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Jacobs Field

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Jacobs Field
The Jake
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Jacobs Field

Facility Statistics
Location2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 42865
Broke GroundJanuary 1992
OpenedApril 4, 1994
SurfaceKentucky Blue Grass
OwnerCuyahoga County
Construction Cost$175 million USD
ArchitectHOK Sport
Tenants
Cleveland Indians1994-present
Seating Capacity
199443,345
Dimensions
Left Field325 ft / 99 m
Left-Center370 ft / 113 m
Center Field405 ft / 123.5 m
Right-Center375 ft / 114 m
Right Field325 ft / 99 m
Backstop

Jacobs Field is a baseball stadium located in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with Gund Arena, it was built as a replacement for Cleveland Stadium.

Jacobs Field is home to the Cleveland Indians of the American League.

History

Jacobs Field is one of the contributing factors to the revitalization of downtown Cleveland. Opening in 1994, it replaced Cleveland Stadium, which the Indians shared with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, and which for the Tribe had become the archetype of the adjective "cavernous".

In May 1990, city voters approved a 15-year sin tax on alcohol and cigarette sales in order to finance the new sports complex. In June of 1992, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown at the site of the new Jacobs Field before construction of the building began.

Finally, on April 4, 1994, the Cleveland Indians played their first baseball game at Jacobs Field against the Seattle Mariners.

In 1995, Jacobs Field hosted its first World Series, where the Cleveland Indians lost to the Atlanta Braves. In 1997, Jacobs Field was the site of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the host of the 1997 World Series where the Cleveland Indians lost to the Florida Marlins.

The Indians' move to "The Jake" coincided with the coming of age of an outstanding young team, and the Indians soon became the hottest ticket in Cleveland. The ballpark set a major league record between 1995 and early 2001 by selling out 455 straight games. Demand for tickets was so great that they once sold out all 81 home games before opening day. The Indians retired the number 455 in honor of this outstanding record.

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