Budget Guides are a series of posts that will give readers a chance to see what fantastic deals and steals are available at each ballpark as well a great splurge experience and the “if money was no option” for all you high rollers!

The Cleveland Indians are living up to their nickname the wIndians of late and with all the exciting ticket options and unique fan experiences available to fans, Progressive Field surely is a “Field of Dreams”:

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Baseball Bargains:

One of the Cleveland Indians’ guiding commitments is to make the fans the focus of their actions, and the Indians pride themselves on providing an affordable entertaining option for their fans and families.

One of the barriers to entry they heard in their research and surveys of fans is concessions prices, so this off-season they reduced those prices: Their 4-3-2-1 initiative includes:

  • $4 12-ounce beers (domestic draft or cans)
  • $3 hot dogs every day
  • $2 soda refills
  • $1 hot dogs on 15 dates, presented by Sugardale; that’s an increase from 9 in 2012

They also have $10 bleacher tickets for every game, and their FanPass paperless ticketing option offers savings over the paper ticket option. Plus, for their social media savvy fans, they offer a Social Suite and Family Social Suite, where they solicit applications and invite fans and a guest to interact with other social media users.

Another value option available is the free shuttle, which helps avoid parking problems. The shuttle picks fans up from a trendy Cleveland neighborhood, Ohio City, and drops them at Gate D at Progressive Field. Also through a partnership with Bob Evans, kids eat free at participating area Bob Evans restaurants after Indians victories.

Splurge Options:

The week of 5/13/13, the Indians will be offering their new “Progressive” Dinner, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of various spaces of Progressive Field with a dinner course at each stop along the way.

This includes Hors d’oeuvres from Heritage Park in center field; small plate salads in the visitors’ clubhouse; entrées in the new Collection Auto Club; and dessert in the home dugout.

Dugout Suites also are a top seller among those looking for a splurge: These suites are the ones you see on TV, with a field-level and bird’s eye view of the action. These suites can hold up to 12 people and have many food and beverage options available.

More information can be found here.

The Collection Auto Club is a new premium seating area that was formerly 10 suites along the first base side. Now, it’s a 120-seat premium area, with 120 seats available only through Season Ticket purchase in The Collection Auto Club. It features gourmet food options – the menu changes each day and includes fare native to the visiting team’s home city – and includes beer, wine, and padded seating. There also is a cash bar available for mixed drinks and liquor.

More information can be found here.

 

All Out Experience at Progressive Field:

The Indians’ One Day Baseball Experience offers fans the opportunity to play like the pro.

 

Participants play a doubleheader (seven-inning games) at Progressive Field in full provided baseball gear- replica jerseys (2), baseball pants, hat, belt and even a pair of socks! Players also have the option to personalize their jerseys for an added cost.

The participants must bring their own glove and spikes, but wooden bats, baseballs, and helmets are also provided by the Indians. As part of the experience, players’ names will be displayed on the scoreboard at Progressive Field, and they’ll receive a special lunch on the Budweiser Patio and commemorative gifts including a T-shirt and on-field team photo.

Indians greats Len Barker and Joe Charboneau are scheduled to serve as team managers for the day’s competition, while certified umpires also will be on hand. Teams are comprised of 10 people, and participants can register individually or as a team.

More information can be found here.

**Big thank you to Joel Hammond from the Cleveland Indians for providing me with the information for this post!

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