“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”
LeBron James has made his decision and is headed back to Cleveland in hopes of bringing a championship to the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland, which has not celebrated a championship in any sport since 1964. The city may be experiencing a dry spell when it comes to championship teams, but recent additions to the city’s rosters have catapulted Cleveland’s teams to the top when it comes to popularity and social media influence.
With Nick Swisher of the Indians, Johnny Manziel of the Browns, and LeBron James back with the Cavaliers, it’s no surprise these athletes are among the most popular and influential people in the city. C-Town is now an American destination for all sports fans, but don’t forget about the other attractions that make Cleveland, Cleveland. If the Forest City wasn’t on your map before, here are five reasons why it should be now:
1. LeBron James | Cleveland Cavaliers
With over 13.6 million Twitter followers, LeBron is the most followed player in the NBA. He will surely regain his old Cavalier fans that left him when he took his talents to South Beach. Furthermore, he has 5.9 million followers on Instagram who witnessed his post announcing his return. Welcome back, LeBron, welcome back.
2. Johnny Manziel | Cleveland Browns
Since being drafted 22nd overall by the Browns, Manziel was the talk of the town, and fans couldn’t get enough of his gear. In fact, his jersey was the top seller amongst rookies. Oh, and did we mention that the Browns sold over 1,500 new season tickets just hours after Manziel was drafted? Also, he is the most followed NFL rookie with more than one million followers on Twitter, in addition to 1.1 million followers on Instagram. Manziel utilized his social media accounts to welcome his buddy, LeBron, back to Cleveland.
3. Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians
Swisher is the most followed MLB player with over 1.7 million Twitter followers. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Swisher chose to come home and sign with the Indians in 2013 rather than re-signing with the New York Yankees. From one Ohio native to another, Swisher welcomed LeBron back to Cleveland as well.
If superstar athletes aren’t enough to draw you to the city, check out these one-of-a-kind destinations:
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Jimi Hendrix are just a few of music industry’s biggest names to be featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The past, present, and future of rock and roll are exhibited inside the doors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located near Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.
5. A Christmas Story House
A Christmas Story remains one of the most famous Christmas movies of all time. Tourists can visit the museum complete with original costumes and props, including the infamous ‘leg lamp’ in the window. Visitors are able to venture into the house where Ralphie finally got his Red Ryder BB gun.
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