The tailgating scene in Cleveland is often better than the team. But Cleveland Browns fans are loyal and definitely intense. If you haven't joined the in-crowd at a tailgate yet the following guidelines will get you started on the right track.
Location and cost: The Cleveland Browns host an official tailgating party at the Browns Stadium for all ticketholders two hours prior to the game. The cost for gameday event parking is $10 and can be purchased in packages of 10 or 20 for convenience and a price break.
The following lots, as seen in this diagram, surround the stadium and are available for pass holders and cash customers for $25.
North Port Authority is located north of the stadium off of West 3rd.
West Third Street, as the name implies, is also off of West 3rd to the west of the stadium. There are limited handicapped parking spots in this lot.
Dock 20 is a little farther away from the stadium off of West 9th.
Dock 32 is accessible from Erieside northeast of the stadium.
The Great Lakes Science Center parking lot is restricted to pass holders only.
Less expensive lot choices include the popular Municipal Parking lot at 1500 Marginal Road for $20 and the Canal Basin Parking lot at 1519 Merwin Avenue for $5 a car. If you choose this lot be sure to arrive early since there are only 228 parking spaces available and it fills up fast.
Rules: Open containers are illegal as is alcohol in general. The signs that used to say "No open containers" now read "Open containers of alcohol are prohibited, consumption of alcohol prohibited and public intoxication prohibited." This doesn't seem possible, but according to Cleveland detective Jennifer Ciaccia, as reported by Fox 8 News, "You are not allowed to drink outside on city property and you are not supposed to be intoxicated in public."
Eating is definitely not outlawed though, so be sure to pack for a long day. Many fans set up early and enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the lot. Propane or charcoal grills are allowed in the Municipal Lot, but no open-pit fires. Televisions, radios, lawn chairs, even RVs and buses are common sights on gameday.
Sylvie Branch is a diehard Cleveland fan who firmly believes in such things as "It's a rebuilding year," and "There is always next season."