December 2006 Issue
Monopoly on Ohio
You can own a classic piece of Buckeye state real estate without breaking the bank: A square on the new Monopoly Here and Now board game, which debuted in September, features Jacobs Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians.
Monopoly is something everyone played as a kid, and the game has been passed from generation to generation. Now it has a whole new look.
"The question was what would Monopoly look like if it was created today," said Kathleen Joyce, the marketing manager for family flagship brands of Hasbro Games, makers of Monopoly. "That included not only the properties, but the prices for the different properties. Everything about the game was updated."
The game's creators chose 22 vacation/travel destinations around the country to take a spot on the board.
"Looking at the top travel spots around the U.S., in every area of the country, Cleveland was one of the top cities that came to the list because of the great destinations there," Joyce says.
After much debate, the creators selected three landmarks from each city chosen. Cleveland's destinations were Jacobs Field, Euclid Avenue and North Coast Harbor.
"It was hard to narrow it down," Joyce recalls. "The key message we kept going back to was what people considered the top things to do in that city. In Cleveland, going to an Indians game heads the list for a lot of visitors."
The winner was chosen in online voting. Jacobs Field won with about 40 percent of the vote; North Coast Harbor had 34 percent.
"This was one of the closest landmark races in our voting process," Joyce says.
Jacobs Field is located on the square that used to be occupied by Mediterranean Avenue. The price of the property is $600,000.
"There are certain spaces on the board that have a Chance or Community Chest card dedicated to them," Joyce says. "Cleveland is only one of five cities with such a card."
Cleveland's Community Chest card allows the lucky player to coordinate opening day activities at Jacobs Field and collect $250,000 for doing so.