Cleveland and Downtown Area Partners “ALL IN” to Host NBA Finals

The NBA Finals have reached Cleveland and the city is ready to be in the national and international spotlight. The City of Cleveland and downtown area partners have been preparing to accommodate the influx of sports fans and visitors from all over the country. “While it is always a good time to be in Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It’s time for every Clevelander to show we are all ALL IN!”

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On Tuesday, June 9, the Cleveland Cavaliers host Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena at 9:00 pm.  In addition, the Cleveland Indians begin their home series against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 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, June 9 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
  • East 2nd Street – from High Street to Prospect Avenue
  • Erie Court – Between East 9th Street and East 14th Street

On Thursday, June 11, the Cleveland Indians continue their series against the Seattle Mariner at Progressive Field with at 12:10 PM scheduled start time. Later on the day, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena at 9:00 PM. The “No Parking” restrictions will go into effect at 4:00 PM.

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. Plan your commute beforehand to effectively utilize your time. For Tuesday and Thursday’s Cavaliers game, there will be a free FanFest outside Quicken Loans Arena two and a half hours before tip-off. Arrive early to enjoy the festivities. For fans with tickets to the games, The Q’s doors will open at 7:00 p.m., two hours prior to tipoff.

Ride RTA. RTA will operate Red Line trains every 15 minutes to accommodate all sports fans and visitors. Blue and Green Line trains will run according to the regular schedule. All rapid lines will operate for at least 90 minutes after the games end. 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 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.

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! Short-term regional interstate closures may be possible during the weekend of June 13 and 14, but will be coordinated to avoid impacts to Cavs traffic!

Motorists are encouraged to visit for up-to-the-minute information, including LIVE traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown Cleveland.  In addition:

  • 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 Streets. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.
  • Motorists are encouraged to follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.