DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Cleveland Tuesday night, hoping to "be a part of history."
"The city's going to be in an uproar tomorrow we got the Indians playing, we got the Cavs playing next door, it's just great for Cleveland," said Cleveland fan Tony Jones.
Jones said despite the inevitably heavy traffic, there's no way he would miss the chance to experience the energy and crowds of two major Cleveland sports events.
The City of Cleveland is planning for tens of thousands of people. The capacity for the Quicken Loans Arena is about 20,500, Progressive Field holds more than 35,000 people and the city is planning on many more people overflowing into downtown to be a part of the festivities.
"Just be patient if you do come downtown, there will also be a lot of people so take your time going to your location," said City of Cleveland spokesperson Dan Ball.
Ball, and others within the city, recommend that visitors to downtown take public transportation, car pool or take Uber to participate in the festivities.
Parking will be limited downtown, with several road closures, and the parking that is available will likely be expensive.
Despite the extensive planning, Ball said the city is excited for another opportunity to be on the world's stage.
"We're absolutely excited. All the events this year have been so great for us. The RNC, the Cavs championship run, it's great to see many people downtown, having fun, enjoying themselves out at restaurants just socializing and talking about how great Cleveland is," said Ball. "We keep trying to get more of these events. We gotta try to find our next event after baseball season wraps up. We'll keep looking to push Cleveland's name on the national and international stage just to get it out there and show people Cleveland's a great place to live."
The city's operation center will be open, and Cleveland 19 was told that people downtown Tuesday can expect to see the bike patrol unit that was dispatched for crowd control during the RNC.
Doors open at 5 pm for the Cavs, and 5:30 pm for the Indians. The city and the teams recommend getting to the events early if possible.
"The energy level it's going to be so high and I want to be a part of it this is like making history and I want to be a part of history," said Jones.
Here are the important road closures released from the city:
"In order to improve traffic flow, the Division of Police will be implementing "NO PARKING" designations in the following areas on both sides of the listed street for Game 1 and Game 2 of the World Series:
· Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East14th Street.
· Huron Road from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue.
· Bolivar Road from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
· Carnegie Avenue from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
· East 9th Street from Superior Avenue to Carnegie Avenue.
· East 4th Street from Huron Road to Prospect Avenue.
This parking ban will be in effect both Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the north side of West Huron Street will from Ontario Street to Superior Avenue from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 am both Tuesday and Wednesday. This area will be used as a vehicle d rop-off and pick-up location. Once these vehicles d rop-off they will need to exit the area and find another location to park.
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