Reminder: Traffic in Downtown Cleveland is Going to Be a Nightmare this Week


  • Photo by Jacob Gedetsis
Driving in downtown Cleveland this week is going to be complete hell.

Our suggestion: Avoid it, if you can.

With the Cavs facing off against the Warriors for the third game of the Finals at home Tuesday, and the Indians squaring off against the Mariners, downtown is guaranteed to be filled with automobiles and the road-raged sports fanatics who drive them.

As an added bonus, there's plenty of construction that blocks roads and creates detours near the Q. This includes roadwork near Public Square, closings and construction near the I-71 East 9th southbound ramp and the I-77 Ontario Street southbound ramp. 

Parking garages and lots will fill up quickly, and will cut deeply into your beer budget for the night. Expect to pay upwards of $40 for a prime spot.

Parking on the street near the stadium is not an option as parking bans will go into effect starting at 4 p.m on Tuesday. No official no-parking list has been released for Tuesday’s game yet, but based on the playoff games against the Bulls these are the areas we expect fans won’t be able to park:
  • Huron Road – from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
  • Prospect Avenue – from Ontario Street To East 14th Street
  • East 9th Street – from Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
  • East 4th Street – from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road
Ditch the car and take a different mode of transportation. Here are some tips to for your trip downtown:  
  • Take the RTA. The RTA will operate Red Line trains every 15 minutes before and after the Cavs game to help accommodate fans of the Wine and Gold. All rapid lines will be open 90 minutes after the final whistle. We suggest you park at one of the many free rapid stations, buy a $5 All-Day-Pass and take the train to Tower City.

  • Grab an Uber or Lyft. Traffic will still be awful, but these hip-cab style drivers will alleviate the stress of finding parking and/or a designated driver for your trip downtown. (If you use Scene's Uber code: CLESCENE you can save $20 on your first ride with the company.)

  • If you decide to take the drive (God help your soul) get downtown early. The Cavs tip-off at 9 p.m. and the opening pitch for the Indians game is set for 7:10 p.m.. We suggest setting off for your journey by 4 p.m. to guarantee a parking spot in a garage and to alleviate some of the bumper to bumper traffic.

  • Get dad, your ex-girlfriend, or another unofficial chauffeur to drop you off and pick you up. Bribe them. Buy them beer. Do whatever it takes to avoid the cluster$@#% that will be downtown Cleveland.
We expect pretty much the same awful traffic for Thursday night's game. But the Cavs are in the NBA Finals, so who cares?

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