Cleveland preparing for electric sports night

Cleveland prepares for electric Tuesday night

The city of Cleveland is buzzing, alive with anticipation and hope.

It's a vibe that Northeast Ohioans are starting to get familiar with.  

Tuesday, the city will host Game 1 of the World Series as well as the Cavaliers' opening night game, featuring the presentation of the championship rings and the raising of the NBA title banner to the rafters of the Q.

On East 4th Street, there was already an excitement in the air on Monday night.

WKYC Channel 3's Dawn Kendrick spoke to several fans, including Pepper Pike's Cherie Dubyak.  She told Dawn, "I'm born and raised a Clevelander.  My Dad is too. We are just thrilled and have a lot of Cubs fans and family in Chicago and can't wait to stick it to them."

The national media was making their way into town as well.  

Nelson Durfree works for ESPN's SportsCenter On The Road.  "I was here in 1997.  Look at this.  Look at thisl Did it look anything like this in 1997?  No!  The 4th Street entertainment district is great.  The fan base in Cleveland is great, too."

NBC will be broadcasting "The Today Show" live from the Winking Lizard on Tuesday morning.  

"Being in Cleveland was a no-brainer for us," says producer Joshua Janiak.  "We saw how excited the fans were. Cleveland has the most momentum of any city right now.  The momentum of LeBron and the title and the finish. To carry that through to October that's something we want to capture."

 


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