CLEVELAND — A whole host of celebrities and big-name VIPs are expected to be in town for the Cleveland Cavaliers season opener Thursday.
You know Johnny Football’s probably a given, but to figure out who else might come to town, Channel 3‘s Hilary Golston had to go on probably the most fun fact-finding mission this year.
Part of the mission was also to figure out what kind of experience you can have in Cleveland when you have thousands to drop?
Among the suspected list of celebrities and big names is Jay-Z, who could be sitting courtside with his “Queen B” Beyoncé. Justin Timberlake and even Justin Bieber are rumored to be attending the Cavs first game with LeBron James since he left to play for the Miami Heat.
So, where will they stay? The general manager at The 9’s Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Cleveland says, “Yes, we’ve got quite a few high-profile guests in our hotel.”
However, when Golston asked Kenny Didier exactly who you might bump into coming out of his hotel, he wouldn’t budge on releasing the specifics.
If high-profile guests do choose to head to the Metropolitan at the 9, the hotel’s reserve level offers free food, snacks and even a curator.
He helps guests with almost anything, similar to a butler.
“If I need to, I will pack their luggage, unpack their luggage, I know how to shine shoes … anything that is within hotel policy or not within hotel policy I would do it for my guests,” curator Alexander Gant told Golston.
Throughout Cleveland, high-profile guests have a myriad of fine restaurants to choose from, including Blue Point, Red, Adega and the list goes on.
Former Cav Campy Russell, now the Cavs the director of alumni relations, was dining at Red ahead of the game tomorrow.
Russell said we should expect the biggest and best tomorrow.
“I think you’ll be surprised about the passion that you will see tomorrow,” Russell told Golston. “When you see it, you’re gonna say ‘Wow!’ “
While we don’t know every VIP that will be in Cleveland Thursday, we can confirm Usher will be in town to sing the national anthem.
At the Fan Fest before the game, comedian Kevin Hart, artist Kendrick Lemar and platinum-selling rock band imagine Dragons will also be on hand.