In the face of a 10,795-fan-strong and growing petition that pleads for room at FirstEnergy Stadium or Progressive Field for a Game 7 Cavs watch party, the Cleveland Indians stated Saturday morning that this is not something being considered.
When newsnet5.com asked the Cleveland Browns if it was considering the petition, though it didn't say no, it didn't say yes either. Spokesperson Dan Murphy stated Saturday, "I have not heard of any such discussion."
Fans are clambering to see the Cleveland Cavaliers play the decisive game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Sunday, with the series tied at 3-3 following the Cavs victory June 16.
The online petition went up Friday after tickets for The Quicken Loans Arena watch party went on sale at 10 a.m. for a $5 admission donation and sold out in about the same time it took American Pharoah to clinch the Triple Crown at Belmont. For the record, Pharoah ran it in 2:26.65.
After The Q's indoor tickets got sucked up, outdoor tickets went on sale Friday at 2 p.m. for a party at Gateway Plaza, between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field.
And these tickets reportedly went even faster; picture Pharoah gulping sugar cubes.
With no chairs left when the music stopped, Brad Stainbrook, the petition's author, beseeched Cleveland for more room stating, "THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN EVERYDAY CLEVELAND!!"
Even if the petition isn't granted, perhaps Stainbrook is showing the stuff that Cleveland fans are made of.
Watch party tickets can still be had on eBay from scalpers now offering them at starting bids of $50 and upwards — with fans lining up as prices escalate. The weary, however, can bypass the bidding process altogether by paying buyout prices that include $250 and $400 among others on eBay, and for $75 and $100 among others on Craigslist.