A VISITORS GUIDE: CLEVELAND CAVS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Clock busters. Nail biters. On-the-edge-of-your-seat panic inducers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team is in the NBA Championship Finals, baby! And, it’s downright exhilarating.
Admittedly, any city in the midst of competing in championship finals would be pretty amped-up. Just ask Oakland. But, the sheer passion radiating from Cleveland right now is something you’re not going to find anywhere else in the world.
As local superstar Lebron James put it, "In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have."
We couldn't agree more.
So, if you want to experience an electrifying energy fueled by dedication surging through the streets, bars, homes and arena of a pride-filled town, it's due time you get yourself to Cleveland for the NBA Finals. You don't want to miss this.
WATCHING THE GAME
The Finals return to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday, June 16 at 9pm. Check an item off your bucket list by seeing King James in action. Enjoy chants of “Delly, Delly, Delly” along East Fourth Street. Hypothesize on the height of Shumpert’s ‘do. Or, just be in the city to experience the sizzling energy from its fans.
Need tickets to the game in C-town? Head over to Cavaliers Playoff Access.
Didn't get them in time? That's okay, because this whole town is partying.
During home games, the Cleveland Cavaliers invites everyone down to East Sixth Street and Gateway Plaza - just outside Quicken Loans Arena - for a free pregame party with games, food and entertainment. After the game starts, fans can stick around to watch the game on two gigantic screens located on the plaza.
If you're looking for a nice little (or big) watering hole to high-five, shout at the refs and sip some craft brews with fellow fans and locals, give these watch parties a shot: www.nba.com/cavaliers/playoffs/locations.
While you're making your way around town, save time and use RTA, our handy dandy public transportation system. RTA's trains, buses and trolleys can get you within steps of Quicken Loans Arena.
The nice thing about Cleveland is that whether you're staying overnight downtown or in a suburban location, getting to Quicken Loans Arena is a cinch with easy access to main highways and excellent walkability.
But, if you want to stay right smack dab in the middle of the action, book a room in the Gateway District where the party goes all night. Options within that area include Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, Holiday Inn Express (Downtown Cleveland), Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, Metropolitan Hotel at the 9, Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway and Residence Inn by Marriott - Cleveland Downtown.
WHILE IN TOWN
Why just come to town for the championship games when you can spend a couple of days getting to know the city that made "Best Places to Travel in 2015" in Travel + Leisure magazine? Check out this three-day itinerary that'll take your playoff adventure from awesome to epic.
And, while in town, check out some of these events/activities June 15 - 17:
- June 15: WWE Raw at Quicken Loans Arena
- June 15: Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at the Music Box Supper Club (8pm)
- June 15: The Sour Notes with Sammy Slips at Now That's Class (8pm)
- June 15: Lake County Captains minor league baseball team vs. Kane County Cougars (7pm)
- June 16: ESPN2's "First Take" to broadcast live from Music Box Supper Club (10am)
- June 17: Akron Rubberducks minor league baseball team vs. Altoona Curve (7:05pm)
- June 17: Lake Erie Crusher entertainment baseball league vs. Florence Freedom (7:05pm)
- "Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American" exhibit at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Go Cavs! #ALLinCLE