Spend MLB Opening Day at the Best U.S. Stadiums

March 8, 2020
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Opening Day marks the beginning of the new Major League Baseball (MLB) season. All 30 teams will be playing on the same day in various cities across the country, starting with fresh records. The 2020 Opening Day will take place on Thursday, March 26. Keep reading to learn more about attending Opening Day games in some of our favorite cities, as well as our recommendations for the best places to eat, shop, and stay while you’re there.

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Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

The Indians vs. Tigers opening game will take place at Progressive Field at 1:10 pm. The 35,000-seat ballpark is located in the middle of downtown Cleveland, near Playhouse Square and the JACK Casino. It is in a bustling area with plenty of great restaurants and shops – here are a few of our top recommendations!

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Start off your morning in Cleveland with breakfast at REBoL, a cafe located just minutes from the ballpark. They serve coffee, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, and pastries, all made from non-toxic, non-GMO, and organic ingredients. For lunch, you don’t even need to leave the ballpark! Melt Bar and Grilled is a popular regional chain with a location inside Progressive Field that is known for its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. End your night at Lola, an award-winning restaurant by celebrity chef Michael Symon. The beef cheek pierogies at the New American eatery are a must-try; they also have excellent seafood options.

While you’re in downtown Cleveland, check out some of the shops that call the city home. Opened in 1890, The Arcade is one of the oldest shopping malls in the United States. The National Historic Landmark is known for its beautiful Victorian-era architecture and the large skylight that stretches across the top of the multi-story building. Today, you can enjoy spa treatments, handcrafted jewelry, gift shops, an art gallery, and more. Also located just minutes from Progressive Field is Tower City Center. Tower City has large brands like Brooks Brothers and Bath & Body Works, as well as local retailers. 

While visiting Cleveland for Opening Day, you’ll want to stay somewhere close to the ballpark and all of the action downtown. Frontdesk has furnished short-term rentals in Cleveland, located within walking distance of Progressive Field. When you stay with us, you’ll get modern amenities like fully stocked kitchens, smart TVs with Roku and Netflix, and access to laundry facilities.

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Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Rays vs. Pirates opening game will take place at Tropicana Field at 4:10 pm. The 25,000-seat domed stadium is located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Downtown also houses the Salvador Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection, as well as many dining options. Here are some places we recommend checking out while in town!

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When you’re in the South, there is no better way to begin your day than with biscuits and gravy at Maple Street Biscuit Co. For lunch, walk a few blocks away from the stadium to Bodega and enjoy one of their renowned Cuban sandwiches. We recommend checking out The Avenue for dinner and drinks later in the evening. They are known for having the best burgers in St. Pete.

When it comes to shopping, your best bet is to head to Sundial St. Pete. The shopping mall has well-known retailers like Tommy Bahama and White House Black Market, plus a wellness center and a movie theater. Sundial is located in the heart of downtown, only a 5-minute drive from Tropicana Field. The city also has several boutique shops downtown that you can check out. 

While visiting St. Petersburg for Opening Day, the best place to stay is somewhere close to downtown, near the ballpark and the city’s other attractions. That’s where Frontdesk comes in. We have one-bedroom suites in St. Petersburg, located half a mile from Tropicana Field. These Frontdesk rentals also offer modern amenities like fully stocked kitchens, smart TVs with Roku and Netflix, and access to laundry facilities, a 24/7 gym, and an infinity pool.

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Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves

At 7:10 pm on Chase Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be facing off against the Atlanta Braves. The 48,600-seat ballpark is located in the middle of downtown Phoenix, near the Science Center and Heritage Square. There’s always something fun to do in Downtown Phoenix. Here are a few of our recommendations!

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Begin your morning in Phoenix at Matt’s Big Breakfast, a popular spot that dishes out large portions of favorites like waffles, biscuits and gravy, and egg scrambles. For lunch, we recommend enjoying a slice at Pizzeria Bianco, a short 5-minute walk from the ballpark. Even celebs like Oprah and Martha Stewart have raved about this famous pizza spot! The Arrogant Butcher, also a 5-minute walk away, makes a great choice for dinner. The iconic steakhouse is, of course, known for its steaks, but they also have excellent seafood and drinks.

For shopping, we recommend heading to nearby Cityscape. Here you’ll find retailers like Urban Outfitters, as well as a salon and spa, comedy club, bowling alley, and many restaurants. You can also find lots of independent shops in downtown Phoenix, from vintage shops to sporting goods stores.

While visiting Phoenix for 2020 Opening Day, you’ll want to find the perfect suite located close to downtown. Frontdesk offers one- and two-bedroom short-term rentals, conveniently located within a ten-minute drive of the ballpark. When you stay with us, you’ll get modern amenities like fully stocked kitchens, smart TVs with Roku and Netflix, and access to laundry and pool facilities.

With 2020 Opening Day just a few weeks away, it’s time to begin preparing for your trip. There are so many fantastic places to eat, visit, and stay in Cleveland, St. Petersburg, and Phoenix; your days are sure to be jam-packed with fun! But no matter where you’re traveling, be sure to book with Frontdesk; stay in our comfortable, personalized one- and two-bedroom suites, centrally-located in the best cities across the country.

          

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