Cleveland Browns first home game of season: What you need to know

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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Browns’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Here are a few things you may need to know if you’re going to FirstEnergy Stadium or simply heading downtown:

Transportation:

Leave early. With tons of road closures downtown and the Indians’ first pitch against the White Sox at 1:10 p.m., there is potential for backups.

Public Square remains closed and there are lane restrictions on the Shoreway.

To avoid the traffic, the RTA red line takes riders along the lake to the West Third Street Station, across the street from FirstEnergy Stadium. An all-day pass is $5. (More on RTA routes and schedules here)

Parking:

The Willard Parking Garage is now reserved for season-ticket holders and team employees. But the city-owned muni lot will open at 7 a.m. and spots cost $25. (See a list of muni lot rules here)

The North Port Lot and Dock 32 are only for fans with passes or ADA needs.

Dawg Pound Drive:

The party starts three hours before kickoff in front of the stadium. Fans will find food trucks, games and the team mascot Swagger. The event is free and open to fans with or without tickets to the game.

Bag policy:

The NFL’s “All Clear” bag policy will be in effect at FirstEnergy Stadium. Fans are allowed to bring in one clear, plastic bag that measures no bigger 12″ by 6″ by 12″ or a small clutch.

(Photo courtesy: Cleveland Browns)

(Photo courtesy: Cleveland Browns)

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