Welcome to our guests with special needs. The following important information is to assist your planning and preparation for your day at the Air Show.
Air Show Facility:
The Cleveland National Air Show venue is a LARGE temporary facility, created for three days a year from runways, taxiways and grass medians of Burke Lakefront Airport. The entire parking area is a large, open, grassy field. Much of the ground is uneven.
To see a map, please click here.
WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO BRING A WHEELCHAIR IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WALKING LONG DISTANCES. (Bicycles are not permitted.)
The Air Show grounds are 5,000 ft in length x 500 ft deep. This area allows accommodation of spectators and display aircraft in a large festival atmosphere. Due to spectator congestion and the number of aircraft and displays, a patron shuttle service is not available inside the spectator area.
On the west end is the Plaza Gate. This is a walk-in gate, accessible by parking offsite and walking to the show. You can be dropped off here, but heavy exit traffic limits access for pick ups at end of day. From this gate it is hard surface and three quarters of a mile to the west end of the box seats. There is NO shuttle service into the Spectator Area. DO NOT ARRIVE AT THIS GATE AND EXPECT A RIDE. Bring a wheelchair to meet your needs. (See map)
On the east end is our drive-in Gate 13. After being ticketed, a HANDICAPPED PARKING pass enables you to drive to the handicapped parking lot. (This is a grass field adjacent to a paved taxiway.) It is 800-1,000 ft. to the east end of Box Seats. This lot closes when full, so arrive by 11 AM. There is NO shuttle service into the Spectator Area from the Handicapped Parking Lot. DO NOT ARRIVE AT THE HANDICAPPED PARKING LOT AND EXPECT A RIDE. Bring a wheelchair to meet your needs. (See map.)
Handicapped toilets are available and are typically found at the ends of large “banks” of port-o-lets.
The Cleveland National Air Show DOES NOT have scooters or wheelchairs available for rent. If you have difficulty walking long distances PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WHEELCHAIR. (Bicycles are NOT permitted.)
We do NOT have shuttle service into the Spectator Area. If you have difficulty walking long distances PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WHEELCHAIR.
The large dimension of the Air Show spectator area makes it unsuitable for signing. However, a significant amount of the performer information used during the narration is available on this website by linking to specific performers.
Seeing eye dogs ARE permitted at the Air Show.