CLEVELAND — Sunday Night Football returns to Cleveland for the first time in 11 years this weekend.
The Cleveland Browns are fresh off the team's first win of the season, a 23-3 win over the New York Jets. This weekend, Cleveland faces a true test in the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians will also be spotlighted on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball for the final regular season home game of the year. That game is set to start at 6:37 p.m. against the Philadelphia Phillies.
As Cleveland prepares for primetime, here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday night.
Where is the game?
Sunday Night Football is at home for Cleveland, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
What time is kickoff?
The Browns will host the Los Angeles Rams.
Where can I listen/watch?
Watch on Channel 3. Listen on 92.3 FM, ESPN 850 AM or 98.5 FM.
Are tickets still available?
All home games are technically sold out this season, but you can still find tickets on secondary markets like NFL Ticket Exchange and StubHub. Take note that resale prices will likely be highly inflated.
Where can I see the Sunday Night Football tour bus?
Fans are invited to check out the NBC Sunday Night Football bus at WKYC Studios, 1333 Lakeside Ave. The bus will be open to the public Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fans can also see the bus parked at Public Square during the Top Dawg Block Party from 12-4 p.m. Saturday.
What is the Top Dawg Block Party?
It's a free event for families on Cleveland's Public Square. Fans will find a DJ, trivia challenges with prizes, yard games and a cash bar. The party runs from 12-4 p.m. Saturday.
Where should I park for the game?
There are several surface lots and garages downtown, but expect to pay up to park there. If you plan on parking in the Muni Lot, scroll down a little to read up on its policies, and note that the cost is $25 per spot.
You can also consider taking the RTA to the game. Cost is $5 for an all-day pass, and you'll also find an RTA tailgate party in the Muni Lot prior to every home game.
Keep in mind that the Indians will also be in the primetime spotlight for Sunday Night Baseball, meaning traffic around Cleveland will be heavy.
How do I get into the game?
First, give yourself plenty of time, as security lines may get long and you may have to wait. You'll have to pass through metal detectors and have any bags checked as you enter the stadium.
Tickets are mobile app only upon entry, meaning you'll need to pull up your tickets in the Cleveland Browns app. Screenshots of your tickets won't work, nor will hard copy or PDF tickets.
What can I bring into the game?
Speaking of bags, if you don't need one, you're probably better off without it. The NFL has a strict bag policy, meaning you'll need to leave the Louis Vuitton at home. Approved bags are clear and smaller than 12"W x 12" H x 6" D. Approved non-clear bags must be small clutches or wallets, no larger than 4 1/2" X 6 1/2".
That means no backpacks, fannypacks or coolers will be permitted. Learn more here.
Banners and signs are permitted, but they must be in good taste. Same goes for t-shirts. If your shirt bears any obscenities, stadium staff will ask you to turn it inside-out.
The following items are also banned from the stadium:
- Outside beverages of any kind
- Dog bones
- Coolers/ice chests
- Laser lights
- Seat cushions
How's the weather looking?
Pack your poncho, according to the WKYC weather team. Expect clouds later in the day, with rain expected to move in Sunday night. See the full forecast here.
What if I'm tailgating in the Muni Lot?
The Muni Lot opens at 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per parking space.
Here are the basic rules of the Muni Lot, set by the city of Cleveland:
- No open pit fires
- Propane grills only (No charcoal)
- No alcohol
- Saving spaces prohibited
- Attendees will be charged for all occupied parking spaces
- No in & out privileges
- All litter must be dispensed in trash containers
- Vandalism of any type will not be tolerated
- Crossing the Shoreway is prohibited
- No private bathrooms (portable bathrooms are available in the lot)