From King James to Johnny Football
Highly Anticipated Year in CLE Pro Sports
The Cleveland Browns
Repeat after us: "Here we go Brownies, here we go! Woof woof! Here we go Brownies, here we go! Woof woof!"
Now, perform that cheer at least five times a day no softer than 100 decibels, and you'll be fully prepared for your next trip to a Cleveland Browns football game.
Ahhh yeah! Football in Brownstown begins this August. You can practically feel the anticipation in the air. We here in Cleveland are absolutely stoked to get going on a season that's looking pretty exciting, if we do say so ourselves.
What's all the hubbub about?
In 2014, Cleveland Browns NFL team welcomes new quarterback Johnny Manziel. Receiving the oh-so-flashy nickname "Johnny Football" from his legendary days playing at Texas A&M, Manziel was the first freshmen to receive the Heisman Trophy (the namesake of which was born and raised in Cleveland) and a rather popular athlete in the world of social media.
The superstar qualities of both Manziel and current starting quarterback Brian Hoyer make this one of the most anticipated seasons in Cleveland Browns history.
But, these players aren't the only ones contributing to this enthusiasm. The Browns will start the season with both a new head coach (Mike Pettine) and general manager (Ray Farmer), which alone generate a tremendous amount of interest from fans near and far.
So, you wanna see these cats...errr...dawgs in person?
You're in luck. The first preseason game at First Energy Stadium is on Aug. 23 at 8pm. Now is the time to purchase tickets, book your overnight accommodations and plan your pre- and post-game activities. [May we suggest a rowdy romp through the "muni lot" for some rather untethered pregame fun?]
But, if you can't make it to any of the 10 games held at First Energy Stadium on Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, consider checking out the team during Browns Training Camp July 25 - Aug. 13.
The free training camp, held in the southwest suburb of Berea, offers visitors the unique opportunity to watch the team play in scrimmages and practice technique. Training camp also offers free kids activities, food, interaction with players and close-proximity to the playing field.
In 2014, the team also will play intrasquad scrimmages and interact with fans during Family Day at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron on Aug. 2.
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball
He's baaaaaaack. And, he's totally forgiven.
Lebron James, Northeast Ohio's hometown basketball superstar - often referred to as "King James" - has a lot to do with the pervasive sense of optimism sweeping through Cleveland.
James, who's widely recognized as one of Basketball's greatest players, recently announced his exhilarating return to the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team in 2014.
And, to put it lightly, Clevelanders are having one heck of a pre-season party to celebrate his homecoming. It's simply infectious.
With the return of James, the 2014 season promises to be one for the books. And, you'd be absolutely bananas to not check out a game during your next visit, because - seriously people - this is history happening right before your eyes.
Okay. Okay. We're psyched. You get it. But the truth is, it's not all about Lebron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers recently selected the first pick in the NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins. This distinguished athlete, with his outstanding athleticism, brings a wealth of promise to a team that's on the rebound.
Highlights of the upcoming season also include the talent coming out of superstar player Kyrie Irving and new head coach David Blatt who brings a championship pedigree from his time overseas.
And while we know other cities have NBA teams, you really haven't experienced ANYTHING like a CAVS game. From flashy pyrotechnics, a high-power breakdancing squad, pep rallies between quarters and hilarious on-court antics, you seriously cannot replicate the infectious gameday energy happening at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
Make sure to check out a game at "The Q" October through April.
Cleveland Indians Baseball
If you're just not quite ready for football or basketball, there's still time left to experience summertime with the Cleveland Indians. Under the leadership of Terry Francona, the "Tribe," as locals call them, play some exciting matchups inside the fan-friendly Progressive Field.
Constructed between three downtown streets, the urban baseball park is very much known for offering an intimate and comfortable fan experience. The seats offer more legroom due to wider aisles and angled seat sections provide an uncanny view of the middle of the diamond.
The team plays regular season games May through September. Attending a game is an excellent way to experience beautiful Cleveland summertime weather with the backdrop of the city's downtown.