Stadium Journey recently released their Ballpark Experience Ratings for 2015 and placed Progressive Field at number 19 on the list. The results are compiled using a "FANFARE scale," which takes available food and beverages, the atmosphere and the stadium location into account in determining the best parks to take in a baseball game.
The home of the Cleveland Indians was in the bottom half of the list at 19, just ahead of Miller Park in Milwaukee, and just behind the Chicago White Sox’s U.S. Cellular Field. Stadium Journey noted the recent improvements to Progressive Field, including the expanded Kids Clubhouse, the Bob Feller Museum, and the expansive view of the centerfield gate. In particular, the ranking took into account the new right field area, where the majority of the food and drink stands are located:
"This area takes a page from Coors Field in the sense that specialty foods and drinks are offered in one area. It is set up like a main street area of a town. "
Phase 2 of the Progressive Field renovations began earlier this month and reportedly include a brand new club behind home plate, more concessions, and a glassed-in customer-service center with a view of the field. A big emphasis on the renovations, in general, is giving fans the ability to see the field from anywhere in the stadium. It will be interesting where it ranks on this list following these changes, and how fans receive it in general.
Topping Stadium Journey’s list was Oriole Park at Camden Yards, followed by PNC Park, and finally the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium rounded out the top three.
I have only been to three baseball games in person in my life (and one was rained out), so I am the absolute last person to be an authority on rating stadiums, but I have had zero complaints at the park.