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MLB Ballpark Rankings: Cleveland Indians

During Spring Training SI.com surveyed fans across the country to rank their hometown ballparks in 10 categories. Tribe fans voted Progressive Field (formerly known as The Jake) as No. 1. Use the pulldowns below to view what other fans around the country had to say about their ballparks and compare all 30 teams across every category, then go here to post your own opinion.

Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
Progressive Field|Capacity: 43,345|Opened: 1994
OVERALL RANK
1
Progressive Field
Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI
Category Rank (1-30)
10
Affordability
How would you rate the affordability of a trip to your hometown ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.2% 5.3% 43.7% 29.8% 20.1%
Ticket Costs
Average Ticket % Increase From 2007 MLB Rank MLB Average Ticket
$25.72 20.6% 18th $25.43
Category Rank (1-30)
6
Food
How would you rate the food at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.3% 1.8% 34.5% 46.1% 17.3%
How would you rate the cost of food and beverages at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
4.2% 10.1% 58.6% 20.8% 6.3%
What is the must-have food item offered at the ballpark and what makes it so good?
  • "Chicken & waffles. It's tasty and unique soul foul not typically found at a ballpark. The dogs and mustard are pretty good too."
  • "Stadium mustard. Unique to Cleveland, there is nothing like it. While the new park doesn't have foot-long dogs anymore, the stadium mustard still brings back memories of the old Municipal Stadium."
  • "Strickland's Ice Cream. It's local and they change the flavors on a semi-regular basis."
  • "Cinnamon apple sticks -- you can dip it into caramel."
Category Rank (1-30)
3
Team Quality
How would you rate the quality of the product currently being put on the field by the hometown team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0% 0% 3.9% 30% 66.1%
Which player on your team is the most worth paying to watch?
Grady Sizemore C.C. Sabathia Victor Martinez Fausto Carmona Travis Hafner
58.7% 10.9% 10.6% 8.2% 7.3%
Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI
Category Rank (1-30)
6
History & Tradition
How would you rate the sense of tradition and history at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0% 4.8% 16.9% 49.7% 28.6%
Category Rank (1-30)
2
Ballpark Atmosphere
How would you rate the atmosphere at the game?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.3% 0.9% 7.3% 39.6% 52%
How would you rate the level of personal comfort when you are sitting in your seat?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0% 0.3% 18.7% 42.6% 38.4%
Category Rank (1-30)
9
Fan Intelligence
How would you rate the "baseball intelligence" of the home fans?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.6% 3.6% 24.3% 45.2% 26.3%
Category Rank (1-30)
19
Fan Hospitality
How would you rate the hospitality offered to fans of the opposing team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
2.7% 7.8% 46.7% 26.9% 15.9%
What is the worst incident you've witnessed against an opposing fan or yourself?
  • "Ten-cent beer night. Can't really top that one."
  • "Nothing, our fans are pretty good to opposing fans. I mean LeBron James did have like 40,000 people booing him for wearing a Yankees cap, but he was asking for it. Only Yankees and Red Sox fans get heckled a lot. But, I've seen our fans buy Pirates fans beers and hot dogs and vice versa."
  • "Just a touch of 'You Suck' chants. It's nowhere near as violent as a Browns game."
  • "Fans don't really treat the opposing fans bad. They take out all their aggression on players who have left via free agency -- Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome to name a few."
Category Rank (1-30)
3
Promotions
How would you rate the quality of the promotions/giveaways offered by the home team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0% 2.7% 37.8% 39.9% 19.5%
What is the best promotion/giveaway your team has offered? What is the worst? What is a promotion you'd like to see?
  • "The best: Snow blowers and snow cones for the delayed home opener. "
  • "The best: 10 cent beer night, 10 cent beer night."
  • "I would like a Travis Hafner WWE bobblehead, a flying Grady Sizemore bobblehead, and fireworks."
  • "The worst was a couple years ago when they gave away plastic ducks with the players heads on them."
  • "Sometimes you can stay after the game and go on the field and watch a movie on the scoreboard."
Category Rank (1-30)
4
Getting To The Game
How would you rate the traffic to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.5% 7.9% 46.6% 29.3% 14.6%
How would you rate the parking availability/cost at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
4.3% 10.4% 44.5% 27.9% 12.9%
How would you rate the public transportation options to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
5.6% 14% 31.8% 30.2% 18.4%
Category Rank (1-30)
9
Neighborhood
How would you rate the dining and drinking options within walking distance of the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.5% 4.5% 21.2% 38.5% 34.2%

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