How to Watch Batting Practice at Progressive Field [Cleveland Guardians]


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Watching batting practice gives fans an opportunity to see players up close and personal. Some players use this time to sign autographs and interact with fans. But what about Cleveland Guardians’ games at Progressive Field? Can you watch batting practice at Progressive Field?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Progressive Field, although it’s worth noting that batting practice begins prior to the stadium gates opening, so fans will only be able to see part of batting practice. The official time that Cleveland Guardians batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly two and a half hours before game time. Typically, batting practice lasts 45-50 minutes per team.

The Guardians will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but most teams stick to normal routines as much as possible.

Progressive Field gates open 60 minutes prior to game time for games Sunday through Thursday, and 90 minutes prior to game time for games on Friday and Saturday. Because of this, the Guardians are often done with batting practice by the time fans can enter the stadium.

When fans enter, the road team will be on the field taking their portion of batting practice. And, because gates only open 60 minutes prior to game time on games Sunday through Thursday, watching batting practice on those days will be difficult because batting practice will be concluding about the same time that stadium gates open. Batting practice at Progressive Field will be easier to see on Friday and Saturday games due to earlier gate times.

The Cleveland Guardians also offer certain group experiences, which include the opportunity to watch batting practice at Progressive Field. To read more, I would encourage you to visit the Cleveland Guardians’ group experience page by clicking here.

Cleveland Guardians Batting Practice Time

Can You Watch Batting Practice at Progressive Field?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Progressive Field. As we discussed above, the official time that Cleveland Guardians batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly two and a half hours before game time.

The Cleveland Guardians will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but batting practice usually lasts 45-50 minutes per team.

Because Progressive Field gates usually open 60 minutes prior to game time on games Sunday through Thursday, and 90 minutes prior on games Friday and Saturday, the Guardians are often done with batting practice by the time fans can enter the stadium. When fans enter, the road team will be on the field taking their portion of batting practice.

And, for games Sunday through Thursday when the gates only open 60 minutes prior to game time, watching batting practice on those days will be difficult because batting practice will be concluding about the same time that stadium gates open. Batting practice at Progressive Field will be easier to see on Friday and Saturday games due to earlier gate times.

So, the main takeaway is that even though, yes, fans are allowed to enter the stadium early to watch batting practice at Progressive Field, because the gates only open 60 or 90 minutes prior to first pitch, the home-team portion of batting practice will almost always be finished by the time you can enter the stadium.

What Time do Gates Open for Batting Practice?

As we discussed above, Progressive Field gates open 60 minutes prior to game time for games Sunday through Thursday, and 90 minutes prior to game time for games on Friday and Saturday (source).

After the Guardians complete their portion of batting practice, the road team will take the field and hold batting practice. For more information on stadium gates, visit our Progressive Field Gate & Parking Guide.

Do You Need a Ticket for Batting Practice?

You will, of course, need a game ticket to be able to enter Progressive Field and watch batting practice, but you don’t need an additional ticket to be able to watch batting practice.

If you need tickets for an upcoming Cleveland Guardians game, you can read more by visiting our article that discusses buying Guardians tickets at Progressive Field.


Other Things to do Besides Watching Batting Practice at Progressive Field

If you are looking for other activities near Progressive Field to do before going to the game, there are a few options you may want to check out.

In the ballpark, there is an entire deck dedicated to those with families. The attractions range from a toddler play area to an interactive video game that compares the running speeds of your kids to those of pro players. 

Located in the center field area of Progressive field, you can look at all the rich history of the Cleveland franchise. There are several levels that are dedicated specifically to certain topics and groups. 

Located at Public Square in Cleveland, which is near Progressive Field, you can ride up to the Terminal Tower Observation Deck and see the entire city. The Observation deck is open during business hours and welcomes all visitors.

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