Progressive Field Parking Review
Review of Progressive Field Parking Rating: 4
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Parking a few blocks away will save you money
- Many lots drop prices as game time approaches
If it's your first time visiting Cleveland, it's easy to settle for turning your car into the first parking lot you see close to Progressive Field. While there's technically nothing wrong with this plan, it will almost certainly result in you spending more money than you need to. Despite Progressive Field's location in downtown Cleveland, parking for an Indians game isn't astronomical.
That said, it's also not difficult to get a bargain. There are a ton of open-air and covered parking lots around the stadium. If you close your eyes and point in any direction, you're almost certain to be aimed at one. The covered lots cost a little more than those that are open, and the closest lots typically charge between $10 and $15 on game days. It's noteworthy to know that these prices usually drop as first pitch gets closer. So, if you see a lot charging $15, it might drop to $12 or $10 in the half-hour or so before the game begins.
If you want to be close to the stadium, try the large, covered lot on E. 9th Street between Prospect Avenue and Bolivar Road. When you exit this lot, you're less than two blocks from Progressive Field's Gate C, which is the gate that opens first. If you're nervous about walking at night after the game, the route between this garage and the stadium will be crowded enough with fans that you'll feel secure.
To save yourself a few bucks and increase your odds of avoiding post-game traffic snafus, try to park a few blocks away. Believe it or not, that's what the Indians even suggest on their website. There's a large lot bordered by Prospect Avenue, E. 6th Street, Huron Road East and E. 4th Street, a huge parking structure north of Prospect Avenue and along E. 8th Street and several lots in the vicinity of Prospect Avenue and E. 18th Street. Many of these lots change their prices depending on whether it's a weekday or weekend, but they're all affordable and ideal if you don't mind walking a few blocks. Most of these lots charge between $5 and $10, depending on the day.
If you’re unconcerned with price and more interested in convenience, you might want to give Parking Panda a shot. This is a service that allows you to pay for and reserve a guaranteed parking spot ahead of time. They have a couple great options in the $20 range only a block or two away from the stadium. By booking parking ahead of time you’ll know exactly where you’re headed before you even leave your house. Hop on their website or view all of their options below to get started: