Last weekend, I attended the Cleveland Indians Opening Day at Jacob's Field. I was disappointed that we were snowed out one pitch away from a complete game. I was also very cold.

I'll be returning to the Jake many times this summer, and I hope you do the same. When I was walking down E. 9th Street, I was thinking that many from Columbus might think it's too much of a hassle to go up for an Indians game. I've been through my routine so many times, that it's no trouble at all.

Here is a step-by-step guide (from Columbus to your seat) of how to attend a Tribe game.

Last weekend, I attended the Cleveland Indians Opening Day at Jacob's Field. I was disappointed that we were snowed out one pitch away from a complete game. I was also very cold.

I'll be returning to the Jake many times this summer, and I hope you do the same. When I was walking down E. 9th Street, I was thinking that many from Columbus might think it's too much of a hassle to go up for an Indians game. I've been through my routine so many times, that it's no trouble at all.

Here is a step-by-step guide (from Columbus to your seat) of how to attend a Tribe game.

How to get tickets: Indians ticket site

I had amazing seats along the first-base side for Snow Day '07, but I've sat in nearly every section at the stadium. I recommend sitting in the Lower Box (best viewing) or the Bleachers (best fan experience and heckling opportunities). Bleacher seats cost $14; Lower Box seats cost $30. Bring a mitt and much Tribe knowledge for either section.

Also, the Indians are known for their awesome giveaways and fireworks - so be sure to check those out on the promotional schedule.

Here are some upcoming day games:

Sunday, April 15, 1:05 p.m. (Chicago White Sox) Thursday, April 26, 12:05 p.m. (Texas Rangers) Sunday, April 29, 1:05 p.m. (Baltimore Orioles) Thursday, May 17, 1:05 p.m. (Minnesota Twins)

How to get there: [Yahoo map]

From Columbus to Cleveland is a straight shot up I-71, and during the day, it takes about two hours. The map I included above will get you there, though Yahoo! and Google gave me a lot of crap when I typed in both locales.

Just follow I-71 North, which eventually merges into I-90 East about 3 miles outside the city. When you hit downtown, signs will suggest exiting at E. 9th St., but don't do it. Instead, curve around and get off at the Superior Avenue exit. On the ramp, bear left, then turn left onto Superior Avenue. There is less traffic - in and out - and you're on your way to cheap parking.

Where to park: East Ohio Building, at Superior Avenue and E. 9th Street [View image]

This garage is great because it's cheap - only $5. A few blocks away, things creep up to $15 or more. Also, you're a short walk to the game and have easy, unfettered access going home. Be sure to note when the garage closes, if you plan to go out after the game.

Once on Superior Avenue after the freeway, just keep heading west. The garage entrance is on your left hand side, about one half-block before E. 9th Street. To find Jacob's Field, head to E. 9th Street and walk away from Lake Erie.

Where to grab a pre-game drink: Panini's Bar & Grille [homepage]

This establishment is known for three-season Cleveland support, and it offers many cheap drinks in addition to great sandwiches.

Where to buy hot dogs: House 'O Weenies

You're allowed to bring hot dogs and peanuts into the Jake. That said, grab a few eats at this dedicated, friendly vendor, who usually sets up on E. 9th St. between Superior Avenue and Bolivar Road, which is along your walk to the stadium. Dogs are only $1.25 and delicious Polish boys are $2.