CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians were set to take on the Boston Red Sox Monday in the 23rd home opener at Progressive Field, but the game was postponed until 1:10 p.m. Tuesday due to weather. Gates open Tuesday at 11 a.m.
It’s the 24th consecutive home opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
This year’s game sold out in 40 minutes back on Feb. 29.
Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is expected to pitch.
Here’s everything else you need to know for Opening Day!
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Parking/How to Get There/Traffic
— Progressive Field is accessible from Interstate 90, Interstate 77 and Interstate 71.
— Parking lots surrounding the field range from $5 to $20, but prices could be higher on Opening Day.
— RTA all-day passes are $5, and parking is free at all rail stations. Children’s passes are $2.50 for kids ages 6 to 12. If you take the rapid lines to Tower City, use the walkway from the food court to the lobby of Quicken Loans Arena.
— The city of Cleveland expects heavy traffic, an increase in pedestrians and more visitors during the game. The city encourages the use of public transportation and car pooling to help with traffic congestion. Fans should allow for extra travel time when commuting downtown.
— The following parking restrictions are in place: East 4th Street from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road; East 9th Street from Carnegie Avenue to Superior Avenue, both sides; Prospect Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street, both sides; Huron Road between Ontario Street and Prospect Avenue, both sides; Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to East 9th Street, both sides.
— The city will have traffic controllers in place at key intersections to help with traffic flow.
— Fans are encouraged to leave valuable items at home or secured in the trunk of a vehicle.
Before the game
There is a whole slate of events planned before the game actually even starts.
— The Indians will honor all branches of the United States military as members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard present the colors. An oversized American flag will be presented by 250 employees of Progressive Insurance.
— Alumni Bill Selby, Travis Hafner and Kenny Lofton will be on hand to celebrate some of the top “Only Here” moments in ballpark history.
— Operatic singer William Clarence Marshall will sing the National Anthem. Marshall lives in NE Ohio and has appeared with Opera Cleveland, Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.
— Black Keys drummer and Akron native Patrick Carney will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
— The team is debuting a massive new scoreboard, measuring 59 feet by 221 feet. It replaces the current system, which was installed in 2004. It’s part of the second phase of Progressive Field renovations, including a club with a full bar behind home plate. The project also includes a state-of-the-art sound system and other boards throughout the ballpark which will enhance fans’ experience by providing greater access to statistics, scores from around the league and sound quality.
— The stadium will also feature an improved view for fans using the main concourse.
— Archways seen in the Infield District near the new local restaurants are a nod to architecture from the League Park era, and spotlight Tribe players and MLB players who excelled during the League Park era. Featured players include Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Earl Averill.
— Interior concourse walls now display players’ names who entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform.
— A Bob Feller silhouette for fan photo opportunities has also been added to the Infield District. The silhouette is the same pose featured on the patch that Tribe players wore on their uniforms after Feller’s passing.
Fans will have even more to eat this year at Progressive Field.
— Seven more area restaurants are offering their dishes this year, bringing the total to 12. They include Happy Dog, Ohio City Burrito, Cleveland Pickle, Momocho, Fat Head’s Brewery, Dante’s Inferno and The Brew Kettle. The project extends from the Right Field District all the way to the Home Run Porch. The new restaurants join last year’s additions to the Right Field District – Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Dynomite Burger.
—Great Lakes Brewing Company will feature a new beer garden, installed near section 164 and the main Progressive Field Team Shop. The beer garden will have 8-10 beers available at all times.
— The Home Run Porch is now the Budweiser Home Run Porch, which now also filters into the expanded drink rail area in left field, similar to those in right. Bud’s 1876 cart has a new, visible presence on the porch, and Budweiser will roll out a Tribe-themed can in the Northeast Ohio market soon.
This year’s home opener marks the seventh time Boston has been the opposing team in the Tribe’s 116 home openers. The Red Sox have never been the visiting team for a home opener at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber will start on opening day, followed by Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. For more on the starting rotation, click here.