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Akron welcomes LeBron: What to know if you go

AKRON, Ohio -

Those who weren't part of the estimated million plus people who crowded Cleveland on Wednesday to celebrate the NBA Champion Cavaliers, may be thinking of going to Akron on Thursday night as the city welcome's hometown hero, LeBron James.

The party is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., at Lock 3, 200 S Main St, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Event admission and downtown parking will be free, according to city officials.

Gates at Lock 3 will open at 7pm, the program begins at 8pm. Mayor Dan Horrigan will make a presentation to James on behalf of the city.

Entry to the standing room only event at Lock 3 will be on a first come, first served basis.

Video monitors and speakers will permit overflow crowds outside of the Lock 3 amphitheater on South Main Street to be part of the stage program.

Concessions and free water will be available inside Lock 3.

What you need to know if you go:

The following items will not be permitted inside the Main Street venue – backpacks; umbrellas; chairs; signs; or blankets.

Strollers will be permitted and all bags/purses will be inspected upon entry to Lock 3.

  • South Main Street will be closed from Mill Street to Exchange Street beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • West Bowery Street will be closed from Center Street to South Main Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.
  • Church Street and University Avenue will be closed from High Street to South Main Street beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Admission to the event is free and city and county parking lots and decks will also be free:

  • Broadway Deck (120 S. Broadway)
  • Cascade Deck (10 W. Mill Street)
  • CitiCenter Deck (132 S. High Street)
  • High/Market Deck (40 S. High Street)
  • Morley Deck (177 S. Broadway)
  • State St./O’Neil’s Deck (52 W. State Street)
  • Opportunity Park Deck (666 S. Broadway)
  • Akron Centre Deck (11 W. Mill Street)
  • Summit County Parking Deck (200 S. High Street).

Close to 7,000 parking spaces will be available free of charge.

City officials suggest guests requiring handicap parking/access are encouraged to utilize Cascade and State Street decks.

Guests using a wheelchair will be escorted to a designated area. Seating in this area is limited.

Attendees are encouraged to park and walk to the event.

METRO, Akron's transit service, will offer free bus fares after 5 p.m. Delays and detours are expected.

METRO's customer service phone lines (330) 762-0341 will be in operation until 10 p.m.

Updates will be posted on akronmetro.org, METRO’s Facebook, and METRO’s Twitter pages as they become available.

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