CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There are several ways to get to Progressive Field for the Tribe's sold-out home opener, including by car, by bike, or by rideshare, but the easiest and quickest way to get downtown may be RTA.
Tens of thousands of people will be flocking to Cleveland for Tuesday afternoon's Cleveland Indians first home game of the season. Gates to the ballpark open two hours prior to the 4:10 P.M. first pitch.
RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese said, "Just park for free at a rail station, take the train down, take the train back. It's the easiest way to see the game."
Parking at a Rapid Station is free. The transit system will be offering a $5.50 All-Day Pass, or a $5 round-trip passes at select stations to help customers enter and exit from the RTA stations more smoothly. Also, additional volunteers will be on hand at stations to assist with selling tickets.
RTA also has a mobile app, RTA CLE. The app allows passengers to purchase a pass on their phone and display it to the station attendants as they are walking through the fare gates.
Tower City is the closest station to Progressive Field. The 1,000 foot walkway that connects the Tower City station to Quicken Loans Arena, which is directly next to the baseball stadium, will be open for customers looking for direct access to the ballpark.
Just because the Indians play one home opener doesn't mean RTA won't be rider-friendly for the rest of the regular season. The transit system will have these services available for all 81 home games.