Can you guess the team that has retired a number that is associated with their stadium? If you guessed the Cleveland Indians and the number 455, you are correct! Coupled with a successful team and one of the newest ballparks in baseball, for 455 straight games between 1995 and 2001 the Indians sold out every game at what was then known at Jacobs Field. Before the 1994 season a sellout was rare as the Indians played at the cavernous Cleveland Municipal Stadium along Lake Erie. For over six decades the Indians played here, usually in front of a sparse crowds. In 1985 David and Richard Jacobs purchased the Indians hoping to have a new ballpark built and to improve the team as both the team and stadium were known as being one of the worst in baseball. The Gateway Economic and Development Committee was established to build a new sports complex for the Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA). In May 1990 voters approved a bond for construction of a new ballpark and arena. Located in downtown Cleveland, construction began in 1992. The stadium was built as part of a an urban renewal project that also includes Quicken Loans Arena (NBA), parking garages and landscaped plazas. Architecturally the ballpark blends in with downtown Cleveland; from its exposed steel design, that matches many bridges on the North coast and the vertical light towers, that match the smoke stacks of Cleveland’s industrial zone and the high-rise office buildings in downtown Cleveland.
Tenant: Cleveland Indians (MLB)