CLEVELAND - The City of Cleveland and the Division of Police are expecting large crowds downtown tomorrow for the Cavaliers NBA Finals game versus the San Antonio Spurs.
The "pre-party" planned to begin in the Gateway Plaza at 6:30 p.m. is expected to draw extra vehicular traffic downtown and onto the main arteries used to usher traffic out of town during rush hour.
The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic. In addition, numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.
In an effort to prevent unnecessary inconvenience to motorists, and to ensure an enjoyable experience downtown, the Cleveland Police offer the following tips:
- Utilize public transportation such as buses and the rapid transit system
- If driving is necessary or desirable plan a travel route into and out of the city and have a secondary route in mind. Whichever is preferable, arrive downtown early
- Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots - understand that the lots nearest the arena generally fill up first
- Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around the Gateway complex
In addition, the following streets will be closed to parking between 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 12 and 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13:
E.9 St. between Euclid Ave. and Carnegie Ave.
E.4 St. between Prospect Ave. and Huron Rd.
Huron Rd. between Ontario St. and Prospect Ave.
High Street between Ontario St. and E.4 St.