Eclipse FAQ

Q: I’m attending the luncheon. Where do I park?

A: Please park in the Campus Center Garage - Lot 29 off of East Blvd. There will be parking attendants checking for parking vouchers before you enter. If you do not present your voucher, you will be turned away. Parking vouchers will be turned in to the parking attendants upon exiting the garage.


Q: I’m coming to CWRU to watch the eclipse. Where can I park?

A: Guests are encouraged to park at the Veale Center Parking Tower - Lot 53, off of Adelbert Rd. Parking will be complimentary during the day.


Q: How long will the 2024 total solar eclipse last?

A: The duration of totality will be 3 minutes, 40 seconds, near Cleveland, Ohio. Most places along the centerline (path of totality) will see a totality duration between 3.5 and 4 minutes.  The sun will start to be obscured about 2 p.m., reach totality around 3:15 p.m., and the whole of the sun will be visible by 4:30 p.m.


Q: How much will daylight change during a total solar eclipse?

A: In the path of totality, where the Moon completely covers the Sun, the sky will become dark, as if it were dawn or dusk. 


Q: How big of a temperature drop do you get during a total solar eclipse?

A: You can expect the temperature to drop about 10 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the humidity and cloud coverage.


Q: Will you have eclipse glasses available?

A: Yes, we will have a limited number of glasses available on Freiberger Field the day of the eclipse. Quantities are limited to one per person.


Q: Will there be food and drinks available on Freiberger Field during the eclipse?

A: A very limited amount of food will be available for purchase on Freiberger Field. We encourage you to pack some of your own snacks as lines may be long.


Q: Can I bring my own chair to Freiberger Field?

A: Yes! Folding chairs and blankets are welcome on Freiberger Field. 


Q: Are other activities planned for Freiberger Field?

A: Yes, student groups will be on Freiberger Field with several various activities and performances throughout the day. Guests will be able to make pinhole cameras, suncatchers, build Legos, and more (availability to each activity may be limited).


Q: Will a livestream option be available to view activities taking place on campus that day?

A: Yes. We will be using to stream our panel discussion at 1:00, and Freiberger Field activities beginning at 2:00. Other campus locations will be streaming campus activity during the eclipse on


Q: What should I do with my glasses after the eclipse?

A: We will have recycling bins on-site to collect your used glasses. 


Q: Will there be any road closures on or around campus?

A: To stay up-to-date on road closures in the city of Cleveland, please visit the official website.


Q: Will any campus buildings be closed? 

A:  Campus buildings will have key card access with the exception of the Tinkham Veale University Center and the Thwing Center which will remain open for events.


Q; Will cell phone service be affected?

A: Possibly, at around 3 p.m., calls are more likely to be spotty or drop more frequently. High volumes of crowds in the Cleveland area may also strain cellular networks.


Q: What is the best method to contact first responders if there is an emergency on campus and cell phones aren't working?

A: If you are able to send a text, we suggest sending a message to ‘911’ or using one of the university’s 300 blue two-way emergency phones.