CLEVELAND– Road closures, protest routes and pedestrian-only streets will majorly change traffic patterns in downtown Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.
A welcome event, called Rock the Night in CLE, will kick things off on July 17 at Northcoast Harbor. That means streets around the Great Lakes Science Center, FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be shut down. The Shoreway from West 45th Street to the Innerbelt ramp will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday.
The Republican National Convention Complex, or RNCC, consists of Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field and the Huntington Convention of Center of Cleveland. Most of road closures are centered around these two areas.
The RNCC is open only to those with credentials and tickets, and people are subject to thorough security screenings. Public viewing space is available in the green space on Ontario Street across from the Q.
In addition to the protest parade route down Carnegie Avenue, there are three other areas designated for demonstrators. The speakers platform is located in Public Square, while Willard Park and Perk Plaza will be home to art installations.
Media outlets are also setting up shop in Cleveland for the week. CNN rented Harry Buffalo on East Fourth Street while Twitter will work out of nearby Greenhouse Tavern.
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