CLEVELAND - Security will increase in Cleveland in preparation for the opening of the Gay Games on Saturday.
At a news conference, Cleveland police announced a multi-level approach to safety in order to ensure both participants and observers are safe and enjoy the games.
Law enforcement from 13 different municipalities will be able to be in direct contact with each other as well as a special command center that will operating in downtown Cleveland.
"We have intelligence resources in place that should assist us in disrupting any kind of disorder which is brewing or any of ill intent," said Cleveland Police Commander Harold Pretel.
No extra backpacks or luggage will be permitted inside Quicken Loans Arena during opening ceremonies.
In addition, several Cleveland streets will be affected during upcoming days:
- East Shoreway will be CLOSED between West Blvd. and East 26th bridge on Saturday, Aug. 9 between 5:30 a.m. and noon. Access to Rock Hall and Science Center will be allowed.
- Heavy traffic expected Monday, Aug. 11 in the area of the West Bank of the Flats during concert.
- Lakeside Avenue will be CLOSED, Saturday, Aug. 16 between 6:30 a.m. and midnight for closing ceremonies.