CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is ready for the Cleveland Indians Opening Day on April 8. There will be extra rail service.
This year, the first home game is against the New York Yankees,on Monday April 8, with a 4:05 p.m. start.
The Indians home opener may be sold out at Progressive Field with an expected 50,000 eager fans, but RTA still has a seat for you.
Best advice - as always for riding transit to large events - come early for fewer crowds. Remember, parking may fill up quickly, as many regular commuters will already be at work.
Times to keep in mind
* 1 p.m., Progressive Field gates open. Come early and catch part of batting practice.
* 1 p.m., The RTA Walkway from Tower City opens. It will remain open for 90 minutes after the game ends.
* 2-4 p.m., RTA’s Rally Alley celebration.
* 3 p.m., Tribe officials urge fans to be in their seats to catch pre-game festivities.
* 4 p.m., First pitch.
Park for free at Rapid Stations, and obey all parking rules. Because of daily commuters, many lots may fill up quickly. Illegally parked cars will not be there when you return.
A pre-game street festival, Rally Alley includes food, drinks, games and live music on Eagle Avenue, on the north side of Progressive Field, between Ontario Street and East Ninth Street. Look for the RTA community bus and staff. Stop by, test your knowledge of sports trivia, and win some great prizes.
You must have a game ticket to enter the Rally Alley area.
RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Check www.riderta.com for timetables, schedules and route information or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.
Media Contact: Mary Shaffer, 216-566-5211