Browns, Indians and Paul McCartney concert expected to congest downtown roadways

Posted at 12:12 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 19:04:29-04

The City of Cleveland is advising residents to prepare for heavy traffic around downtown Thursday night as the city hosts multiple events at the three stadiums. 

The Cleveland Indians host the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. The game will begin with the first pitch at 7:10 p.m. Paul McCartney is performing in concert at Quicken Loans Arena, and the event will begin around 8 p.m. Finally, the Cleveland Browns host the Atlanta Falcons for their preseason home opener at 8 p.m. 

In addition to the flurry of events, the Lakefront West Project along West Shoreway is ongoing. Beginning Aug. 15 the Shoreway eastbound entrance and exit ramps at West 45th Street closed for 120 days.  Drivers will be detoured via the Shoreway eastbound to West 25th Street to Detroit Avenue to West 45th Street.  West 45th Street drivers will be detoured via West 49th Street to the Shoreway west to Edgewater Drive to the Shoreway east.

Browns fans are also expected to take to the city's Municipal Lot to tailgate before the preseason home opener. Fans are allowed into the lot at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m., depending on where in the lot they want to be. 

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The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is advising visitors and residents use this resource to find parking downtown. DCA Ambassadors are also available to help with lock-outs or flat tires and can be reached at 216-621-6000. 

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is planning to ramp up its rail service for the evening. It will be offering extra train transport before and after each game and the concert. The organization is telling anyone riding the rail to park at any Rapid Station, purchase a $5.50 All-Day Pass and take the line into Tower City Station.

There are no road closures, but there are parking restrictions in place, according to the city. No parking is permitted along East 9th Street, Huron Road, Lakeside Avenue and West 3rd Street. Signage will be in place to indicate the parking restrictions. The city is also warning drivers that the East 9th Street exit ramps will be closed at the end of the Browns game.

If you can't watch the game in person, you can stream it on NFL Game Pass or watch on NewsChannel5. The game will also be broadcast on 92.3 The Fan, ESPN 850 WKNR and 98.5 WNCX. Pregame coverage begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN 850 WKNR and postgame coverage can be heard on 92.3 The Fan.

Fans can also listen online at and the Browns mobile app.