Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation will host a celebration for LeBron James at 8 p.m. Thursday at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.
The city announced the event Tuesday, saying that James and students from the Wheels for Education and I Promise Network programs will be featured.
The James-led Cavaliers won the NBA championship Sunday, ending a 52-year drought for major sports titles in Cleveland. The championship further cemented his legacy as one of the most
beloved sports figures in Northeast Ohio.
A parade and celebration took place Wednesday in Cleveland, drawing more than 1 million people to the city.
But Akron leaders wanted a celebration in James’ hometown as well.
Akron considered other venues, such as InfoCision Stadium and Canal Park, when deciding where to hold the LeBron James celebration, but opted for Lock 3 Park.
“We are prepared for any eventuality,” James Hardy, Akron’s chief of staff, said Wednesday afternoon, adding that the city has a contingency plan if the crowd is larger than expected.
Akron’s event will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Lock 3 downtown, with doors to the park opening at 7 p.m. The park will be closed before this.