I'm sure the intentions were good when it was decided to put what is now known as the Quicken Loans Arena directly across the street from what is now known as Progressive Field, but anyone that's been caught downtown when the Cavs and the Indians are playing on the same night can attest to the proverbial nightmare that is trying to find parking for a reasonable price.
Tomorrow this all comes to a head when the Indians play the Milwaukee Brewers for a 1:10 p.m. day game and the Cleveland Cavaliers welcome the Golden State Warriors for Game 3 of the NBA Finals at 9 p.m.
The Q is currently under massive renovations
, clogging up traffic regardless if its game day or not due to the limited lane roads surrounding the arena. In addition, most of Bolivar Road is currently jammed with press satellites, audio/visual technical equipment and TV station trucks, pushing some of the congestion onto East 9th Street.
Due to the increased amount of people coming downtown tomorrow, the City of Cleveland will have heightened security measures around the Q, so anticipate delays to and from the venue.
Starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, parking restrictions
go into effect, so anyone looking to catch either game should plan accordingly.
There will be "NO PARKING"
signs posted at the following locations:
- Huron Road – from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue and from West 6th Street to Ontario Street
- Prospect Avenue – from Ontario Street to East 14th Street and from Ontario Street to West 6th Street
- East 9th Street – from Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
- East 4th Street – from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road
- East 2nd Street – from High Street to Prospect Avenue
- Erie Court – between East 9th Street and East 14th Street
These parking restrictions will also be in effect at 4 p.m. on Friday when the Cavaliers host Game 4, a match that will either keep us pushing for #WhateverItTakes or inspire all of us to drink until we can't feel the pain anymore.
To make your downtown Cleveland experience more enjoyable, make sure to arrive early and plan your commute beforehand. Doors for the Q will open at 7 p.m. for ticket holders for both Game 3 and Game 4, and the free FanFest will be available outside the Q two and a half hours before tip-off.
For those hoping to avoid the existential turmoil that is driving around Cleveland before succumbing to the $20 parking garage fees, take the RTA.
Almost all of the RTA rapid stations offer free parking and you can use RTA’s mobile ticketing app to buy a $5.50 All-Day-Pass and take the train to Tower City Station for an easy walk to the Q through the enclosed Walkway near the Tower City food court.
Walkways opens three hours before each game. Commemorative $5 cash, round-trip tickets will be sold at Brookpark, Puritas, Triskett, Tower City Light Rail and Lou Stokes-Windermere Stations. All rapid lines will be in use for one hour after the game ends.