2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Cleveland. Not only have the Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals for a rematch with the Golden State Warriors, but the Indians are right in the thick of things in the American League Central division standings. And with the Republicans bringing their nominating convention to town in July, people from far and wide will be finding their way to the shores of Lake Erie.
Just like the Indians have stepped up their game on the field, Progressive Field has really stepped up its game as a meeting place and watering hole. In addition to adding a new scoreboard and digital ribbon around the ballpark, several local restaurants have established a presence inside the ballpark. Local names such as Fatheads Brewery, Momocho, Dante’s Inferno, the Brew Kettle, Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Dynamite Burger, Happy Dog, Cleveland Pickle, and Ohio City Burrito are now available to Indians fans inside the ballpark.
The creation of The District as a gathering place in right field has opened up many opportunities for fans attending a game in Cleveland. With the 2015 opening of The Corner, a two-level sports bar more than five years in the making, the concept of a gathering place inside the ballpark formerly known as The Jake took root. This season a $13 District ticket is available, which includes a standing room ticket to the game and the first drink included.
With NBA FInals watch parties being offered at the Q in Cleveland during the NBA Finals, Progressive Field may have some competition for this weekend’s series against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. On Friday night, as the Finals take the night off, there will be a pregame party in the District, free sunglasses given to the first 10,000 fans, and fireworks after the game. Not a bad way to spend a summer’s evening.
By: R. Lincoln Harris