HOUSTON -- The Indians are planning for a sold-out crowd for Friday's home opener at Progressive Field, and the city of Cleveland is expecting a hectic day downtown.
Not only are the Indians opening their home slate with a 4:10 p.m. ET tilt against Detroit, but the Cavs will be taking on the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena next door at 7:30 p.m. Combined with constuction in and around Public Square, the city of Cleveland will have some lane restrictions and no-parking designations in certain areas to help traffic flow.
"This will be an exciting and bustling time in downtown throughout the day and night," James Muhic, Cleveland's commissioner of traffic, said in a press release. "Our priority is to get everyone safely to their destination, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that happens."
The following areas will have no-parking restrictions in place on Friday:
• East 9th Street -- Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
• Huron Road -- Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
• Prospect Avenue -- Ontario Street to East 14th Street
• Erie Court -- East 9th Street to East 14th Street
• Sumner Court -- East 9th Street to East 14th Street
• East 4th Street -- Huron Road to Prospect Avenue
• East 2nd Street -- High Street to Prospect Avenue
• Bolivar Road -- East 9th St to East 7th Street
• East 6th Street -- Prospect Avenue to Eagle Avenue
RTA and trolleys downtown can help provide alternate transportation options for fans flocking to Cleveland for Friday's festivities. Those heading to the city are encouraged to arrive early for the events. The gates to Progressive Field will open at 2 p.m. ET in advance of Cleveland's divisional clash with the Tigers.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.