NFL News: Browns issue statement on traffic for Thursday night’s preseason game

With the Indians playing the Tigers at 7:05 Thursday night, and the Browns taking on the Rams at 8:00, things could get a little messy downtown. The Browns issued a statement regarding parking and getting to the stadium.

“With an Indians game also taking place downtown, and people leaving work on a weekday, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early, leaving enough time to park at least 30 minutes prior to the 8:00 p.m. kickoff.

Construction workers are resurfacing East 9th Street, which will affect inbound and outbound traffic. Please be patient and exercise caution.

Since there is a chance of rain in the forecast, please advise fans to wear rain gear. Umbrellas will not be permitted into the stadium.

In an effort to enhance public safety and improve stadium access, the NFL has implemented a new policy that limits the sizes and types of bags that fans can bring into the stadium. Fans are encouraged to leave bags at home or in their cars. Only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed dimensions of 12 by 6 by 12 inches will be allowed. Fist-size clutch purses or a one-gallon clear, plastic freezer bag also are allowed. Backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases, seat cushions, briefcases, coolers and comparable containers are not permitted. More information: www.NFL.com/allclear.”

Those who went to Family Night last Saturday know that traffic was certainly an issue, and that event had just over 24 thousand fans.

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  • Mike Stein

    They’re worried about traffic for an Indians game??

  • nj0

    As someone who hasn’t been to a Browns game in ages, is there really an issue with safety/access because of people bringing in bags? Or is this just a way for them to ensure that people aren’t sneaking in their own beverages, snacks, etc.?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s a country wide phenomenon after the Boston marathon bombings. Many if not all are going to this sort of policy according to what I heard yesterday.

  • nj0

    It’s just interesting to me since we’ve been living in a heightened security state for a while now and only now do they impose these new rules. It’s not like bombs were invented earlier this year.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Sad but true. We’ve only gotten 24,000 for each of the two Tigers games the past few days.

  • WFNY_DP

    Is that why the Indians haven’t been showing up?

  • Ben Frambaugh

    While they weren’t invented earlier this year (I think it was late last year they were invented) the methodology in which they were used at the Boston Marathon has people (particularly those with the most ca$h to lose) to be ramp up security measures.

  • Natedawg86

    Lot of people headed West after the game

  • Natedawg86

    I think they still are lenient for special circumstances (milk for babies, or diaper bags), but why else do people need to bring bags in the stadium? I would rather just not see them unless necessary. I have small kids in diapers and we need diaper bag etc (believe me I would rather not have the bag because i have to carry/keep track of it). Also, I believe that snacks/beverages at a game are a luxury. People have a choice to eat before, or buy food in stadium (stuff that does not fit in pockets).