Finding a place to park near FirstEnergy Stadium, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, can be challenging on a normal day. On game days, when more than 70,000 fans descend on the city to watch the Cleveland Browns play, it can feel maddening.
Fortunately, there are more than 150 parking lots within a one-mile radius of the stadium. If you plan ahead, arrive early, and know which streets to use, you'll be comfortably seated with a beverage in hand long before kickoff time.
Parking for Season Pass Holders
Season pass holders have it easy. With a season pass, you have the option to purchase a parking pass as well for one of the six lots located directly adjacent to the stadium—the Orange, Red, Yellow, Silver, Tan, and Purple lots. These are reserved exclusively for season pass holders and guests with disabilities.
Fans who plan to park at the stadium lots should be aware that East Ninth and West Third streets are closed to all traffic during game days beginning 1 1/2 hours before kickoff. Pass holders and fans with disabilities can only reach the stadium via North Marginal Road.
Parking for Non-Pass Holders
If you don't have the option to purchase a parking pass, there are still plenty of parking options around the stadium that are a short walking distance away. The easiest—and least stressful—way to park on a game day is to reserve a spot ahead of time using ParkMobile. You can compare prices and choose the lot that is most convenient for you. Paying ahead of time also means you don't have to worry about carrying extra cash for parking lot fees.
Even with a reserved spot, traffic in downtown Cleveland on game days can cause major delays. Plan to arrive at least an hour before kickoff so you have plenty of time to park, walk to the stadium, and find your seat without missing a minute of the game. Although you reserve the spot online, many of the lots require you print out your pass to leave in the car. It's a good idea to have a print out with you just in case.
The closest private lot to the stadium is located at 606 Summit Ave. It sells out quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible if you want a short walk. If you are looking for the most economical option, the parking lots get cheaper the farther you move away from the stadium.
Forget all of the hassle of traffic and parking by taking the RTA rail, Cleveland's public transportation system. The West Third Station on the waterfront line is just steps away from FirstEnergy Stadium. Access this public transportation line from Public Square or connect from either side of the city by transferring from RTA's red, green, or blue lines. Extra trains begin running two hours prior to the game and continue after the game as long as they are needed.
In addition to the rail, there are also free trolleys that commute passengers throughout downtown Cleveland. Park anywhere downtown and use E-line or B-line trolleys to travel to the stadium. The trolleys run daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tailgating is a long-time tradition before Browns' home games, and as long as the party doesn't get out of hand, they are tolerated by local police. The official Cleveland Browns tailgate party takes place at the northern enclosure of the stadium and is open to all ticket holders. However, the majority of the parking lots around downtown turn into unofficial tailgating parties on game days. If you're parking in a lot, there's a good chance you'll find people celebrating.
The largest tailgating event takes place at the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot. Located across the shoreway from FirstEnergy Stadium at 1500 S. Marginal Road, this lot is tailgating central before Browns' games. There are 2,000 parking spaces and restrooms available. This lot opens at 7 a.m. on game days. Get there early to secure a good spot for your pre-game festivities.