The Cavs are Back
Cavs season is upon us... is this The Year?
By Adam Sockel
"Lighting up Cleveland"
This was the promise LeBron James made when he was drafted back in 2003. He was going to do his part to put Cleveland back on the map. Last year, he and the Cavaliers did just that, captivating fans from around the world. The Cavs took its fan base on a ride throughout a brilliant season. The year may have ended a few wins shy of the ultimate goal, but there is no denying that the center of the sports world for nine months was Cleveland, Ohio. Bright lights, big city indeed.
On October 30, the spotlight will once again shine on downtown Cleveland and there will be no better place to be than the streets, restaurants and bars around Quicken Loans Arena. Whether or not you are fortunate enough to score a ticket to the home opener, you'll want to get downtown early as the celebrations will tipoff long before the game itself.
If you're interested in seeing what Mardi Gras feels like, head to East 4th Street. ESPN does their on-location shows in Cleveland here leading to throngs of fans crowding the street to cheer in the background with signs and fathead posters aplenty. If you prefer to do your pre-game fun inside, East 4th offers numerous options including Wonder Bar, The Butcher and the Brewer and Flannery's Pub. These bars and many others will be having sponsored watch parties, so even if you can't get into The Q, you'll be able to enjoy a similar experience to the packed arena. In fact, here is a helpful list of the best sports bars in the city so you can choose any atmosphere you like.
To round out the night (or the weekend), downtown has plenty of excitement to keep your blood pumping and adrenaline surging. After the game, you can try your luck at The Horseshoe Casino, voted Northeast Ohio's best new attraction, which features 1,600 slot machines and nearly 100 table games. If gambling isn't your thing, you can take a quick five minute cab right over to the brand new Hofbrauhaus Brewpub in the heart of Cleveland's Theatre District, where you'll find hearty German food and beer and live music that will have the over 1,000 people it holds dancing on tables all night long.
When visiting Cleveland, one thing you'll discover is not only are Northeast Ohioans proud of our beautiful area, but we take great pride in our food culture as well as being named America's Best Beer City. Discover our award-winning breweries, including Great Lakes Brewing Company, Nano Brew, Market Garden Brewery and Platform Beer Company. In fact, if you stay the whole weekend, you could enjoy all of these great spots by checking out the Cleveland Brew Bus tours.
The excitement around the Cavs opening night will certainly spill into the whole weekend as the Browns also play at home on Sunday, November 1, against the Arizona Cardinals. There's nothing quite like downtown Cleveland on a Browns Sunday, so stay all weekend and join the Dawg Pound as you'll find tailgating all around First Energy Stadium and watch parties all along West 6th Street.
Opening night of the Cavaliers season is special. There's nothing like experiencing the electricity of the city first hand, so come join us and the thousands of fans who will, once again, light up Cleveland. Our ever-optimistic city believes that this will be the year Cleveland finally celebrates a championship and you'll want to see the start of it all so you can look back and say, "I was there when..." We can't wait to welcome you to Cleveland. Just bring your sunglasses. It's going to be bright.
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