This year's induction evening, at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, will be the usual gathering of music industry power players paying thousands of dollars each to attend.
But, when the ceremony moves to the Rock Hall's hometown next year, for only the second time ever, it will be a public event.
Channel 3's Jeff Maynor reports that instead of being held in a hotel ballroom the induction will be at one of the city's venues, possibly Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center or the Cleveland Convention Center's Public Hall.
Quicken Loans Arena and CSU's Wolstein Center are newer venues that are wired for live television broadcasts.
The induction is expected to be televised live on VH1.
Details of the Cleveland induction ceremony, including the date next March and ticket prices, are not set yet, but one source said ticket prices would likely be about the price of a ticket for a rock concert.
Besides opening the induction to the public for the first time ever, the Rock Hall is planning several days of related events that will be open to the public, including performances and parties at both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other Cleveland venues.
The plan is, instead of a one-night-stand in New York, to make next year's induction an "induction week" in the Rock Hall's hometown.