Cleveland fans need to get downtown early as 100,000 people expected for Browns, Indians, Glads

CLEVELAND - It's likely to be one of biggest sports Saturday's in Cleveland history, and Cleveland Police are urging fans to get downtown early on Aug. 23.

The Indians will be hosting the Houston Astros at Progressive Field at 7:05 PM, the Browns host the St. Louis Rams in their first preseason home game at 8 PM, and the Gladiators take on the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII at the Q at 8 PM all in the same night.

Cleveland Police expect the three simultaneous games to generate nearly 100,000 fans, and warn fans that they should not park illegally or their vehicles will be towed.

Cleveland Police issued the following fan information for Sat. Aug. 23:

There will be no parking on East 9th Street, Ontario Street and marked areas of Lakeside Avenue and Prospect Road. Signs will be posted and meters bagged in advance.

Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense and can be picked up at the division’s One Stop Impound Lot located at 3040 Quigley Road open 10:00 AM – midnight.


In an effort to prevent unnecessary inconvenience to motorists, and to ensure an enjoyable experience downtown, the Cleveland Division of Police are offering the following tips:

  • Arrive downtown early.
  • Utilize public transportation such as buses and the rapid transit system.
  • If driving is necessary or desirable plan a travel route into and out of the city and have a secondary route in mind.
  •  Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots nearest the ballpark generally fill up first.
  •  Abide by parking prohibitions (street parking is illegal on streets adjacent to Progressive Field before, during and immediately after each game).
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around Progressive and First Energy Stadium.

The muni lot for the Browns game will open at 7 AM. The number of portable restrooms has been increased to 50 and the number of trash cans upped to 75 for all home games.

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