The Cleveland Barons are the local AHL hockey team. It may not be the NHL, but that is not a bad thing. These are tomorrow's stars, today. The scoring is usually higher than the NHL, and the action is faster. Plus, as arena's go, the Gund rocks!
The CLB takes you through roughly 15 miles of lakefront territory. You can access it from E9th St. downtown (past the intersections; via N Marginal Rd) and it ends at historic E185th St. Most of the CLB is Lakeshore Blvd; signs are posted so keep an eye out for them to remind you that you're on the trail; it feeds into Lakeshore after you get past the lakefront state parks. It's not a very hilly trail, but there are inclines; none too steep, though. Even though, I'm skeptical of recommending this trail for easy-going/beginner cyclists, because the lake winds can be quite whipping; thus, difficult to pedal through.
It's a largely scenic trail and takes you very close to the lake shore, most of the way. It's a moderately safe trail because you are skirting the east side neighborhoods, but it's not entirely safe, so ride with caution at night; ideally have someone else with you. As you get past the section that runs through the Villiage of Brahtenal, you're deep in the east side, which can be dangerous. I'd avoid it altogether at night, personally.
The trail is paved and illuminated; payphones are at some smaller parks.
Equipment: Mainly, a helmet and windbreaker.
Maybe some cyclist's gloves because of the temps if the wind makes the lakeshore area cool.
Firstly, it is a modern, beautiful, and clean ballpark inside and out. (I've often heard one of the nicest in the nation). Even up high, our view was wonderful; we could see almost whole park, and then the scenic skyline. Tours of the park are also available.
Foodwise, there is a lot to choose from, and vendors are everywhere in the concourses. It's expensive, of course, but they have some eclectic and relatively healthy foods to choose from; not your common ballpark food. There are a lot of activities inside the park for kids and even adults, to enhance the trip. The folks there also like to get the fans involved, as you'll see them showcase a number of activities on the scoreboard monitor. And the guy in the bleachers with the big drum pounds away almost each game. His drumming is part of the experience! Lastly, and helpfully, there's always a restroom nearby.
There's supposedly hardly a bad view in the park, so your wherever your seats are should be good. It's a great experience, so again, I highly recommend it!
Indoor Soccer is pretty cool. It is fast paced, and the scoring is more frequent than in outdoor soccer. It has been a while since I watched indoor soccer. The MISL killed off the team I grew up with (Canton Invaders forever baybee!) but I still love the game, even when they try silly things like a three point goal.
It is a lot of fun to watch in person.
Ah Baseball, America's national pasttime. And the Indians? Well, once a joke in the minds of baseball fans, the team is often a contender and often sports some of the best young players in the game. Mix them together in a stadium without a bad seat, and ravenous fans and what do you get? You get the tribe!
Ok, so there is this guy in Cleveland, he was taken in the NBA draft at the age of 18. I hear he is pretty good. His name is Lebron something? It was on the tip of my tounge, I'll think of it in a moment.
Seriously though. Cleveland has what could be the greatest player in NBA history waiting to develop. I am a huge Cav's fan, even from long before Lebron. (Anyone remember a guy named World B. Free?) But Lebron is great as a rookie, I can't wait to see what he becomes with a few years under his belt. Forget Jordan, this guy rocks!
I was lucky enough to watch him play highschool B-ball at a tournement in my hometown and was shocked and awed by how astounding he was. Would not miss a game if I were living up there.
Not really a sport, but......every Labor Day weekend (first weekend in September) at Burke Lakefront Airport . There are all types of aircraft from all over the world on display. Some, you are allowed to sit in, some you are allowed to walk through. Some of the acts include a jet assisted Waco bi-plane (complete with wing-walker), triple engine jet trauck that races a jet at over 300 mph, and US jet aerobatic team. Aircraft from all branches of the US military, commercial and general aviation aircraft displays.
Equipment: Sunblock and water. Prices on the inside are a little outrageous. You may have to pay a small fee to sit in cock-pits for photo-ops. Parking is expensive by the airport. Park downtown or take the rapid to the North Coast stop at East 9th Street.
For the third year in a row, Cleveland will host the Gravity Games. In September, more than 200 of the world's best professional action sports athletes compete in Bike, freestyle motorcross, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and inline. There is an interactive festival village featuring demo's, sports equipment and fashion, concerts by today's top bands (last year, Jane's Addiction played!!), and athlete autograph sessions. The stands for these events fill up very quickly. They are open during practice, though. The venue is right on the lakefront behind the Rock-n-Roll hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center . Climb the rock wall, take a spin in the orbitron, and take a crack at the BMX dirt track.....bring your rollerblades and tryout the mini-ramps.
Equipment: You are allowed to bring your own bottled water. Must be store bought and sealed. Bring a towel or blanket to relax on the grass and plenty of sunblock if you are spending the day. Tickets last year and the year before were $12....which includes that days concerts.
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