Gay Games 9, presented by the Cleveland Foundation
Welcome to Cleveland & Akron

We are a community that offers a dynamic mix of old and new, both in our architecture and our transportation. From the free vintage trolleys that go everywhere downtown, to the state-of-the-art bus rapid transit HealthLine that operates 24/7, you see the best of Northeast Ohio on public transit.

It’s easy to be car-free in Cleveland. Just hop aboard. If you flew in to Hopkins International Airport, you saw the Rapid trains ready to whisk you away to downtown.

From Public Square, use the trolleys to enjoy the lakefront, visit Playhouse Square, or sample the many fine restaurants and night spots.

Board the HealthLine to take you to Cleveland State, Case Western Reserve University, or the world-class museums in University Circle.

Ride the Rapid to experience Little Italy, Shaker Square, and so many other areas that makes Cleveland unique.

To the south, Akron has no end of delights to keep you entertained. Refuel with a famous Luigi’s pizza between events, take in the sights and sounds of great Metro Parks, shop your way through boutiques or dance the night away at Adams Street. Want world-class culture? Visit the Akron Art Museum, or catch one of the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s free outdoor concerts. How about a walk on the wild side? Lounge with lions at the Akron Zoo. Or, head to the trendy Highland Square neighborhood to catch live, local music in one of its many pubs.

Discover all Akron has to offer on Akron METRO RTA. The Loop, METRO’s free bus route, serves downtown Akron and the Zoo.

Enjoy our area, and promise us that you’ll come back.

Venues

Events

Accreditation/Badge pick-up
Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line TrolleyC-Line Trolley (after 7:00pm)
John S. Knight Center, 77 E Mill St, Akron
Served by: Akron-Cleveland shuttle to City Centre Hotel (20 W Mill St), then walk two blocks east
Band Concert
State Theater, 1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline
Chorus Concert
State Theater, 1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline
Closing Ceremony
Mall C, Cleveland
Served by:
Festival Village
Mall C, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line Trolley, C-Line Trolley (after 7:00pm)
Opening Ceremony
Quicken Loans Arena, One Center Court, Cleveland
Served by: all trolleys, walk south from trolley stop at Tower City, or walk through Tower City via the Walkway to Gateway on the first floor near the food court
Pink Flamingo
Cleveland State University - Busbey Natatorium, 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line TrolleyHealthline

Sports

Aquatics - Diving
Cleveland State University - Busbey Natatorium, 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline
Aquatics - Open Water Swim
Cleveland Mteroparks Lakefront Reservation, Edgewater Park, Cleveland
Served by: private shuttle
Aquatics - Swimming
Cleveland State University - Busbey Natatorium, 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline
Aquatics - Water Polo
Case Western Reserve University - Veale Natatorium, 2138 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland
Served by: Healthline, Red Line
Badminton
Case Western Reserve University - Veale Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland
Served by: Healthline, Red Line
Basketball
Cleveland State University - Woodling Gymnasium, 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline
Beach Volleyball
Whiskey Island - Wendy Park, Edgewater Beach, Cleveland
Served by: private shuttle
Billiards
Dave & Busters , 25735 First St, Westlake
Served by: Red Line to private shuttle
Bodybuilding
Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line Trolley, C-Line Trolley (after 7:00pm)
Bowling
The Game at Wickliffe, 28801 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe
Served by: Laketran bus from Convention Center
 View shuttle schedule
Superior & W 3 Lakeside & Convention Center Depart Freeway Lanes
7:30am 7:35am 11:00am
7:45am 7:50am 12:00pm
8:00am 8:05am 12:30pm
8:15am 8:20am 1:00pm
8:30am 8:35am 2:00pm
8:45am 8:50am 2:15pm
9:00am 9:05am 2:45pm
9:15am 9:20am 3:00pm
9:30am 9:35am 3:15pm
9:45am 9:50am 3:30pm
10:00am 10:05am 3:45pm
12:00pm 12:05pm 4:00pm
1:00pm 1:05pm 4:15pm
    4:30pm
    5:00pm
    5:30pm
    6:00pm
Sunday (private shuttle)
12:00pm 12:05pm 5:30pm
Cheer
Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line Trolley
Cycling - Criterium
Detroit Rd & West Clifton Blvd, Cleveland
Served by: private shuttle
Cycling - Individual and Team Time Trial
Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, Valley Parkway, Rocky River
Served by: Red Line to private shuttle
Cycling - Road Race / Circuit Race
Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation, Valley Parkway, Brecksville
Served by: private shuttle from Convention Center
Cycling - Mountain Biking
Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, Valley Parkway, Berea
Served by: private shuttle from Convention Center
Dance Sport
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland
Served by: nearly all RTA rail and bus routes, as the hotel is part of Tower City Center, which is also Cleveland's transit hub
Darts
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland
Served by: nearly all RTA rail and bus routes, as the hotel is part of Tower City Center, which is also Cleveland's transit hub
Figure Skating
Serpentini Arena, 14740 Lakewood Hts Blvd, Lakewood
Served by: Red Line to Triskett Rapid Station to private shuttle
 View shuttle schedule
Date Leaving Triskett Rapid Station, half-hourly: Leaving Serpentini Arena, half-hourly:
Sun., Aug. 10 From 1:00pm until 5:30pm From 1:15pm until 5:45pm
Mon., Aug. 11 From Noon until 5:00pm From 12:15pm until 5:15pm
Tues., Aug. 12 From 8:30am until 5:00pm From 8:45am until 5:15pm
Wed., Aug. 13 From 8:30am until 5:00pm From 8:45am until 5:15pm
Thu., Aug 14 From 12:30pm until 10:00pm From 12:45pm until 10:15pm
Flag Football
Barton - Bradley Fields, North Olmsted
Served by: Red Line to private shuttle
Golf
Firestone Country Club, 452 E Warner Rd, Akron
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle from Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center
 View shuttle schedule
Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron Firestone Country Club
6:00am 6:20am
7:00am 7:30am
Firestone Country Club Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
2:00pm 2:20pm
2:50pm 3:10pm
3:40pm 4:00pm
Ice Hockey
OBM Arena, 15281 Royalton Rd, Strongsville
Served by: Red Line to private shuttle
Marathon (Half and Full)
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St, Akron
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to City Centre Hotel, then walk one block east and two blocks south
Martial Arts
John S. Knight Center, 77 E Mill St, Akron
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to City Centre Hotel, then two blocks east
Powerlifting
Old School Iron Gym, 5139 W 140 St, Brook Park
Served by: Red Line to West Park Rapid Station, #83 bus to Brookpark & W 130, walk west on Brookpark to W 140, turn left on W 140, gym is on left (total walk is about 0.7 miles, or 15 minutes)
Racquetball
Case Western Reserve University - Veale Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland
Served by: Red Line, Healthline
Rainbow Run
Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 E 9 St, Cleveland
Served by: Waterfront Line, L-Line Trolley
Road Race (5K)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Served by: #20 bus, #35 bus, private shuttle
Road Race (10K)
Botzum Trailhead (start), Mustil Shore Trailhead (finish), Riverview Rd, Cuyahoga Falls
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to City Centre Hotel, follow signs
Rock Climbing
Kendall Cliffs, 60 Kendall Park Rd, Peninsula
Served by: private shuttle
Rowing
Cleveland Metroparks Rivergate Park, Newburgh Heights
Served by: private shuttle
Sailing
Edgewater Yacht Club, 6700 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland
Served by: private shuttle
Soccer
Copley Road Soccer Complex, 1806 Copley Rd, Akron
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center, transfer to soccer shuttle
 View shuttle schedule
Depart Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron Arrive Copley Road Soccer Complex Depart Copley Road Soccer Complex Arrive Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
7:00am 7:15am 7:20am 7:35am
7:40am 7:55am 8:00am 8:15am
8:20am 8:35am 8:40am 8:55am
9:00am 9:15am 9:20am 9:35am
9:40am 9:55am 10:00am 10:15am
10:20am 10:35am 10:40am 10:55am
11:00am 11:15am 11:20am 11:35am
11:40am 11:55am 12:00pm 12:15pm
12:20pm 12:35pm 12:40pm 12:55pm
1:00pm 1:15pm 1:20pm 1:35pm
1:40pm 1:55pm 2:00pm 2:15pm
2:20pm 2:35pm 2:40pm 2:55pm
3:00pm 3:15pm 3:20pm 3:35pm
3:40pm 3:55pm 4:00pm 4:15pm
4:20pm 4:35pm 4:40pm 4:55pm
5:00pm 5:15pm 5:20pn 5:35pm
5:40pm 5:55pm 6:00pm 6:15pm
6:20pm 6:35pm 6:40pm 6:55pm
Softball
multiple fields
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center, transfer to softball shuttle
Squash
Case Western Reserve University - Veale Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland
Served by: Healthline, Red Line
Tennis
Cleveland State University - Malaga Complex, E 21 & Chester, Cleveland
Served by: E-Line Trolley, Healthline

Highland Heights Community Park, 5827 Highland Rd, Highland Hts
Served by: private shuttle

Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Cleveland
Served by: private shuttle

Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike
Served by: private shuttle

Transportation between venues will be provided for participants.

Table Tennis
Cleveland Convention Center - Hall A, 300 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line Trolley
Track & Field
University of Akron, 302 E Buchtel Ave, Akron
Served by: Akron Metro shuttle to Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center, transfer to Akron Metro #2 bus to 322 East Exchange St, directly across from Lee R. Jackson Track Complex 
Triathlon
East 9th Pier (Voinovich Park), E 9 St, Cleveland
Served by: L-Line Trolley
Volleyball
Cleveland Convention Center, Halls B & C, 300 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
Served by: B-Line Trolley, C-Line Trolley (after 7:00pm)
Wrestling
Case Western Reserve University -  Horsburgh Gymnasium (inside Veale Center), 2138 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland
Served by: Healthline, Red Line

 

Akron-Cleveland Shuttle
 View Saturday, August 9 schedule
Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron City Centre Hotel Fairlawn - Hilton Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Independence - Marriott Quicken Loans Arena
3:45pm 3:50pm 4:08pm 4:14pm 4:49pm 5:10pm
4:45pm 4:48pm 5:06pm 5:13pm 5:48pm 6:10pm

Quicken Loans Arena Independence - Marriott Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Fairlawn - Hilton City Centre Hotel Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
10:30pm 10:45pm 11:12pm 11:21pm 11:42pm 11:51pm

 

 View Sunday, August 10 schedule
Cleveland Convention Center Public Square - Cleveland Independence - Marriott Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Fairlawn - Hilton City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
10:15am 10:18am 10:30am 11:00am 11:09am 11:30am 11:40am
11:15am 11:18am 11:30am 12:00pm 12:09pm 12:30pm 12:40pm
12:15pm 12:18pm 12:30pm 1:00pm 1:09pm 1:30pm 1:40pm
1:15pm 1:18pm 1:30pm 2:00pm 2:09pm 2:30pm 2:40pm
2:15pm 2:18pm 2:30pm 3:00pm 3:09pm 3:30pm 3:40pm
3:15pm 3:18pm 3:30pm 4:00pm 4:09pm 4:30pm 4:40pm
4:15pm 4:18pm 4:30pm 5:00pm 5:09pm 5:30pm 5:40pm
5:15pm 5:18pm 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:09pm 6:30pm 6:40pm
6:15pm 6:18pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:09pm 7:30pm 7:40pm
7:15pm 7:18pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:09pm 8:30pm 8:40pm
8:15pm 8:18pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:09pm 9:30pm 9:40pm
9:15pm 9:18pm 9:30pm 10:00pm 10:09pm 10:30pm 10:40pm
10:15pm 10:18pm 10:30pm 11:00pm 11:09pm 11:30pm 11:40pm
11:15pm 11:18pm 11:30pm 12:00am 12:09am 12:30am 12:40am
12:15am 12:18am 12:30am 1:00am 1:09am 1:30am 1:40am

Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Fairlawn - Hilton Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Indpendence - Marriott Public Square - Cleveland Cleveland Convention Center
11:45am 11:50am 12:08pm 12:14pm 12:39pm 1:07pm 1:10pm
12:45pm 12:48pm 1:06pm 1:13pm 1:36pm 2:07pm 2:10pm
1:45pm 1:48pm 2:06pm 2:13pm 2:36pm 3:07pm 3:10pm
2:45pm 2:48pm 3:06pm 3:13pm 3:36pm 4:07pm 4:10pm
3:45pm 3:48pm 4:06pm 4:13pm 4:36pm 5:07pm 5:10pm
4:45pm 4:48pm 5:06pm 5:13pm 5:36pm 6:07pm 6:10pm
5:45pm 5:48pm 6:06pm 6:13pm 6:36pm 7:07pm 7:10pm
6:45pm 6:48pm 7:06pm 7:13pm 7:36pm 8:07pm 8:10pm
7:45pm 7:48pm 8:06pm 8:13pm 8:36pm 9:07pm 9:10pm
8:45pm 8:48pm 9:06pm 9:13pm 9:36pm 10:07pm 10:10pm
9:45pm 9:48pm 10:06pm 10:13pm 10:36pm 11:07pm 11:10pm
10:45pm 10:48pm 11:06pm 11:13pm 11:36pm 12:07am 12:10am

 

 View weekday schedule
Cleveland Convention Center Public Square - Cleveland Independence - Marriott Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Fairlawn - Hilton City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
6:15am 6:18am 6:30am 7:00am 7:09am 7:30am 7:50am
7:15am 7:18am 7:30am 8:00am 8:09am 8:30am 8:50am
8:15am 8:18am 8:30am 9:00am 9:09am 9:30am 9:50am
9:15am 9:18am 9:30am 10:00am 10:09am 10:30am 10:50am
10:15am 10:18am 10:30am 11:00am 11:09am 11:30am 11:50am
11:15am 11:18am 11:30am 12:00pm 12:09pm 12:30pm 12:50pm
12:15pm 12:18pm 12:30pm 1:00pm 1:09pm 1:30pm 1:50pm
1:15pm 1:18pm 1:30pm 2:00pm 2:09pm 2:30pm 2:50pm
2:15pm 2:18pm 2:30pm 3:00pm 3:09pm 3:30pm 3:50pm
3:15pm 3:18pm 3:30pm 4:00pm 4:09pm 4:30pm 4:50pm
4:15pm 4:18pm 4:30pm 5:00pm 5:09pm 5:30pm 5:50pm
5:15pm 5:18pm 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:09pm 6:30pm 6:50pm
6:15pm 6:18pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:09pm 7:30pm 7:50pm
7:15pm 7:18pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:09pm 8:30pm 8:50pm
8:15pm 8:18pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:09pm 9:30pm 9:50pm
9:15pm 9:18pm 9:30pm 10:00pm 10:09pm 10:30pm 10:50pm
10:15pm 10:18pm 10:30pm 11:00pm 11:09pm 11:30pm 11:50pm
11:15pm 11:18pm 11:30pm 12:00am 12:09am 12:30am 12:50am
BELOW TRIP ONLY ON THURSDAY, AUG 14 & FRIDAY, AUG 15
12:15am 12:18am 12:30am 1:00am 1:09am 1:30am 1:50am

Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Fairlawn - Hilton Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Independence - Marriott Public Square - Cleveland Cleveland Convention Center
7:45am 7:50am 8:08am 8:14am 8:39am 9:07am 9:10am
8:45am 8:50am 9:08am 9:14am 9:39am 10:07am 10:10am
9:45am            
10:45am            
11:45am            
12:45pm            
1:45pm            
2:45pm            
3:45pm            
4:45pm            
5:45pm            
6:45pm            
7:45pm            
8:45pm            
BELOW TRIP ONLY ON MONDAY, AUG 11
9:00pm 9:05pm 9:23pm 9:29pm 9:54pm 10:22pm 10:25pm
BELOW TRIP ONLY ON THURSDAY, AUG 14 & FRIDAY, AUG 15
9:45pm 9:50pm 10:08pm 10:14pm 10:39pm 11:07pm 11:10pm
BELOW TRIP ONLY ON FRIDAY, AUG 15
10:45pm 10:50pm 11:08pm 11:14pm 11:39pm 12:07am 12:10am

 

 View Saturday, August 16 schedule
Cleveland Convention Center Public Square - Cleveland Independence - Marriott Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Fairlawn - Hilton City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron
MARATHON SERVICE
4:00am 4:03am 4:15am 4:45am 4:54am 5:15am 5:25am
10:15am 10:18am 10:30am 11:00am 11:09am 11:30am 11:40am
11:15am 11:18am 11:30am 12:00pm 12:09pm 12:30pm 12:40pm
CLOSING CEREMONY SERVICE
11:15pm 11:18pm 11:30pm 12:00am 12:09am 12:30am 12:40am

Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center - Akron City Centre Hotel (Cascade Plaza) Fairlawn - Hilton Fairlawn - Holiday Inn Independence - Marriott Public Square - Cleveland Cleveland Convention Center
8:45am 8:50am 9:08am 9:14am 9:39am 10:07am 10:10am
9:45am 9:48am 10:06am 10:13am 10:36am 11:07am 11:10am
10:45am 10:48am 11:06am 11:13am 11:36am 12:07pm 12:10pm
11:45am 11:48am 12:06pm 12:13pm 12:36pm 1:07pm 1:10pm
12:45pm 12:48pm 1:06pm 1:13pm 1:36pm 2:07pm 2:10pm
CLOSING CEREMONY SERVICE
2:45pm 2:48pm 3:06pm 3:13pm 3:36pm 4:07pm 4:10pm

 

Plan a Trip

(e.g. Hopkins Airport)
(e.g. Rivergate Park)

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