FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
APRIL 12, 2018
|CAVS vs. INDIANA PACERS
2018 NBA PLAYOFFS BEGINROUND 1
PLAYOFF FAN GUIDE
|When it’s win or go home, everything takes on greater importance. Everything is on the line. Every single thing matters – everything. CLEVELAND wants it more, and we will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to win. We’re united against those who say we can’t and are eager to show the world that we can… and will.
Get ready for the action and excitement of the 2018 Cavs Playoffs presented by Discount Drug Mart as the defending Eastern Conference Champions compete for their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers will face the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 in a best-of-seven series that tips off with Games 1 and 2 being played at Quicken Loans Arena. Doors to Quicken Loans Arena will open two hours prior to tipoff for each home game, with a FREE Cavs Fan Fest taking place on Gateway Plaza.
|ROUND ONE GAME SCHEDULE:|
|Cavaliers vs. Pacers
Game 1: Sunday, April 15 (HOME) – 3:30 PM on ABC
Game 2: Wednesday, April 18 (HOME) – 7:00 PM on FOX Sports Ohio, TNT
Game 3: Friday, April 20 (AWAY) – 7:00 PM on FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN
Game 4: Sunday, April 22 (AWAY) – 8:30 PM on FOX Sports Ohio, TNT
Game 5: * Wednesday, April 25 (HOME) – TBD
Game 6: * Friday, April 27 (AWAY) – TBD
Game 7: * Sunday, April 29 (HOME) – TBD
*If NecessaryBefore and after all Cavs playoffs games, FOX Sports Ohio will provide pre- and postgame coverage hosted by Jeff Phelps and Campy Russell that will include reporting and analysis from Fred McLeod, Austin Carr and Allie Clifton, with guest appearances from former Cavs coach Mike Fratello. FOX Sports Ohio will additionally air all first-round Cavs games not selected for exclusive national broadcast on ABC. McLeod and Carr will call the action with Clifton reporting. All of the network’s playoff programming will stream on FOX Sports GO as well. Fans can stop by the FOX Sports Ohio tent at Cavs Fan Fest prior to all home games for photos and prizes.All Cavaliers 2018 playoff games will be broadcast on WTAM 1100 and the Cavaliers Radio Network with John Michael, Jim Chones and Mike Snyder. La MEGA 87.7 FM will broadcast all games in Spanish with Rafa Hernandez Brito providing the game call.
|HOME GAMES AT THE Q
Featuring A FREE Outdoor Fan Fest presented by Huntington
|The Cavaliers home court advantage starts with Cavs fans at The Q ready to bring the electricity and energy that will propel the defending Eastern Conference Champions to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. The fans and team will be a uniting force to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to bring another NBA Championship to Cleveland!
BACK IN BLACK FOR GAME 1! Fans are asked to suit up in their favorite black Cavs gear for Game 1 of each round of the Playoffs– the color that is synonymous with the historic turning point in the 2016 NBA Finals when the Cavs wore their black-sleeved uniforms in Games 5 and 7 of the NBA Finals on their way to winning their first NBA Championship.
Reminder: Doors to The Q open 2 hours prior to tipoff.
|FREE OUTDOOR CAVS FAN FEST
presented by Huntington
|Fans with or without a ticket to home playoff games at The Q can experience Cavs playoff excitement long before doors open at Quicken Loans Arena by visiting the free outdoor Cavs Fan Fest presented by Huntington, taking place on Gateway Plaza.Cavs Fan Fest start time varies each home game.
In true Wine & Gold spirit, there will be fun for all ages at Cavs Fan Fest, proudly supported by FOX Sports Ohio and iHeartMedia Cleveland:
For more information and a schedule of band performances and food trucks attending, visit Cavs.com.
NOTE: All bags will be checked by security upon entry to Cavs Fan Fest and a list of prohibited items can be found at Cavs.com.
|OFFICIAL CAVS ROAD GAME WATCH PARTIES AT THE Q
presented by Budweiser
$5 Admission to be Donated to Say Yes to Education and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Tickets for Round 1—Road Games 3 and 4
On Sale Beginning Friday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m.
|There’s no place like the home court, even when the team is on the road! The Cavs Official Road Game Watch Parties presented by Budweiser are BACK, providing fans the biggest and best watch party experience at The Q! Admission for Round 1 is $5.00 per ticket, with ALL PROCEEDS being donated to benefit the local community charitable efforts of Say Yes to Education and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.
Doors to The Q will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff for Cavs Official Road Game Watch Parties. While watching the action live on the HUMONGOTRON video scoreboard, fans will enjoy a game-like experience with simulated-player intros, Humongotron flames, entertainment team performances, programmed timeouts and exciting halftime acts. The arena floor will also be transformed to feature a series of fun basketball skill challenges, interactive games and inflatables for the whole family! Plus, free Cavs Playoffs T-Shirts will be given to the first 1,000 fans through the doors!Fan Fare locations on the concourse will feature deals on fan favorite gameday foods and drinks:
WATCH PARTIES BENEFIT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Over the last three years of the NBA Playoffs and Finals, the Cavaliers have donated more than $2 million back to Cleveland non-profits and local charitable programs from proceeds generated by hosting road game watch parties at The Q and conducting 50/50 raffles during home and road games.
TICKET INFO: Cavs Road Game Watch Party tickets for Round 1, Games 3 and 4 go on sale TOMORROW, Friday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, Cavs.com and the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office. Tickets for Round 1 are $5.00 each and all proceeds will be donated to benefit the local community charitable efforts of Say Yes to Education and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. There is a 6 ticket limit per person. As each playoff round unfolds, fans can get tickets as they become available at the same locations.
NOTE: In compliance with guidelines set by the City of Cleveland and in compliance with an established local curfew ordinance, the Cavaliers will adhere to city ordinances and require that all ticketed guests 17 years old and under attending Watch Parties must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
|50+ WINE & GOLD NATION OFFICIAL PLAYOFF WATCH PARTIES
presented by Budweiser
|Whether the team is playing at home or on the road, Cavs fans are invited to unite together at one of 50+ bars and restaurants throughout Northeast Ohio serving as locations for Wine & Gold Nation Official Playoff Watch Parties presented by Budweiser.
Each location will be decked out in Wine & Gold spirit and feature Budweiser specials along with promotional giveaways like rally towels, t-shirts, bar coasters and more!
For a complete list of participating establishments and locations, visit Cavs.com.
|NEW! FREE “WINE & GOLD WINS” BANNERS AVAILABLE AT CAVS.COM
Keep Track of Each Cavs Victory on the Road to 16 Wins
|Cavs.com is the official headquarters for Cavs fans to find anything and everything they need to know about the 2018 Cavs Playoffs presented by Discount Drug Mart, including ticket information, a full listing of Cavs watch parties and special events, breaking news, exclusive video footage and much more!New this season, fans can download FREE “Wine & Gold Wins” banners fromCavs.com to raise at home or work following each Wine & Gold WIN throughout the 2018 NBA Playoff run!|
|CAVS TEAM SHOP|
|Throughout the playoff run, Cavs fans can take advantage of special Cavs Team Shop Item of the Game offers at home games and Watch Parties. Special deals will be available at the Cavaliers Team Shop at The Q and online at Cavs.com/shop while supplies last.|
|CAVS PLAYOFF TICKET INFORMATION|
|Tickets are still available for the Cavs Round 1, Home Games 1 and 2 atCavs.com/tickets.New this year, fans only need to sign up for a FREE Wine & Gold Nation account atprofile.Cavs.com and opt-in to receive playoff ticket notifications to automatically receive priority access for each round of the 2018 playoffs with the best opportunity to purchase single game tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Current Wine & Gold Nation members must update their account to opt-in to receive the playoff ticket notifications.
Note: Registering for a Wine & Gold Nation account is the only way to become eligible for the early access presale. This is a change from previous years where subscribers to Cavs Insiders, the team’s electronic newsletter, were automatically provided “Playoff Access” for the opportunity to purchase single game tickets ahead of the general public.
Wine & Gold Nation Playoff Presale Details:
|THE Q TRANSFORMATION: TRAFFIC & PARKING INFORMATION|
Fans should plan and prepare for altered traffic patterns, heavy traffic conditions and parking limitations around the Gateway District due to The Q Transformation construction. Carpooling, arriving early, using RTA or Uber is strongly recommended. In addition, parking in the Gateway East Garage for Cavs and Monsters games for the remainder of the 2017-18 season is at capacity and will only be available for those with pre-assigned passes and pre-paid parking tickets. Pre-paid Gateway East Garage parking tickets for Cavs and Monsters games are sold-out. For additional parking options in the Gateway District, visit TheQTransformation.com.
The Cleveland Police will work to efficiently manage traffic flow during ingress and egress for events and will exercise judgement to change traffic patterns as necessary to facilitate a continuous flow of vehicles.
|Join the conversations surrounding the 2018 Cavaliers Playoffs with the official hashtag #WhateverItTakes and follow the Cavaliers across social media on Facebook (/Cavs), Twitter (@Cavs), Instagram (@Cavs) and Snapchat (Cavs).|
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