Three Day Cleveland Sports Trips
Coming to see some sports? We don't blame you--Cleveland is HOT right now
By Heather Tunstall
2016 is the year for Cleveland sports. A UFC champion. AHL champions. NBA champions. MLB American League champions. It's been surreal to say the least, and it's creating an atmosphere this fall and winter that is positively electric.
And the Cleveland fan base is one of the best for a reason. The tailgating for Browns games has reached legendary status, bars and restaurants have a ridiculous amount of TVs or projectors to watch the action, and it's a known fact in the sports world that our arenas/fields/stadiums get LOUD.
If you are coming to town to partake in Cleveland's epic year of sports--and you definitely should--you can shove all the sports you can handle into a three-day trip. With three major league teams (the Cavs, the Browns and the Indians), plus an AHL championship hockey team (Cleveland Monsters) all located downtown, plus several nearby sports-related attractions, Cleveland's sports scene is unparalleled.
Here are the best Cleveland sports three-day getaways this year:
Sports: Baseball, basketball, hockey
What: The Indians will be hosting the first game of the 2016 World Series at Progressive field on Oct. 25. That very same night, the Cavaliers will be playing their home opener against the Knicks--and it happens to be the first time in franchise history that they'll be raising a championship banner and accepting their rings. Downtown Cleveland will be absolutely rocking. Take a day to rest after all that excitement--maybe visit the Baseball Heritage Museum at historic League Park (where the Indians won their first ever World Series)--then hang out for the Monsters hockey game against San Antonio on the Oct. 27.
Watch and eat: Join the party outside Quicken Loans Arena (at the Northeast side between Prospect Ave. and Huron Rd.) and watch the Cavs on massive LED screens with thousands of fans, free of charge. Party starts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. You're right next to Progressive Field, so you'll get both the baseball and basketball experiences in one.
October 30-November 1
Sports: Football, basketball, baseball
What: Get your tailgate on for the Browns game vs. the Jets on Oct. 30. Spend the next day between games at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, then steel your nerves for a spooky Halloween evening in Cleveland. Gear up for another big sports night with the Cavs playing the Rockets on Nov. 1, and possibly a World Series game 6 on Nov. 1 as well.
Watch and eat: Barley House on W. 6th Street is the place to be for dogs, burgers and brews before and during a Browns game. For Cavs and Indians, Flannery's Pub on East 4th is located near the arena and stadium, has lots of TVs and an ambiance perfect for cheers-ing a win.
Sports: Basketball, hockey, football
What: The Cavs play the Pistons in an Eastern Conference showdown on Nov. 18. Follow that up with the Monsters battling Milwaukee on Nov. 19. Then get yourself ready for some serious smack-talk as you watch the Browns take on their rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 20.
Watch and eat: The Corner Alley on East 4th and Euclid downtown has all the TVs, food, drink and games you can think of, and it's not far from the live action if you just want to stop by for a pre-game beverage.
Sports: Basketball, football, and more basketball
What: The Cavs play the Nets on Dec. 23, then the Browns host a Christmas Eve game against the Chargers. But then comes the Big Game on Dec. 25: The Cavs play the Golden State Warriors for the first time in the regular season after overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat them in the 2016 championship series. You will not want to miss this game. Merry Christmas, indeed.
Watch and eat: The Wild Eagle Saloon on Huron Rd. just east of East 9th St. has tons of space, big TVs to watch the games, and a beer list that is insane. You can load up a pre-paid card and pick and choose different pour-your-own beers, or let the bartenders handle it for you the old-school way.