That’s a whole lot of sadness packed into a couple of city blocks. Here’s a visual of the two stadiums, which now go by Quicken Loans Arena (for the Cavs) and Progressive Field (for the Indians):
But now it’s 2016 and just about every Cleveland team not named the Browns cannot be stopped, leading to a night like Tuesday: At 7:30 p.m. EDT, the Cavaliers will receive their NBA title rings before they open the season against the New York Knicks. Thirty minutes later, the Indians will play their first home World Series game in 19 years just down the street.
It’s safe to say this is probably going to be the craziest Tuesday night ever in downtown Cleveland. Charles Barkley and Co. will be there for TNT’s pregame show, broadcast live across the street from the Q in a parking lot, and Wiz Khalifa will perform.
“I’ll have to leave to go the game at noon,” Cavs forward Kevin Love told Cleveland.com. “After shootaround, go straight to the arena.”
Said LeBron James: “It’s going to be great. Like I said from a fan’s perspective, is there any better way? I don’t know, having an ice cream truck outside of both arenas at the same time as well — the icing on the cake. It’s great. We get to host the World Series and we get our rings on the same night at the same time. If we had a retractable roof it would be probably the loudest we ever heard, so it’s pretty special.”
Should the World Series go on a bit, we’ll see a repeat of all this on Nov. 1 (also a Tuesday): Game 6 is scheduled for that night along with a Cavs-Rockets game.