"" Writer's Wanderings: In My Backyard -- Progressive Baseball Stadium

Monday, April 27, 2009

In My Backyard -- Progressive Baseball Stadium

It was a busy weekend for Cleveland sports. The Cavs breezed past the Pistons and won their third and fourth games in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Indians struggled here at home with Minnesota.

Since we couldn't find a movie we liked on Friday for date night and it was such beautiful weather, we got last minute tickets to the Friday night ballgame with the Twins. It's always fun going to the ballpark--no matter what the name is. Although it was a little more fun to say you were going to "the Jake." Now we have to call it "Progressive." There's no way to shorten the name. Next door the Quicken Loans Arena is called the "Q." For obvious reasons, that won't work for Progressive.

Our ballpark was state-of-the-art when it was built in the early 90s. I'm sure there are a lot of new bells and whistles in the new Yankee stadium. Still Progressive offers great viewing of a game, a beautiful field of play (thanks to hard working field crew), and a variety of food options--all overpriced of course. We paid $5.50 for two small cups of coffee.

Hot dogs are now $4.75 unless you go on Dollar Dog Night. I realize Dollar Dog Nights are a promotion like Bobblehead giveaways but wouldn't some math work here to give families a break? They sell tons of Dollar Dogs those nights. Why not lower the price of a hot dog and encourage more people to eat at the ballpark? Doesn't it stand to reason that selling hot dogs at even a $2.50 price would sell more on a regular basis?

There is a new "dining" option being offered this year however. There are several sections where you can purchase a seat for $32 (normally $20) and get all you can eat. Now that might be tempting except that they offer only Pepsi products and we are strictly Coke drinkers. But that's another rant.

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