WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Cleveland prepares for Indians postseason

Posted at 11:18 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 08:59:43-04

Indians postseason is here and the City of Cleveland along with their downtown area partners is preparing to accommodate fans and visitors from across the country.

The first game of the series featuring the Boston Red Sox begins this Thursday, October 6 at 8:08 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Before the game, here's what you need to know.

1. "No Parking" designations will be put in place to increase traffic flow: 

On Thursday the Division of Police will implement "No Parking" designations in the following areas on both sides of the street. 

  • Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East 14th Street
  • Huron Road from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
  • Bolivar Road from East 9th Street to East 14th Street
  • East 9th Street from Superior Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
  • East 4th Street from Huron Road to Prospect Avenue

2. Be cautious of counterfeit tickets: 

The City of Cleveland cautions fans from purchasing postseason tickets from individuals selling on the streets near Progressive Field or from a source besides Tickets for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series on Thursday and Friday are sold out. They also remind fans that the Indians are not responsible for tickets purchased through secondary sources that may be invalid or counterfeit.

3. Arrive early: 

Fans should allow extra time for travel in the city and plan their commute ahead of time. 

4. If you see something suspicious, say something. 

5. Ride RTA:

The RTA announced on Tuesday that they will extend service on all rail lines for the playoff games. At the request of the the Indians, the Walkway to reach Progressive Field will be open four hours before game time. Thursday the Walkway will open at 4 p.m. for the 8 p.m. game, and Friday the Walkway will open at 12:30 p.m. for the 4:30 p.m.

The Bureau of Traffic will be supplementing their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic as well as crowd control. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation also suggests that drivers download the OHGO app from the Ohio Department of Transportation to see real-time traffic speeds, hundreds of live traffic cameras, and travel delay times.