Bars Restaurants and Tribe fans ready for baseball without COVID restrictions


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Friday night, for the first time since the 2019 season, Indian fans will descend on the Gateway neighborhood and crowd into bars and restaurants, then into the stadium for a night of Indian baseball without adhere to a single COVID Directive.

There were no fans in the stands for the 2020 season and limited fans and social distancing at bars and restaurants in downtown Cleveland during this baseball season until Gov. Mike DeWine lifted all of them. restrictions on June 2.

And Friday is the first night Indians have been home since those restrictions were lifted, and that’s great news for those trying to make a living in the Gateway neighborhood like Adam Wilson, director of the Winking Lizard. .

“It’s supposed to be their home opener 2.0, and since it’s the weekend, it should be just crazy and a good time,” Wilson said.

Down the Street at The Whistle and Keg Destiny Baker said they have been looking forward to this evening for a long time as they expect bigger crowds in baseball to draw bigger crowds before and after games.

“We’re very happy that everyone is back here and that our business can have people in the bar and drink and have a good time and just hang out and enjoy life,” she said.

And that’s a big deal for Tribe fans because there is no doubt that there has been some missing energy in the stadium.

Randy Jameson is an Indian fan who attends a few games a year and can’t wait to see big crowds back in the stadium.

“Just the excitement, it’s a big stadium when there are a lot of people around, it’s very exciting, just the whole atmosphere,” he said.

The Indians managed to play well enough to stay in the game, and that should help get people to the stage of setting up what should be a fun summer for a long time.

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