Quicken Loans Arena

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Quicken Loans Arena
"The Q"
The Q Qhicken Loans Arena.svg
Quicken Loans Arena
Former names Gund Arena (1994–2005)
Location 1 Center Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-4001
Coordinates 41°29′47″N 81°41′17″W / 41.49639°N 81.68806°W / 41.49639; -81.68806Coordinates: 41°29′47″N 81°41′17″W / 41.49639°N 81.68806°W / 41.49639; -81.68806
Public transit Tower City-Public Square Station
Owner Gateway Economic Development Corp.
Operator CAVS/Quicken Loans Arena Company
Capacity Basketball: 20,562
Ice Hockey: 20,056 (10,025 with curtain system)
Construction
Broke ground April 27, 1992
Opened October 17, 1994
Construction cost $100 million
($159 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[2]
Project manager Seagull Bay Sports, LLC.[3]
Services engineer URS Corporation[4]
General contractor Turner/Choice/Bradley/Zunt[5]
Tenants
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) (1994–present)
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) (2007–present)
Cleveland Gladiators (AFL) (2008, 2010–present)
Cleveland Crush (LFL) (2011–2013)
Cleveland Rockers (WNBA) (1997–2003)
Cleveland Barons (AHL) (2001–2006)
Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL) (1994–2001)

Quicken Loans Arena (commonly The Q), is a multi-purpose arena, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, after he paid for the naming rights. Since then, the naming right have been held by the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans.

The building is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL), and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Basketball Tournaments.

History[edit]

The arena is built on the site of the former Central Market, a fruit and vegetable market that dated back to 1856.[6] It replaced the Richfield Coliseum, which was located in Richfield between Cleveland and Akron. Part of the Gateway Project to revitalize downtown Cleveland, the arena and sibling Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) were paid for with a sin tax on alcohol and tobacco.[7]

Design and operations[edit]

From 1994 to 2005, the building was named Gund Arena.

The Q seats 20,562 for basketball, including 2,000 in the club seats, and 88 luxury suites. It is owned by the Gateway Economic Development Corporation, which leases it to the Cavaliers.

In 2005, Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert (owner of Quicken Loans) renovated the arena, installing new seats, state of the art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms, and suite upgrades, all of which were in place for the start of the Cavaliers 2005–2006 season, except for the seats, which were replaced a few sections at a time.

In October 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that award-winning chef Michael Symon would contribute menu items to be prepared by foodservice firm Aramark at The Q. Two existing restaurants were renamed after Symon's bar-bistros Bar Symon and The B-Spot, and some of his signature dishes were made available as suite catering offerings.[8]

In February 2013, a report said that after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent the weekend down in Houston for the All-Star break that he wanted a new HD scoreboard so The Q could host an All-Star game for 2016 or 2017.[9] Instillation of a new HD scoreboard, dubbed by owner Dan Gilbert to be "one of the best, if not the best, jumbotron scoreboard in the history of arenas worldwide", was completed in October 2014. It is the largest scoreboard used in an NBA affiliated arena.[10][11]

Team sports[edit]

In addition to its professional sports tenants, The Q has been home to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) men's basketball tournament since 2000 and the MAC women's basketball tournament since 2001. "MAC Madness", as it is known, has become a strong draw for the arena. The men's semifinal and championship games routinely draw 10,000-15,000 attendees.

On May 16, 2006, the then-inactive Utah Grizzlies franchise of the American Hockey League announced that it would move to the Quicken Loans Arena. On January 25, 2007, the team name was announced as the Lake Erie Monsters.[12] It began play in the 2007–2008 season.

On October 16, 2007, the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League announced that they would move to Quicken Loans Arena, becoming the Cleveland Gladiators.

The arena was the home of the now-defunct Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL, the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, and the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA.

Notable events[edit]

Time Warner Cable Entrance at the corner of Huron Road and Ontario Street

The arena was opened with a concert by Billy Joel on October 17, 1994. The Cavaliers played the first regular season game in the arena a few weeks later, a loss to the Houston Rockets, on November 8, 1994.[13]

Major national sports events held at the facility include the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, the 2000 United States Figure Skating Championships, the 2007 NCAA Women's Final Four and the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships. It also hosted games 3 and 4 of the 2007 NBA Finals.

Along with RAW and SmackDown shows, numerous WWE pay per view events have taken place at the arena:

The arena played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour on October 2, 2004, featuring performances by Bright Eyes, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and special guest John Fogerty.[14]

On October 29, 2008, LeBron James gathered almost 20,000 people at the arena for a viewing of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's 30-minute American Stories, American Solutions television advertisement. It was shown on a large screen above the stage, where Jay-Z later held a free concert.[15]

The arena hosted games in the second and third rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on March 18 and March 20, 2011. Included in the field were the Ohio State Buckeyes, which have historically had a large following in NE Ohio.[16]

Rush performed during their Time Machine Tour on April 15, 2011; the show was recorded and later released, as Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, on November 8, 2011. The band stated that they chose to record their concert DVD here, due to Cleveland being the first U.S. city to give the band radio airplay and one of the first U.S. cities they performed in the early 70s.[17][18]

Upcoming events at Quicken Loans Arena include Arena Bowl XXVII (2014 Championship game of the Arena Football League), the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Regional Semi-Finals and Final, and the 2016 Republican National Convention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena)". Ellerbe Becket.com. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Project Management Consultants: Project Profiles - Ballparks, Stadium & Arenas
  4. ^ PCI Journal - March/April 1994
  5. ^ Quicken Loans Arena at emporis.com
  6. ^ "Central Market". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. March 25, 1998. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ Stoffel, Jennifer (June 13, 1990). "Real Estate; New Sports Complex for Cleveland". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Acclaimed Chef Michael Symon Brings His Signature Menu to Quicken Loans Arena, in Partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers and ARAMARK" (Press release). NBA.com. October 2, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Quicken Loans Arena could see giant HD scoreboard upgrade" (Press release). waitingfornextyear.com. February 18, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sneak Peak At New Quicken Loans Arena HD Jumbotron" (Press release). www.youtube.com. September 25, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cavaliers Announce Quicken Loans Arena Is Now Home to NBA's Biggest Scoreboard" (Press release). Bleacher Report, Inc. October 27, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters coming ashore this fall", American Hockey League, January 25, 2007.
  13. ^ "Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers Box Score". Basketball-Reference.com. November 8, 1994. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ 2004 Setlists at backstreets.com
  15. ^ "Jay-Z, LeBron James get out vote for Obama". MSNBC. October 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ "2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship". Quicken Loans Arena. March 19, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ http://www.music-news.com/shownews.asp?nItemID=38015
  18. ^ http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/tours/Tours.htm#debut

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Richfield Coliseum
Home of the
Cleveland Cavaliers

1994 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Orleans Arena
Home of the
Cleveland Gladiators

2008 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
E Center
Home of the
Lake Erie Monsters

2007 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
SeaGate Convention Centre
Host of the
Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Alamodome
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

1997
Succeeded by
Madison Square Garden