CLEVELAND – 7 things to know for Indians vs. Rays Wild Card playoff game at Progressive Field
7 things to know ahead of Tribe playoff game
When to get there: All gates at Progressive Field open at 6 p.m Wednesday. Fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to catch pre-game festivities. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m.
What to wear and what you’ll get at the game
The team is asking fans to “Rock Your Red.” One popular option has been GV Art and Design’s red “Goon Squad” shirt, based off the nickname for the team’s dynamic group of bench players, which flew off the shelves at their store Tuesday. All fans at the game will receive a white rally towel.
What you can bring into the stadium
A single, factory sealed bottle of water that is 20 ounces or less, small-single serving juice boxes and food items, soft-sided coolers and small bags (maximum size can not exceed 16 x 16 x 8 inches), strollers, and banners that do not interfere with other fans’ view of the game can be hung from the face of the upper deck in front of the 400-level sections.
Activities, including a U2 cover band, will kick off in Gateway Plaza starting at 4:30 p.m. Beer will be available for purchase in that area at Budweiser’s Build-A-Bar. Former Indians slugger Andre Thornton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
How to watch
Tickets for the game are sold out. You can check ticket exchange websites such as Stubhub, though prices are now well above face value, ranging from $95 for Standing Room Only to $1,600 for club seats. If you’re planning to watch on TV, the game can be seen on TBS with announcers Brian Anderson, John Smoltz and Joe Simpson, as well as field reporter Rachel Nichols, on the call.
Traffic and transportation info
The ramp from E. 9th Street to I-90 West is currently closed. Fans traveling to the west or southwest after the game can use the ramp at E-14th Street or take I-77 South to I-490 West as an alternative. RTA is also an option for fans, with trains running at least 90 minutes after the last pitch. Parking rates in lots downtown and near the stadium will vary.
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