The first presidential debate of the 2020 US election will likely prompt heightened security and localized transport and traffic disruptions in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 29. Security personnel will be deployed to the debate's venue, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, a facility shared by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. Protests or demonstrations in the vicinity of the debate are possible. Authorities will close numerous roads in the surrounding area beginning Sept. 28 through early Sept. 30, including:
- East 93rd Street between Chester Avenue and Euclid Avenue
- Chester Avenue between East 89th Street and East 101st Street
- Euclid Avenue between East 89th Street and East 105th Street
A parking ban in the area will also be in place until 0600 Sept. 30. Supporters of both candidates may congregate in surrounding areas and other locations around Cleveland. Transport and business disruptions in the area surrounding Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are likely through early Sept. 30.
Allow additional time to reach your destination if you are traveling near the impacted area Sept. 28-Sept. 30. Heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all protests as a precaution and leave the area if a demonstration occurs nearby.