Thinking of taking Uber for the Cavs NBA Finals games? Read this first

Posted at 6:00 AM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 06:36:57-04

As part of the Cavs excitement downtown, you can bet Uber drivers will be in the mix. We wanted to know how the city has reacted to the Uber drivers and the Finals games.

"You'll have some people who will just throw the radio on and control the stations and turn up the music," said Rich Tabor, who’s been an Uber driver for 2 1/2 years. "You always have that early 20-year-old that still doesn't know how to tip a bottle (drinks too much)."

But Tabor has been around the block.

"You know the early warning signs…you know when something's coming," he said. 

In past years, Uber drivers have had some problems during the NBA Finals.  

"You'd have to fumble around the arena especially when the games end," Tabor said.

Now, the Cavs have paired up with Uber, setting up drop-off and pick-up zones. It’s all in the name of people having a good time, coming downtown to celebrate the Cavs success, but also helping to keep the streets safe from impaired drivers, which police appreciate.  

"They know that we're there preventing them from having to do...from DUIs," said Tabor. "Cleveland Police have been great." Thankfully, Tabor has not run into any crazy problems and his riders “respect” his car.

Uber drivers in our area are connected through Facebook, keeping up with best routes and what's happening on the streets.

"We tell each other these things (new routes or mapping apps) and it helps each other out,” Tabor explained.

It’s sort of communicating like the players do on the court, drawing up plays for the night, and rolling towards one goal.

"Just remember, treat your drivers good because they're the ones taking you home," laughed Tabor.

The partnership of Uber and the Cavs started in January. And if you're looking to save some cash, they're offering $15 off your first Uber ride. Check it out.