KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Two major sporting events are happening right across from each other in Cleveland Tuesday night. The crowd, expected to be in the tens of thousands, can cause major security concerns.
It’s a tale of two titles: the Indians host Game 1 of the World Series while just across the street, the Cavaliers raise their championship banner.
Cleveland sports fans have been waiting for the day where they would have a chance to celebrate their beloved, championship sports teams, and security says the city is more than ready.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest nights in Cleveland sports history,” said Indians fan Tyler Carey.
In all, roughly 70,000 fans are expected to be in the area Tuesday night.
“It’s actually really good that the venues are right across from each other, because the area that you have to think about securing becomes much smaller,” said Kent State professor Dr. Kim Schimmel.
Cleveland is no stranger to crowds in 2016. The city hosted a championship parade for the Cavs after their victory in the NBA Finals in June.
“That was a whole lot of people and in a big space, but the city handled that very, very well. It was a logistical nightmare,” Schimmel said.
A few weeks later, the Republican National Convention called Cleveland home for four days. Schimmel, who is an expert in sporting venue security, says the RNC is the highest on the scale of security.
She says the city’s law enforcement learned a lot by hosting it and will be able to apply that knowledge on Tuesday.
“In addition to which, you can get access to special equipment, knowledge and skills that you wouldn’t have otherwise,” Schimmel said.
Since the World Series is hosted every year, she says Major League Baseball has protocols in place that will help make the night run smoothly.
There won’t be anyone protesting, since Tuesday is more of a celebration for the city. Schimmel says that will make the events easier to handle.