Heads up! What you need to know before heading downtown for Cavs home opener

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CLEVELAND- Heading downtown to see the beginning of the epic Cavs' season this Thursday?

If so, the City of Cleveland, along with Cleveland police, want to give you a heads up on what to expect.

One of the biggest things to expect is large crowds, and that could mean some traffic delays.

Police say because construction on East 9th St. is making travel slow, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes like East 22nd St. (to St. Clair or Lakeside) or Ontario (to Huron to West 9th St.)

Police also want to let people know that there will be no parking on East 9th St., Prospect Ave. from Ontario St. to East 14th St. and Huron Rd. from Ontario St. to Prospect Ave.

Police offer the following tips, as well:

    • Arrive downtown early
    • Utilize public transportation such as buses and the rapid transit system (*See more information on RTA below*)
    •  If driving is necessary or desirable plan a travel route into and out of the city and have a secondary route in mind
    •  Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots nearest the arena generally fill up first
    •  Abide by parking prohibitions
    •  Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around the Q Arena.

RTA is offering an option. It says beginning at 4 p.m., Thursday, RTA will operate rush-hour service on all rail lines. Additional trains will be made available before and after the game.

RTA says customers can park for free in the more than 7,000 spaces at the RTA rail stations and take the Red, Blue or Green lines to the Tower City Station.

*CLICK for more information*

On Tuesday, workers were busy at the Q, hanging giant banners of the Cavs' players. The artwork will stretch around the arena.

Be sure to tune to FOX 8 News in the morning Thursday for our LIVE coverage from the Q. We will have one-on-one interviews with coach David Blatt and Kyrie Irving.


FOX 8 will take you behind-the-scenes to the Cavs training facility and Wayne, Stefani and Kristi also take to the court to show off their basketball skills.

All the fun kicks off Thursday morning at 6 a.m. LIVE from the Q and the excitement continues the rest of the day as we count down to the home opener!

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