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Navigating Cleveland Browns Home Games: Parking, Traffic, and Tailgating Tips

Navigating Cleveland Browns Home Games: Parking, Traffic, and Tailgating Tips

Get ready, Cleveland fans! The clash of helmets and the roar of the crowd are back as the Cleveland Browns face off against the Washington Commanders on August 11, 2023, at the iconic Cleveland Browns Stadium. To ensure your game day experience is a touchdown, here’s the lowdown on parking, traffic, and some quirky tailgating rules that’ll make even the Dawg Pound proud.

Browns Game Day Road Closures 🚧

  • By 6 p.m., all highway exits around the stadium are about as open as the opposing team’s playbook.
  • Traffic around the stadium is strictly for Browns Pass holders and folks with a disability drop-off pass. It’s like a VIP lane, but for football.
  • Ramps stay closed until after the game, just like the concession stands during the action.
  • East 9th and West 3rd streets play hide and seek – they open at the game’s start and close right when the final whistle blows.
  • And remember, these closure times are as flexible as a wide receiver – subject to change by the traffic wizards at the Cleveland Division of Police Bureau of Traffic.

Parking Restrictions and Fines 🚗

  • Downtown Cleveland is all about that parking restriction life on game days. From 4 p.m. till midnight, it’s like a “no parking” party.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for signs attached to posts, poles, and parking meters – if you miss them, prepare for a not-so-sweet ticket and an impromptu towing adventure.
  • If you’re in parking purgatory, you’ll need to visit the One Stop Vehicle Impound Center, a place even harder to find than the end zone, at 3040 Quigley Road.

Municipal Lot Wisdom 🅿️

  • The East Muni Lot opens at noon; the West Muni Lot, fashionably late, arrives at 5 p.m. It’s like waiting for your team to make a comeback.
  • Tailgating tip: Arrive early to snag a spot. Otherwise, you might find yourself directed to the industrial area, which is almost as exciting as a punt.
  • Keep the streets free-flowing. No congregating on thoroughfares like East 9th Street or St. Clair Avenue. Let’s save the traffic jams for the field.

Tailgating Shenanigans 🍔

Before you grill and chill, memorize these rules faster than your favorite player’s jersey number:

  • No open pit fires. Sorry, marshmallow enthusiasts.
  • Propane grills only – charcoal is a no-go.
  • Forget about saving spaces; sharing is caring.
  • You park it, you pay for it.
  • In and out? Not for you – no privileges here.
  • Trash belongs in containers, not in the wind.
  • Leave the vandalism playbook at home.
  • Crossing the Shoreway isn’t a game-day challenge; it’s forbidden.
  • Public latrines only – sorry, no public urinations passes.
  • Keep the lanes clear; we’re aiming for tailgating, not a traffic jam.

Remember, these rules are no joke – violation might mean penalties and a trip to the tailgating bench.

Lot Operation and Fees 🚗

  • Weekend games mean the municipal lot opens at 5 a.m. Early birds catch the tailgating worm!
  • Evening games? The eastern lot opens at noon, while the western lot waits till 5 p.m. – fashionably late yet again.
  • No large vehicles (think motorhomes and RVs) before the designated times. Even tailgating has its fashion faux pas.
  • Parking costs $30 per space. Score a parking spot, pay the fee – no free rides here.
  • Leave the Shoreway clear – no vehicle pregame parties allowed.

So, Clevelanders, gear up for the gridiron showdown with these game day insights. It’s time to tackle tailgating, conquer closures, and make your parking prowess the stuff of legends. Get ready to unleash your inner Dawg Pound and show the world that Cleveland vibes are touchdown vibes!


Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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