As the weather gets warmer things are starting to heat up in Cleveland this week with so many great events planned that will attract visitors from all over to our city. Beginning on Tuesday, May 12, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue their exciting playoff run against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 pm. The Cavs free outdoor Fan Fest on Gateway Plaza begins at 4:30 p.m.
In addition, the Cleveland Indians begin their home series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:10 PM. The City of Cleveland would like to remind visitors and all those in the downtown area of the parking restrictions that will be in place for both games on Tuesday, May 12, beginning at 4:00 pm.
“No Parking” restrictions will be in place at the below areas.
- Huron Road – from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
- Prospect Avenue – from Ontario Street To East 14th Street
- East 9th Street – from Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
- East 4th Street – from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road
On Thursday, May 14, the Cleveland Indians continue their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field with at 12:10 PM scheduled start time. Later on the day, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host their Game 6 watch party at Quicken Loans Arena. The watch party will begin at 7:00 pm and tip-off is set at 8:00 pm. There are no current parking restrictions scheduled for this day.
In addition to the notification of parking restrictions, the City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following advice to improve your visit and downtown experience:
Arrive early. In order to ensure that you arrive at your destination without missing a second of the action, plan your commute beforehand and allow yourself extra travel time. If you are attending the Indians game, arrive early and explore the transformed Progressive Field renovations
Ride RTA. RTA will operate Red Line trains every 15 minutes to accommodate sports fans. Blue and Green Line trains will operate according to the regular schedule. All rapid lines will serve sports fans for at least 90 minutes after the game ends. Park for free at many of RTA’s rapid stations, buy a $5 All-Day-Pass and take the train to Tower City Station for an easy walk to the Q through the enclosed Walkway near Tower City food court. Plan your commute with www.riderta.com to enjoy all Downtown Cleveland has to offer.
Put Your Junk in Your Trunk! Valuable items should not be left in the interior of a vehicle where others can see them. Even better is to place these items in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.
If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.
The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic. Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.
Finally, on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, the 38th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will commence. Saturday’s events will feature a 5k run and a Kids’ Fun Run at Edgewater park beginning at 8:00 AM. The 10k, half, and full marathon will begin at 7:00 AM on Sunday.
The Cleveland Division of Police expects approximately 70,000 runners and spectators to take place in the festivities over the weekend and, as always, safety is our priority. See the course map here and familiarize yourself with the route if you plan to participate, watch, or travel during the duration of the event.
Parking along the race route will be prohibited until the Division of Police re-opens any closed routes. If you plan to travel close by the route on the day of the race, please expect delays and plan accordingly or utilize RTA. Visit www.clevelandmarathon.com for more information on the race and details regarding the day of the event.
If you are traveling to or from the city this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to be alert for detours and new traffic patterns! During Marathon weekend, the ramp from I-90 east toward Downtown will be closed at the I-490 split. Those traveling from the west who use I-90 to enter Downtown should “Opt for the Alternate!” and use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach Downtown venues!
- Those who use I-77 south to exit Downtown will notice changes as the East 9th and Ontario Street ramps to I-77 south have been permanently relocated. Outbound I-77 traffic now uses Orange Avenue which is reduced to two lanes in each direction between Carnegie and East 14th Street. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.
- Follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.
- For a LIVE look at traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown, be sure to visit www.ohgo.com/Dashboard/ne-ohio for up-to-the-minute information!