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Indians, Cavs at home will bring thousands downtown Friday

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DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A double dose of sports fans will be heading downtown on Friday, thanks to the Indians home opener and Cavs home game overlapping. That means fans trying to navigate heavy traffic and deal with pricey parking spots for fans.
 
There's no magic formula for dealing with all the headaches, but a few fans have a good plan in place.
 
Terri Bacsi said she's not worried about the crowds.
 
"Heck no. The more, the merrier," she said.
 
Bacsi booked a hotel room Thursday and Friday night.
 
"Party on!" she said with a laugh walking near Progressive Field.
 
It will be a big party. John and Linda Bielek are getting a hotel room, too. They're throwing a party for friends in what has become an annual tradition.
 
"For the past 12 years, we've been throwing an Opening Day party for everybody," John Bielek said. "Come to the room with us and have a good time."
 
"It's my holiday. It's my vacation. It's what I look forward to every year," added Linda Bielek.
 
Together, the Q and Progressive Field hold more than 60,000 fans, which will lead to all of them pouring into the city.
 
"Good. Always good. Always good to have people downtown," said Jacki Bares, as she walked near East 4th Street.
 
Crews began getting ready for the crowds on Thursday. Many parking spots will be bagged to help the traffic flow. 

Parking will be tough and prices will soar. You might consider grabbing a cab, hopping on a trolley, or riding the RTA to get to the games.
 
Asked how she's planning to get around on Friday, Bares said, "Uber or a lift, whichever is available. I'm expecting the worst, preparing for the best."

If you're going to the downtown festivities, send us your photos at pics@19actionnews.com!

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