Last night, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire took to the turf at Browns Stadium for a little fun with our United States Marine Corps friends. The flag football game was part of Marine Week in Cleveland and was free and open to the public. A good time was had by all, and though Cleveland’s first responders won 28-0, it was easy to see that winning wasn’t everything.
The game, like much of Marine Week in Cleveland, was a tremendous partnership in action. The camaraderie and respect was palpable, and there’s no doubt that a sense of pride and community filled the stadium. The diverse crowd filled a respectable portion of the north side of the stadium and was rallied by that one guy who so graciously started chants and removed his shirt for laughing, cheering fans. The Marine Corps Base Quantico Band shared a meaningful yet spectacular performance complete with a reenactment of the flag raising at Iwo Jima.
Marine Week 2012 is set to invade the City of Cleveland the week of June 11-17th. Large crowds are expected downtown as people come to see the Marines in action and view the many displays around the area. Add to that the excitement of our brand new Horseshoe Casino and the pride of the CLE, our Cleveland Indians, and you get…a LOT of people downtown.
With some consideration and planning, we can work together to alleviate the headaches that come with traffic jams. Consider public transportation as an easy alternative to driving and parking your own vehicle. Our partners at RTA have increased the accessibility of their services in response to Marine Week including the activation of the Waterfront Line for the entire week.
Don’t be surprised, be prepared and be aware:
Public Square: The interior portion of Public Square will be closed for placement of the USMC’s static displays. Traffic will be averted around the square with signs posted.
When leaving downtown, consider alternate routes. Add a few miles and save a few minutes by going around or away from the congested roads. Try to avoid Ontario and East 9th Street. Suggested alternatives:
WEST-SIDERS: Take Superior westbound to West 25th Street (Detroit Superior bridge), go south to access I-71or I-90.
EAST-SIDERS: Take Superior eastbound to East 26th Street to access I-71 or I-90.