ID=3637201AKRON -- If you're heading to the Akron-Canton area Saturday morning, you might want to allow some extra time for travel.

Digital signs along I-77 are already directing traffic for the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Now add the 25,000 fans expected at Browns Family Day at InfoCision Stadium. Plus another 18,000 at the John S. Knight Center for a Kids Expo.

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And don't forget the 200,000 football fans, like who will line the streets of Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade.

Sal Fata came from New York and already secured his parking spot.

"It's convenient for us to go right around the corner to get to the Hall of Fame and without the hassle of fighting the parking in the big lot," said Sal.

In Akron, police will add eight officers and two supervisors to help university police keep traffic flowing. The tricky part could be Route 8 heading both north and south.


"Crazy! It's going to be crazy," said Keith Dobbins with Downtown Akron Partnership.

Dobbins says parking will be tight. The University is making 20 parking lots available for $10 per car.

But the city is offering free parking at six of its garages and free meters starting Friday night. It might be a traffic headache, but it's also a sign of growth.

"Downtown Akron is revitalizing itself, renaming itself. It's getting bigger and it's expanding. Everything and every little bit helps. It's really good for Akron," said Dobbins.

If you need to be escorted to your car, or you have car trouble - maybe you locked yourself out or run out of gas - Akron is prepared.

You can call 330-706-7383 to get free assistance.

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