who attend ballgames there. Other than that, I
really have no problems with Jacob's Field.
Additional Comments: I'd definitely take a trip back to
Cleveland in the future. It's a beautiful city and they have a
beautiful ballpark. I definitely recommend everyone take a trip
there if they haven't.
Submitted By: Ryan McNeil Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Skyline peeking above the scoreboard in
left is quite the sight to see. Getting around the park is easy and
there are really great sightlines everywhere in the park.
Cons of the ballpark: There isn't terribly much to do around
The Jake, but my bigger concern was with the game staff. I was lucky
enough to be sitting first row behind the dugout. When innings are
over, the kids in my section come tearing down the aisle and clamor
in front of my seat to try and get a gameball flipped to them. It's
up to the ushers to keep them from disrupting other fans. What was
worse was what happened in the top of the seventh. The Indians have
gotten into the habit of bringing out four or five league mascots to
lead the crowd in "Take Me Out...". During the top of seven, they
trot these mascots down toward the home dugout. AGAIN, all the kids
see big furry creatures and come clamoring over to get a better
look. There's one fundamental problem with this- THE GAME IS STILL
GOING! Sure enough, a bat got fired into the crowd, and narrowly
missed all these kids. I'm all one for letting kids make the most of
their game day experience, but it's up to the game staff to keep
them from disrupting other fans and from getting hurt.
Additional Comments: Hyper kids aside, Jacob's is quite the
spot. It's too bad that the hey-day of The Tribe is gone again,
hopefully this franchise can rebuild quick and give fans a reason to
pack that place again.
Submitted By: Matt Chmura Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: The food is never far away, and always
smells great. You are always aware of what's going on one way or the
other. The fans are friendly and the many ushers help you know where
you're going. The Terrance Club in left field is nice to eat and
watch the game. The drummer in the bleachers is great. The fans
always seem to show up. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Cons of the ballpark: Prices are high, but not as high as
most parks. You have to park far away unless you want to pay $20 to
Additional Comments: All around great place.
Submitted By: Tom H. Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Jacob's Field is one the most beautiful
parks in baseball (second only to San Francisco). The new food items
along with the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers are great.
Bathrooms are always nearby as are TV's or radios broadcasting the
game. The staff is generally friendly and so are most of the fans.
The new scoreboard is the best in pro sports and the view of
downtown Cleveland is beautiful. The ballpark's location is also
great with many great bars and restaurants located in the Gateway
District of beautiful Downtown Cleveland. As far as I'm concerned,
the best park in baseball.
Cons of the ballpark: Just the expensive prices of parking,
food, souvenirs, etc. but I suspect that it's is not any different
than most ballparks across the country.
Additional Comments: If you ever come to Cleveland, make sure
you make a visit to this beautiful place in this beautiful city.
Submitted By: Michael Angers Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: This park is AWESOME! My best friend
surprised me by taking me here for my 25th Birthday and we had an
amazing time! The Jake is very easy to get to, the parking isn't
all that expensive and the concessions are great. The employees in
the gift shop were very helpful as well. But above all else, The
Jake offers the best view of Cleveland's skyline. The ushers were
also very pleased to let us go right down to the edge of the field
and take pictures.
Cons of the ballpark: There were two separate rain delays,
with the second one lasting 2 hours. But as far as the ballpark
itself? None at all.
Additional Comments: If you are looking for a great place to
catch a baseball game, I DEFINITELY advise making a visit to
Submitted By: Dan Addis Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: The architecture was magnificant and
the view of the field from most areas of the stadium were great. I
like how there is a pavilion walkway from the third base seats
leftfield seats. This allows people to walk around the stadium and
not miss any of the action as well as a standing room only section.
Cons of the ballpark: The Yankees won the game against the
Indians on my second trip to the stadium.
Additional Comments: The people there were helpful when it
came to me finding my seat. The fans were also friendly and very
supportive of their team. The win against the Red Sox on Manny
Ramirez's first game in Cleveland since signing with Boston was a
great game. The Cleveland fans are, in my opinion, the best fans in
Major League Baseball.
Submitted By: Ted Grade: C
Pros of the ballpark: Nice, clean ballpark, and it's in
downtown Cleveland, which is better than most downtowns. We sat in
the field level seats and the sightlines for the game were great.
The mini "Green Monster" in left field is a nice touch.
Cons of the ballpark: The huge scoreboard in left field is
80% advertising, and it blocks what would otherwise be a nice view
of downtown Cleveland. Three levels of club seating on the third
base side means the upper deck is much higher up than it should be.
While the design and construction of the park are nice, there is
nothing particularly distinctive about it. Also, Progressive Field is the
only one of six ballparks I visited this summer that would not let
me bring in a sealed bottle of water.
Additional Comments: This was my first visit to Cleveland and
I really enjoyed the city, but Progressive Field itself was a bit of a
disappointment. It was OK, but did not live up to the hype.
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