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Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2006 10:57AM; Updated: Tuesday September 12, 2006 12:04PM
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Cleveland Indians
Jacobs Field
Cleveland, Ohio :: Opened: 1994 :: Capacity: 43,415
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Average Ticket Price: $21.54
Average Cost of Concessions and Souvenirs: $72.00
How expensive is stadium parking?
• FREE: 3%
• $5-$10: 53%
• $10-$15: 37%
• $15-$20: 7%
• More than $20: 0%

Is public transportation a viable option?
• Never: 14%
• Worth it if you have a lot of time and patience: 25%
• A good option to avoid rush hour: 18%
• Pretty easy if you know the system well: 35%
• The only way to go: 6%

How would you rate traffic getting to and from the game?
To the game:
• A slow-moving parking lot: 1%
• Slow, but usually steady: 19%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 31%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 40%
• A smooth ride at all times: 9%

From the game:
• A slow-moving parking lot: 8%
• Slow, but usually steady: 32%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 21%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 32%
• A smooth ride at all times: 5%


How would you rate the number of restrooms for men and women?
• Bring a map: 1%
It depends on the section: 1%
• Never more than a short walk away: 26%
• A satisfactory amount: 23%
• Plenty: 38%

How long is the wait to use a bathroom?
• Always available: 52%
• 1-5 minutes: 42%
• 5-10 minutes: 1%
• More than 10 minutes: 0%

How would you rate the variety of food/beer concession options?
• Limp hot dogs, bland peanuts, even blander beer: 1%
• Nothing fancy, but the staple foods are tasty: 1%
• A little variety of food and drinks available at specific locations: 21%
• A nice variety but locations are spread out: 39%
• You name it, they have it around almost every corner: 31%

How much will a meal at the ballpark cost you?
• $5-$10: 19%
• $10-$20: 67%
• $20-$30: 1%
• $30-$40: 1%
• More than $40: 0%

How would you rate the entertainment options aside from the game?
• Nonexistent: 1%
• So many games/promotions and scoreboard highlights that the game is lost in the background: 3%
• Typical mascot antics/scoreboard quizzes and fun music: 48%
• Some unique promotions/antics, but it sometimes distracts from the game: 1%
• A nice balance that draws your attention when the game is stopped but doesn't distract from the action on the field: 36%
Of all the things Cleveland fans have to complain about -- bad luck, low self-esteem, rotten weather -- the Jake isn't one of them. A "perfect" fit for this town, Jacobs Field works hard but doesn't draw too much attention to itself with a host of gimmicks and goofy promotions. A center-field bar from which you can watch the game and a kids area in left field belie the park's relative youth, but, in large part, Indians baseball is the thing here; of course it helps that the team hasn't been the embarrassment it once was since moving into the place in 1994. Fans are "very friendly" if a little too occupied with the scoreboard pyrotechnics. If you're looking for a little more tradition, listen for John Adams banging his drum high in the bleachers during Indians rallies, as he's been doing for more than two decades. Seating is comfortable and offers the feeling of being "on top of the action." Like many relatively new parks these days, food choices cover the globe, from Mexican to Chinese, but you'd better save room for some pierogies and the famed stadium mustard on a hot dog.
On the edge of downtown Cleveland, the Jake is close to a few un-Cleveland-like places, such as the Hard Rock and Alice Cooper's Cooperstown, and their un-Cleveland-like prices. A sandwich at Panini's a block or two away "is the way to go," as is the cheap food and drinks at the nearby Winking Lizard tavern. If you feel like walking, steer clear of the dying Flats and stop in the now-bustling Warehouse District for a host of glittering new restaurants and clubs.
2006 record: 68-74 (all statistics through Sept. 10)
Players worth the price of admission: Travis Hafner (.308 Avg., 42 HRs, 117 RBIs), Grady Sizemore (.295 Avg., 23 HRs, 21 SBs), C.C. Sabathia (11-9, 3.24 ERA, 153 Ks)
If ever a park were a symbol of change, Jacobs Field is it. Since moving in 12 years ago, a franchise that once went 30-plus years without finishing within 10 games of first place has been a frequent contender. While the front-office decisions of former GM John Hart and current GM Mark Shapiro deserve the bulk of the credit, the park doesn't hurt in attracting fans. It's a good place to watch a game, too, thanks to a stadium that has good sightlines and places to multitask drinking and eating with seeing a game. There isn't a lot of flash here, just a good time without much fanfare.

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