First opening its gates to fans of America’s favorite pastime for the start of the 2003 season, Classic Park is home to the Lake County Captains, an A-level Midwest League baseball team, affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. The park, which seats nearly 7300, has open-air concourses facing the diamond as well as the seating that rings the infield. Sloped grassed berms around portions of the outfield accommodate casual summer seating, and are punctuated by a small section of left field bleachers and two picnic areas provided at the outer corners of the outfield. A sizable number of luxury boxes extend on a second level above the main concourses. The design of the Minor League park takes a cue from Cleveland’s Progressive Field, with its intimate seating, multivariate masonry and industrial-styled steel framing.
As Classic Park is sited immediately adjacent to the intersection of two fairly busy local thoroughfares — Som Center Road (State Route 91) and Vine Street (State Route 640) — parking is provided on an opposite corner of the intersection, and accessed via a pedestrian bridge spanning Som Center Road. (A limited amount of special reserved parking also hugs the ballpark’s perimeter.) Developed in tandem with the ballpark, along its northern flank, lies a small convenience shopping center. Concessions at the ballpark are about average for Minor League Baseball, with a few added local fan favorites. The Lake County Captains do a brisk business in branded team merchandise, out of their well-stocked team shop.
Like most Major and Minor League Baseball teams, the Lake County Captains keep their yearly schedule packed with promotions, from fireworks displays to date nights, buck nights, food promotions, discounts and a variety of giveaways. For many regional fans who have been faced with the escalation in costs of attending a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, a night out with the Lake County Captains has become an economically attractive family outing.
Classic Park also hosts a number of special events throughout the year, such as the ‘Rock of Ages’ Concert of late 2010, and The Big Apple Circus, which has recently announced that it will appear at the ballpark in July of 2011.