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Cleveland to Consider Arena Upgrades

Monday, December 19, 2016

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, along with city and Cuyahoga County officials, are hoping to score approval of a $140 million renovation of its downtown Cleveland digs, authorities recently announced.

The Quicken Loans Arena, originally designed by Ellerbe Becket (now AECOM) and Robert P. Madison International Inc., a local architect, has been the Cavs’ home court since 1994. It is one of the oldest National Basketball Association arenas without a major update. 

Officials are proposing an expansive exterior and interior makeover of the existing event space, known as “The Q,” in order to make it more welcoming for its 2 million visitors per year.

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The project would improve visitor experience, providing 153,000 square feet of space, officials said. It was designed by architecture firms SHoP and ROSSETTI.

The renovation project, which adds a total of 153,000 square feet to the complex, was designed by New York-based SHoP Architects and ROSSETTI.

The arena would remain open during the construction, which if approved, is slated to begin in 2017 and be complete in two years.

Costs Split

According to project details, the reconstruction would modernize the structure with a glass front and add public gathering and dining spaces throughout. It would also address important structural and operational deficiencies in the facility.

The Cavs and the taxpayers would split the cost of the upgrades. Taxes on hotel rooms and The Q tickets would pay most of the public’s share, according to

Any cost overruns would be covered by the team, details note.

“This deal is crucial to continuing the great momentum the city and county are experiencing,” Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish said in a statement.

Moreover, the project would also come with a guarantee that the Cavs would not leave the city through at least 2034.

The price tag compares to a $500 to $750 million range for a new arena.

Up for Vote

Officials will hold a serious of public hearings and vote on the proposed use of tax dollars, reports. The City Planning Commission will consider the design proposal in upcoming public meetings.

The Cavs say that once the upgrade is complete, it will host an NBA All-Star Weekend and further make the stadium attractive for big-name concerts and other events.

Since the arena opened, the Cavs officials said they have spent more than $400 million in operating, maintenance and repair projects.

“Extending the life of The Q into the next decade and beyond is an efficient and responsible solution, and one that will provide a substantial return to our community,” Cavs and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski said.

“We are firmly committed to Cleveland and will continue to be aggressive in how we approach everything inside and outside The Q, with the goal being to continue impacting Cleveland’s great momentum in a very positive way.”

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Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Cladding; Color + Design; Commercial Construction; Construction; Design; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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