CLEVELAND – Saturday night is scheduled to be one of the biggest nights in Cleveland sports in a long time and as of 7:00 a.m., fans were already tailgating for the thrilling trifecta.
· Houston Astro's are coming to Progressive Field to take on the Cleveland Indians at 7:05 p.m.
· The St. Louis Rams are visiting the Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium at 8:00 p.m.
· The Arizona Rattlers play the Cleveland Gladiators at Quicken Loans Arena for the Arena Bowl Championship Game at 8:00 p.m.
While the briskets are already on the grill, for the fans tailgating at the municipal lot, it's more about supporting their teams. There will be more than 100,000 people downtown between the three stadiums. While fans will have to make a choice as to which game they attend, for Adam Zaleho, it was simple.
"I love the Indians and I'm still with the Indians but it's Browns season," he said. "It's a Browns town and it always has been."
But they now have serious competition. Not just with the Indians but now the Cavs are relevant again with a new big three in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. And if the Gladiators win their championship game Saturday night, they could potentially be the trigger that starts what fans are calling "Comeback City."
Cleveland Police say they are already prepping for tonight with increased patrols and traffic control officers to guide the traffic flow.
They also gave us several tips for attending those games:
· Arrive downtown early
· 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
· Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots nearest the ballpark generally fill up first
· Abide by parking prohibitions (street parking is illegal on streets adjacent to Progressive Field before, during and immediately after each game)
· Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around Progressive Field and First Energy Stadium