Cavs and Indians Oct. 25
What you need to know if you’re coming Downtown during the Cavs home opener and Indians World Series games
On October 25, the Cavaliers are raising their 2016 championship banner and accepting their rings at Quicken Loans Arena before they defend the first major sports title that Cleveland has won in 52 years, while right next door at Progressive Field, the Indians are hosting game 1 of the World Series.
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As you can imagine, there will be a lot of people Downtown. Here’s what you need to know if you plan on joining the party.
It’s going to be tricky getting in and out of Downtown and finding parking. We highly recommend carpooling, arriving early, and using public transportation whenever possible.
RTA rail service is guaranteed to run 60 minutes past the end of each game to accommodate for larger than usual crowds. RTA will sell $5 round trip World Series commemorative passes, and will have extra workers available to help passengers. RTA also sells a regular all-day pass for $5.50. Download their mobile app for easy ticket purchasing.
Alternately, take advantage of ride-share programs such as Uber.
The City of Cleveland has issued the following “No Parking” zones from noon until 2 a.m.:
- Prospect Ave. from Ontario St. to East 14th St.
- Huron Rd. from Ontario St. to Prospect Ave.
- Bolivar Rd. from E. 9th St. to E. 14th St.
- Carnegie Ave. from E. 9th St. to E. 14th St.
- E. 9th St. from Superior Ave. to Carnegie Ave.
- E. 4th St. from Huron Rd. to Prospect Ave.
The Cavs will begin their championship ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans arena, where they will raise the banner and accept their rings. The game vs. the New York Knicks will begin at 7:30. Fans attending the game are encouraged to arrive early–the doors will open at 5:00.
- The ceremony and game will be broadcast on local and national TNT television, as well as on FM 100.7 and the Cavaliers Radio Network.
- Hip-hop artist Flo Rida will entertain the crowd with a special halftime performance.
- Use hashtags #WonForAll (Cavs game), #ThisisCLE and #TheLand (Cleveland experience).
Tickets are very hard to come by, as they sold out in minutes. Cleveland police are cautioning against purchasing from unknown sources or on the street, as counterfeit tickets may be present.
- World Series Game 1 kicks off against the Chicago Cubs with the first pitch at 8:08 p.m.
- Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
- Arrive early for pregame activities including the ceremonial first pitch, National Anthem, and other special surprises.
- The game will air on FOX and MLB.TV, and will be broadcast on 92.3 FM.
- Use hashtags #RallyTogether (Indains game), #ThisisCLE and #TheLand (Cleveland experience).
The “NBA on TNT Road Show” will host a free concert and Cavs watch party in the Huron surface parking lot (outside The Q between Prospect Ave. and Huron Rd.) starting at 2:00 p.m. Here’s what you can expect:
- TNT’s Inside The NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neil will provide pregame, halftime and postgame coverage live from the site
- Grammy-nominated rapper and songwriter Wiz Khalifa will perform from the stage prior to the game
- Performances from the Cavalier Girls dance team, Scream Team hip-hop troupe, QStix drumline, appearances by Cavs mascot Sir C.C. and more
- Food trucks
- Once the game begins, the event will transform into a giant viewing party with the TNT broadcast featured on massive video boards
- Alcohol and lawn chairs are prohibited
No ticket? No problem. Join the celebration in Gateway Plaza (between Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena), where you can watch the game on large screens and hear the roar of the crowd just yards away.