Freedom Plaza opens between The Q and Progressive

Space used to celebrate RNC
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jul 15, 2016

As Cleveland transforms to host the Republican National Convention, it will begin to utilize public space in unique and innovative ways. 

The space between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field on East 6th, formerly known as Gateway Plaza, will become Freedom Plaza for the duration of the RNC.

The newly dubbed Freedom Plaza will host four days of events, known as "Salute to America." Regional cuisine, music and beer will be the featured attractions. "Salute to America" and Freedom Plaza have been paid for by the Committee on Arrangements for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

"Cleveland has become home for our Convention staff for nearly two years, and we are excited to share the experiences we've enjoyed with the guests coming for the 2016 Republican National Convention," Convention CEO Jeff Larson said.  "The Convention is a time of celebration for the Republican party and the Freedom Plaza will help us bring lasting memories to the 2016 Convention."

Multiple performers will be featured each day of the convention: 

  • Monday, July 18th - Swon Brothers/Hope Country
  • Tuesday, July 19th - Super Diamond/Dave Fenley
  • Wednesday, July 20th - Lee Brice/Jordy Searcy
  • Thursday, July 21st - Hope Country/The Sensations 

Freedom Plaza will be open before and after the performances. The following hours are subject to change: 

  • Monday, July 18th - 11 AM - 1 PM and 11 PM - 1 AM
  • Tuesday, July 19th - 2:30 - 5:30 PM and 11 PM - 1 AM
  • Wednesday, July 20th - 4 - 7 PM and 11 PM - 1 AM
  • Thursday, July 21st - 4:30 - 7:30 PM and 11 PM - 1 AM

Food and drink will be provided by businesses based around Ohio. Del's Catering will provide classic Americana cuisine including cheeseburgers, pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. Marigold Catering will provide food in the Midwest tent, the Southern tent and the East Meets West tent. Each will feature a different kind of cuisine special to the represented region. 

Craft beer will be available from Brooklyn Brewery, Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog and Market Garden breweries. Wine will be provided by Dark Horse and Covey Run wineries.