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Traveling to Tower City on Indians Opening Day

April 01, 2019   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Festival Events


The Cleveland International Film Festival has completed its first weekend this year, and we still have a full week to go! As the work week starts up again, we thought it would be a good idea to alert festival-goers to some important things to keep in mind for the days ahead, especially today!

The Cleveland Indians are hosting their Home Opener today at 4:10 p.m. This means that, in addition to the usual business traffic that you are likely to encounter on a weekday, you will be dealing with an influx of baseball fans from the early afternoon onward. We have been told to expect Tower City’s parking to fill up by 10 am, and warned that Tower City’s nearby lots will likely fill up quickly as well. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly, especially if you’re coming down for a movie this evening. Here are a few suggestions:

1. If you’re driving, give yourself extra time. Maybe a trip downtown normally only takes you 20 minutes, but the roads may be more congested and parking may take longer. You may also need to park further away than you’re accustomed to, so it may take longer for you to walk from your car to the theaters.

2. Have a few back-up plans for parking. Just in case the lot you normally park in is full, it’s a really good idea to have a plan of where else you can go. RTA has a great map of locations where you can park your car and then ride into Tower City in comfort. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance also provides parking information about areas somewhat away from Tower City.

3. Ride in on RTA! RTA tends to have added bus and train lines scheduled on game days, to accommodate the crowds. The blue, green, and red lines will all take you directly into Tower City. Plan on packed trains if you come that way, but it is definitely the easiest way to get to and from Tower City on game days.

4. Plan your exit strategy. Baseball games tend to last an average of three hours. That means that we should expect the Opener to let out sometime after 7:00 PM. If you’re leaving the cinemas around then, you will have a lot of heavy traffic to deal with. Check the CIFF schedule; there may be another movie starting around then that you could enjoy while you wait for the roads to clear. If that’s when you’re planning on arriving at Tower City, you’ll really want to make sure you have a plan in place; the roads may be clogged with the baseball crowd leaving downtown at the same time.

5. Plan for the next games, too! This is going to be a busy baseball week at Progressive Field, so here’s a quick glance at the Indians’ home schedule for the week:

  • Wednesday, April 3 – 1:10 p.m.– Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Thursday, April 4 – 6:10 p.m.– Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Friday, April 5 – 7:10 p.m.– Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Saturday, April 6 – 4:10 p.m.– Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Sunday, April 7 – 1:10 p.m.– Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians, and in addition,
  • Sunday, at 3:00 p.m.– San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena

Don’t let any of that dissuade you from coming to join us! A little careful planning is all it takes to make sure that you don’t miss a beat. Indians and Cavs fans: if you don’t want to idle in your cars after the game, waiting to move a few feet every 10 minutes, we have a great lineup of evening films that can keep you entertained. Check out the CIFF schedule.

Enjoy the shows!

—Lara Klaber
Photo by Timothy Smith.

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