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CLEVELAND -- The countdown is on for Saturday's preseason Browns game at First Energy Stadium. If you're going to the game or plan to tailgate, there are some changes you'll need to know.

First on the list is the pedestrian bridge. For all ten home games, its helped transport thousands upon thousands of fans from the Willard Parking Garage to the stadium. But the gates are now locked.

"They should never do that. It's messed up. That's the way to get to the game," said fan Ron Calhoun.

The city says the change will improve traffic flow and give fans a safer route that does not involve crossing the ramp to the Shoreway. They've come up with alternative ways to walk to the stadium, but none are a direct route.

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"I think we'll soon find out what a pain it is. There is not much we can do if the city is going to shut it down. It is a headache for fans because we do use it a lot," said fan John Adkins.

The second area we looked at is tailgating. Police want to remind fans that there is no tailgating in the Willard parking garage.

However, it will continue in the Muni Lot but it won't open until 7 a.m. on game days, and you aren't allowed to line-up or stage on the Shoreway before game time. Also, no open containers are allowed.

The last area we looked at is multi-million dollar video display board and other stadium improvements. The Browns say all major construction will be completed by Thursday. Fans say they're excited to see the changes, but fans keep returning to that closed pedestrian bridge.

"Bad idea to do that. Don't do that Cleveland," said Calhoun.

"It's very inconvenient for us so don't shut us down," said Adkins.

Fans who don't know about the changes are going to be surprised. For those who do know, they plan to wear comfortable walking shoes for their long hike.

READ MORE: Big changes coming for all Browns home games

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