CLEVELAND (WKBN/AP) – It was a party atmosphere Tuesday night all throughout downtown Cleveland, with two major events happening right next to each other.
Everyone was in a good mood, and rightfully so. Cleveland and northeast Ohio were looking at their second major sports championship this year.
It was a big night for the Cavaliers, who were kicking off their season, but the line at Quicken Loans Arena was short.
The night in Cleveland belonged to the Indians.
The World Series opened Tuesday night in Cleveland, with Corey Kluber pitching Game 1 for the Indians against the Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester.
Fans crowded into the space between the Q and Progressive Field to celebrate their Cleveland teams. A favorite spot to take pictures was the new #TheLand sculpture.
About three hours away from the start of the game, people with standing room only tickets were standing in long lines, trying to be the first ones in for the best view.
Shortly thereafter, with the Goodyear Blimp flying overhead, the gates to Progressive Field opened and those long lines began making their way into the stadium.
Jeff Lewis, a Niles native who now lives in Australia, went to three games in Toronto and saw the Indians clinch.
“Drove around the lake, came to my brother-in-law and sister’s, bought all the World Series tickets,” he said.
The Indians’ last World Series title was in 1948 and the last for the Cubs came in 1908. Now 95-year-old Eddie Robinson is the only player still alive from the 1948 Indians team.
Their last appearance in the World Series was in 1997.
“There really isn’t going to be a loser. Somebody’s going to win and this is the best World Series there’s been, probably in the past 15 to 20 years,” said Aaron Petty, of North Jackson.
Petty said he would be happy for Cubs fans, who made their presence known Tuesday night, if their team wins.
Warren City Councilman John Brown, who was at the game with his daughter, had a different opinion.
“Absolutely not. No way, no. Tribe’s gonna win this,” he said.
The first pitch of Game 2 of the World Series will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, after being bumped up due to the threat of rain.