Cleveland Plus Presents: Fun Facts about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
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Experience the past, present and future of rock music and culture with an amazing array of exhibits, interactive kiosks and the films that explore the power of rock and roll music. Right now, see U23D, the ultimate 3-D music film, showing exclusively at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Visit and discover why the Rock Hall is the best-attended hall of fame in the country.
A really great show. The Cavaliers are just one of the great acts in town. A few blocks
from The Q is Playhouse Square, the second-largest performing arts center in the
nation, which draws more than 1 million theater-goers a year.
King of the court. King James would be very much at home in the Armor Court at the
Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the world’s premier art museums, visited by more than
a half-million people per year – all of whom get in for free.
How’s this for a pep band? The Cleveland Orchestra consistently ranks as one of the
top 10 orchestras in the world.
Stay out late – we’ll leave a leg lamp on for you. You can pay homage to the cult
classic holiday film about a young boy’s desperate attempts to get the gift of his dreams
at the one-and-only A Christmas Story House and Museum (where much of the movie
was shot back in the mid-80s).
MVPs everywhere! Several national halls of fame call Northeast Ohio home. In addition
to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio features
the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in
Health Care Good for the heart? Cleveland sports major players on the court and in the medical
field. According to U.S. News and World Report, the Cleveland Clinic is the nation’s No.
1 medical center for heart care. Northeast Ohio hospitals ranked in the top 10 of 11
Bioscience Growth Here Outpaces the Nation. The Cleveland Plus region’s bio sector
has grown an average of 7.4% annually, outpacing the U.S. average of 6.8%.
Our “HealthLine” (new rapid transit line) not only connects to our hospitals, but it
is actually healthier for us and for the planet. The RTA’s HealthLine vehicles are
powered by hybrid technology resulting in 97% lower particulate emissions and 75%
better fuel economy.
We’re proud of our sellouts. Voted MLB’s best ballpark by fans in a 2008 Sports
Illustrated fan poll, Progressive Field had a major league record 455 consecutive sellouts
between June 12,1995, and April 4, 2001. Demand for tickets was so great that all 81
home games were sold out before opening day on three separate occasions. The
Indians "retired" the number 455 in honor of the sellout record. The Boston Red Sox
later surpassed this record, when Fenway Park recorded its 456th straight sellout on
Sept. 9, 2008.
Sellouts at The Q. Cavs fans set two new attendance records during the 2008-09
season, selling out Quicken Loans Arena 38 times (out of 41 home games) for a regular season
average attendance of 20,512 (capacity 20,562). With this home-crowd assist,
the Cavaliers tied the second-best all-time home record in NBA history by finishing 39-2,
earning home court advantage for the entire 2009 NBA Playoffs.
We’re always ready for some football. Once a year, gridiron greats gather to honor
their own in the Ohio town that is the original home to the National Football League:
Canton. The city that's football-crazy year-round throws the best 10-day pigskin party
There’s something fishy here. You can skip the fishing trip to Canada because Lake
Erie is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” And there’s no need to head west,
since there’s fly fishing for steelhead trout and coho salmon nearby in the Rocky and
It’s summer all year round. You can enjoy summer fun 365 days a year in Sandusky.
It’s now home to the nation’s largest indoor waterpark at 173,000 square feet (Kalahari
Resort), a Caribbean-themed funhouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket (Castaway
Bay) and an exceedingly family-friendly four-story tree house waterfort (Great Wolf
Lodge) – not to mention the world-famous Cedar Point from May until October!
We “hang 10” when it’s 10 below. It’s not a Hawaiian swell, but Lake Erie’s winter
waves and gusty winds get surfers’ temperatures rising.
We’ve made the burning river a good thing. The fire that ignited the Cuyahoga River
40 years ago also kindled the Clean Water Act and the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement. Today the Cuyahoga is one of 14 American Heritage Rivers. And Burning
River is the name of one of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s best beers, a hopped-up
American Pale Ale.
Our celebs still hang. Cleveland is the city that Food Network celebrity chef Michael
Symon calls home. But culinary fame hasn’t gone to this guy’s head. We still see him
and hear his trademark laugh all the time at his two Cleveland bistros – Lola (East 4th
Street) and Lolita (Tremont).
One market in which it is always worth investing. Cleveland’s West Side Market was
recently ranked as one of “10 Great Public Spaces in America.” Its collection of
handmade pastas, crusty breads, spicy falafel sandwiches and fresh fruits and veggies
makes for a singular Cleveland culinary experience.
Rust, what rust? Site Selection magazine just awarded its Governor’s Cup to the State
of Ohio for leading the nation in new and expanded corporate facilities in 2008 – that’s
the third year in a row!
We love our rocket scientists. The only NASA facility north of the Mason-Dixon Line,
the NASA Glenn Research Center is Cleveland’s connection to outer space. It’s playing
a key role in the development of the nation’s Space Shuttle replacement – the Ares
Now that’s living! The Economist listed ranked Cleveland as the 26th most livable city
in the world based on factors such as a strong base of skilled workers, a good sense of
democracy, community involvement and a connection to the global market. Cleveland
tied with Luxembourg and Pittsburgh, sharing the highest ranking of any U.S. city on the
Spending time in the ’hood. From the antiques shops of Larchmere Boulevard to the
decadent pastries of Little Italy or the hipster hangout eateries and pubs of Tremont,
Cleveland’s neighborhoods reflect the character and culture of its residents.