When the weather turns warm and the sunshine makes its grand arrival, we want nothing more than to spend some time outside. Patio dining is always a wonderful option in Cleveland Plus and our park systems are some of the best in the country. Not to mention Cleveland is home to several outdoor music venues and we’re a stone’s throw away from Sandusky, Ohio, home of Cedar Point Amusement Park. I love the hiking, I love the concerts but what I crave the most, by far, is baseball.
We’re very lucky to be home to both a major and minor league team and with so many options to take in a game in Cleveland you’re very likely to find a lineup appropriate for you. From family-friendly deals to beers for a dime on “Thirsty Thursday,” everyone gets to play in Cleveland Plus.
It’s Tribe Time at Progressive Field
Progressive Field, formerly Jacob’s Field or “the Jake,” sits in the heart of downtown Cleveland in the Gateway district, among popular hangouts, entertainment and dining making a trip to the stadium more than just a game. Fans enjoy spectacular views of the city from every seat and friendly accommodations are within homerun distance of the park.
Not to miss at Progressive Field:
- AMPM All You Can Eat Seats – Fans enjoy an Indians home game in the Upper Deck and unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos and soft drinks for $28.
- KeyBank Kids Fun Days – Select Sundays are KeyBank Kids Fun Day at Progressive Field. The Indians provide a unique atmosphere on Gateway Plaza at least two hours prior to designated Tribe games filled with fun activities for kids of all ages like blow-up slides and batting practice.
- There are plenty of ways to save on tickets. Click here for ticket specials.
- Fans enjoy a fireworks show after Friday night games (and some Saturdays) through September 10.
- Monthly Sweepstakes offer up some pretty cool prizes like Batting Practice Xtra passes, ampm All You Can Eat seats and Club Seats in the all inclusive Club Section at Progressive Field.
- The FanCave, the ultimate sports suite is the newest addition to Progressive Field. Available for rent with food and beverage package, the Fan Cave features 6 HD TVs, a beer fridge, sports-themed furniture, pool/ping pong table, arcade games and toilet paper decorated with the opponent’s logo.
Lake County Captains at Classic Park
Classic Park opened in 2003 and quickly became known as one of the most intimate and fan-friendly parks in the minor league. The ballpark, constructed by the city of Eastlake, combines nostalgic charm with amenities of the modern sports facility and provides plenty of seating options from festival seating above the outfield wall all the way to luxury suites in the upper deck. Classic Park offers an affordable, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Not to miss at Classic Park:
- Weekly Promotions – Great deals every day of the week like “Kids Eat Free Tuesdays” and “Thirsty Thursdays.” Check them out here.
- Check the promotion schedule for extras like fireworks, fan appreciation giveaways and other special events.
- Classic Park provides a variety of food and drink at very affordable prices. Specialty food and drinks are served at Grillworks, Captains Galley, Sausage Shack, Munchie Madness, Ice Cream. Bottled beer is served at all portable locations and Corona Castaway’s Bar offers a fully stocked bar.
- Kids Zone – Located behind the bleacher and lawn seats in left field, the PNC Kids Zone features inflatables such as speed pitch, bouncer and a slide.
Baseball Heritage Museum
Experience the stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia detailing the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime. The Baseball Heritage Museum is open by appointment only and admission is donation based. Call 216.978.5068 to visit.
The Aeros are a Double A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians playing in Akron, Ohio just a short trip south on I-77. Like the Lake County Captains, the Aeros offer a traditional baseball experience paired with creative family-friendly promotions and special events like “Dollar Dog Mondays,” “Two for Tuesdays” and “Fireworks Fridays.” Ticket prices range from $7 to $9 and can be purchased by calling 1.800.97.AEROS or visiting www.akronaeros.com.
Lake Erie Crushers
Head east to catch a baseball game at the newly built All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The Crushers are an independent, professional minor league team meaning, essentially, their players are not working their way up in the Major League system. The family-friendly stadium (with a grassy knoll and an inflatable jumping course) holds around 5,000 people and ticket prices range from $6 to $18. Check the calendar for special events and weekly promotions like “Kids Club Night,” “Family Day” and “Thirsty Thursday.” Call 440.934.3636 or visit www.lakeeriecrushers.com for tickets.
With so many opportunities it’d be hard to miss the “boys of summer” this year in Cleveland Plus!
–Submitted by C.A.
Wow. The summer solstice is really heating things up here in Cleveland. There are almost too many things to do this weekend. It’s Father’s Day weekend and I already have tickets to the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday, tickets to laugh along with Joel McHale from The Soup at Lakewood Civic Auditorium and reservations to see actor James Franco at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I just can’t decide where else I’ll be. Here’s a rundown of some of the big happenings:
Big Cool Cats Steve Presser (owner of Big Fun and Big Fun Cleveland vintage and collectible toy stores), Thomas Mulready (CoolCleveland.com) and singer/songwriter Denis Devito (Cats On Holiday) dreamt up this new all-day music festival—featuring everything from reggae to rock, roots, blues, Cajun, country, alternative pop, ragtime, swing, Afro-electronique, New Orleans Mardi Gras music, traditional Americana and a combination of hip-hop blended with Brazilian bossa nova at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Go for the sunshine, the music and to support some cats who generally love our city and just want to put together a fun day. Saturday, June 20, noon – 11pm. General admission $40; persons presenting a military ID, senior citizen or student ID or a Friends of Cain Park membership card are eligible to receive a discount.
Summer Solstice Celebration Welcome the longest day of the year with an all-night party celebrating the new east wing (very cool, by the way) at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tapas stations, bars and a few surprises. Performers include Hot Club of Detroit, Slavic Soul Party, Dan Deacon and others. Stay the whole night or just close it out ($15 only). Saturday, June 20, 5pm-2am. Reservations are requested for the 5pm and 7pm admissions but are not necessary for 10pm.
Porchfest Porches in Cleveland’s Larchmere neighborhood are being transformed into stages with free musical performances, in the first Larchmere Porchfest. Organized in part by my friend (a musician himself and marketing guy at Telarc records), Jason Linder, the idea came from an annual “porch music” festival in Ithaca, NY. There will be 20 acts, representing a variety of musical styles, performing just off of Shaker Square. Performers include Brent Kirby (from the Jack Fords), Roger Hoover, Clint Holley, Church of the Lazy Bastards, Jesse Barnez, Elec Simon, Russian Duo and Miss Melvis, garage rock. Restaurants like Boulevard Blue, Vine & Bean Cafe, Academy Tavern and Felice are opening early that day for festival-goers to dine or drink. Porchfest, Saturday, June 20, 2-6pm, concludes with a full band, plugged-in concert at Shaker Square from 6-9pm, courtesy of The Coral Company. Free.
I’m a season ticket holder for the Lake Erie Crushers. Sounds special, right? Well, it is, in a way. I’m part of a small group of Cleveland-area folks who decided, sight unseen, to become fans of a brand new Frontier League baseball expansion team. As my friend and co-worker Robert might ask, “What would compel you to do such a thing?”
It’s like this. I like baseball . . . probably not so much the sport as the experience of going to a game. I like the ballpark atmosphere. Each year I attend ten or so Indians‘ games. And about two years ago I spent a summer seeing most of Ohio’s minor league teams like the Akron Aeros, Toledo Mudhens, Dayton Dragons and Lake County Captains. So, as I repeatedly drove past Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio (just about 20 minutes west of Cleveland) on my way to visit relatives, I was intrigued.
I looked into it. The Crushers are an independent, professional minor league team meaning, essentially, their players are not working their way up in the Major League system. The family-friendly stadium (with a grassy knoll and an inflatable jumping course) holds around 5,000. Pricing packages were very reasonable. Ninety-nine dollars per person bought 12 home games. That meant I could afford to get in on the ground floor of a team that no one really knew yet . . . To me, that seemed like fun and I thought I’d give it a try.