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Events Galore: Saturday night in downtown Cleveland, tips to stay sane & ticket-free

The Cleveland Gladiators, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians will be playing at the same time Saturday night! The Cleveland Gladiators, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians will be playing at the same time Saturday night!

On Saturday night, downtown Cleveland will host three home sporting events, movies at Playhouse Square, and a concert at Jacob's Pavilion. 

Starting at 7:05, the Tribe hosts the Houston Astros, and there will be a fireworks display after the game.

The Cleveland Gladiators play the Arizona Rattlers at 8 p.m. in Arena Bowl XXVII. Should they win, it will be the first National Championship in Cleveland in more than 50 years. 

At the same time, the Browns will play the St. Louis Rams over at First Energy Stadium. Not to mention the tailgaters, who can start tailgating in the Muni Lot at 7 a.m.

Over at Jacob's Pavilion, 93.1 WZAK is having a "Stone Soul Picnic

Don't forget Playhouse Square has a sell-out crowd for a showing of "The Sound of Music."

Cheryl Farnsworth is in town from Salt Lake City.

"This is the place to be. Much better than Salt Lake City," she said.

Here is what you need to know if you're heading downtown: 

The RTA will have extra trains on the red, blue and green lines; and extra buses on major routes. They also plan to have extra staff and security at all major stations to facilitate ticketing and keep travelers safe. 

If you're coming in from the West Side, the Brookpark, Puritas, and Triskett Stations have ample parking. From the East Side, consider the Shaker/Green Station. 

An all day pass costs $5. If you're going to the Browns game, you can transfer to the Waterfront Line at Tower City and it will take you to the stadium. 

For more information, like departure and arrival times, check the RTA's website

ODOT is not planning any Innerbelt Closures on Saturday, but to avoid any bottleneck, consider taking the I-490 and I-77 alternate. 

"It's going to be madness. I'm glad I'm walking around, that's for sure," said Ken Groner, visiting from southern Illinois. 

"We drove 12 hours from Montreal, Canada to be here. I mean, I have been a Browns fan living in Montreal for 45 years," said Jean Girard. 

People like Girard, Groner and Farnsworth will be needing a place to stay. The Westin and many other downtown hotels are sold out Saturday night. Valets are already busy taking care of cars outside. 

We spoke with several downtown restaurants, including the Barley House, about their expectations for Saturday. Most said "all hands on deck," and that they expect large crowds and have doubled staff members to handle extra customers. 

Also, consider parking. With more than 100,000 people expected to be downtown, finding a spot could be harder than you think. It's going to cost a bit more, too. 

Expect to pay between $20-30 to park near the Browns' stadium, and over by Progressive Field and the Q could be just as high. Some reported seeing parking for $50 at Horseshoe Casino.

If you have a smart phone, there are apps like BestParking and Parker than can help you find a spot, check rates, and see how far they are from your venue. can help you reserve a spot and get lower rates, and even read reviews about the lot. They have an app as well, for Android and Apple. 

Positively Cleveland also has a parking map. Click HERE

It may all seem like a hassle on the outside, but when you dig a little deeper, the revenue generated in this one night will be beneficial. 

As always, if you're out having fun downtown, send us your photos at and they could make the news, including a slideshow on our website. 

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