The ground breaking for the Gund Arena, now Quicken Loans Arena, took place in April of 1992 and it took two and a half years to build the facility. Quicken Loans Arena officially opened its doors to the public on October 17, 1994 with Billy Joel as the grand opening performer.
Quicken Loans Arena and next door neighbor Jacobs Field (home to the Cleveland Indians) comprise the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex. This project marked the first time in the country that two sports facilities were constructed simultaneously on the same site.
Quicken Loans Arena is home to both the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, the Women's National Basketball Association's Cleveland Rockers, and the International Hockey League's Cleveland Lumberjacks.
Each year Quicken Loans Arena hosts more than 2 million people who attend close
to 200 events including CAVS and Rockers basketball, Lumberjacks hockey,
world-class concerts,spectacular family shows and signature sporting events.
Seating capacity for Quicken Loans Arena events is 20,500. Specifically designed to create an intimate setting, 60 percent of the seats are located in the lower bowl.
State-of-the-art technology enhances the sights and sounds of Quicken Loans Arena. ArenaVision is a four-sided, center-hung JT16 Sony Jumbotron video scoreboard that features image magnification, instant replay, and crystal clear game action. Four corner-hung "Fanimation" boards feature color matrix animation and provide game stats and in-arena messages. Quicken Loans Arena is designed for concert quality acoustical sound.
Quicken Loans Arena houses a full-service production facility which includes an on-line production suite, master control facility, TV and radio studios to provide video, matrix, lighting and audio services as well as broadcast coordination.
There are five multi-screen video walls located throughout Quicken Loans Arena that feature entertainment and sports highlights as well as upcoming event features.
562 television monitors are located throughout Quicken Loans Arena so guests do not miss a minute of the game action for entertainment during visits to the concourse areas. CAVS play-by-play radio broadcasts are piped into the Quicken Loans Arena concourse, elevators and restrooms for those brief visits away from your seats.
There are 92 suites in Quicken Loans Arena with 28 of the suites located only 15 rows from the arena floor. The remaining 64 suites are located 30 rows from the floor.
Gordon's Sports Bar is a full-service restaurant located on the main concourse of Quicken Loans Arena. Gordon's features a casual dining experience that the whole famliy will enjoy.
Quicken Loans Arena has a regulation sized practice basketball court that is a replica floor of the original CAVS main court.
CAVSTOWN is a 2,500 square foot team shop featuring a wide variety of CAVS, NBA, Rockers, Lumberjacks and other Cleveland sports merchandise.
The Underground Service Area (USA) is a world of its own beneath Quicken Loans Arena. This 55,000 square foot space can accommodate parking for a combination of 26 tour buses or semi-trucks and is used as a hotel for the circus animals.
Meet Me At The Market
In the late 1800s, Cleveland's Central Market area -- where Quicken Loans Arena stands today -- was the center of the city, a residential neighborhood and busy bazaar just a few blocks from the growing commercial district of Public Square. A gathering spot rich with history, it was a place your great-great grandparents might have gone to roam the market and talk about the day's events. Sadly, the life of the Central Market was cut short in the 1940s when it was destroyed by fire. Little was done to renovate the area in the years that followed. By 1990, all that remained in what was once a hub of activity was a long line of primarily empty commercial buildings and mostly underutilized surface parking lots. It seemed as if the excitement of the Central Market area could never be restored.
For more than a decade there had been talk of downtown stadium project. In 1984, for example, there was even a county ballot issue campaign to construct a 72,000-seat retractable domed stadium for baseball and football. Voters weren't ready, and they turned it down. That could have been the end of it forever. Many believed that would be the case.
To others, however, a lost ballot issue was not a lost cause. They believed in the Gateway concept long before the name Gateway ever surfaced. Principal among these people of civic vision in the late 1980s were former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, then Mayor and now Senator George Voinovich, former Cleveland City Council President George Forbes and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan. They kept the dream alive. They knew Gateway would be an essential building block for the economy of all of Northeast Ohio.
Today, at the corner of Huron and Ontario roads, in the heart of downtown Cleveland, is "Gateway," a 28-acre sports and entertainment complex made up of Quicken Loans Arena, its next-door neighbor Jacobs Field--home of the Cleveland Indians, and Gateway Plaza.
Quicken Loans Arena is in the forefront of sports and entertainment facilities in America. Its contemporary design, state-of-the-art features, awesome fan amenities and spectacular events is a source of pride and fun for everyone who visits.
Designers at Ellerbe Becket, a Kansas City architectural firm specializing in sports and entertainment facilities, and Robert P. Madison International Inc., a local architectural firm, set out to produce an entertainment facility like no other in the country. They wanted to avoid a cookie-cutter approach to arena design and gave Quicken Loans Arena a style that is uniquely Cleveland.
The Arena's enormous 108' x 48' bay window is a billboard for activity. It allows passers-by to see the action going on inside the building, while providing insiders with a spectacular view of Cleveland's Industrial Flats.
The sweeping roof line creates a sense of movement in the facility's design. The shape of the roof itself is the shape of the site rotated ninety degrees, and is a signature of the building's design.
The Gateway complex boasts one of the most exciting collections of public art in the country -- a real first for sports and entertainment facilities. CAVS principal owner Gordon Gund, along with his wife Lulie Gund, brother George Gund and business associates John Graham and Richard Watson, made the first contribution to public art at Gateway. It was used to fund two of Gateway's major public pieces.
"Meet Me Here," by Nancy Dwyer, a conceptual artist from New York City, is a seating element located near the ceremonial front entrance of the Arena. Dwyer also designed "Who's On First?", which is situated near Jacobs Field.
Angelica Pozo and Penny Rakoff, two local artists, worked together to make the history of the Gateway site visual in ceramic tile, using historical photos and other archival material. The tiles were incorporated into a bench that defines an area next to Quicken Loans Arena where trees are planted.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers began the 1994-95 NBA season at Quicken Loans Arena, the CAVS debuted "Arenavision" and "Fanimation" boards, along with other state-of the art technology. The CAVS were the first NBA team to implement the NBA Game Stats program, which is now being used by all 29 NBA teams, and were the trendsetters in relaying game statistics to their fans and to the media.
Quicken Loans Arena is equipped with "Arenavision," a four-sided, center-hung scoreboard that features image magnification, instant replay, and crystal clear game action. For fans in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena, Arenavision functions as the "play-by-play announcer" for each CAVS home game, displaying all of the close-up game action, along with the basic statistical information on the 10 players in the game -- player jersey number, points, and fouls.
The game action is augmented by the "color analyst," which is in the form of the four corner-hung "Fanimation" boards, which are color matrix boards that provide game and player statistics and animation.
The Fanimation boards are directly connected to the NBA Game Stats lap-top computer, which is situated at courtside, and run by a member of the CAVS Stats Crew. When each event during a game (field goal, assist, rebound, etc.) is entered into the stats computer, it is sent directly to the matrix boards, which update various stats throughout the game. Overall team stats, quarter stats, and halftime stats are among the statistics that are displayed throughout the game. The CAVS matrix board operator has the ability to use pre-programmed pages, or he may develop specialized pages based on the game's storyline. There is also a separate computer located in the matrix room, which allows the CAVS operator to customize each stat for the matrix boards. The matrix boards may include hustle stats, individual matchups by position, or updated stats for an individual player when he is at the free throw line.
Quicken Loans Arena was pre-wired with a token-ring hook-up, which enables the CAVS to offer stats monitors to media members located courtside, but it also provides for stat monitors and printers to be used in various locations off of the main floor. The radio broadcast locations are just 15 rows off of the floor, situated at center court above the first set of suites, however there is not direct access to the floor. Therefore, a computer, with a corresponding laser printer, is situated next to the radio broadcast location, which enables a member of the CAVS stats crew to print an up-to-date box score and/or a play-by-play sheet at each timeout for each radio team.
TV monitors are located in various positions within Quicken Loans Arena, where the updated stats screen may be viewed, including the television production trucks, which are located in the Underground Service Area, and the CAVS media room. The CAVS also provide a dedicated stats channel on the Quicken Loans Arena in-house television system, which can be accessed by any television in the arena, including monitors in each of the 92 Premium Suites.
ArenaVision: See the action at Quicken Loans Arena up close and personal with a four-sided, center-hung Jumbotron video scoreboard. ArenaVision features image magnification, instant replay, and crystal clear game action.
Bay Window: Wow what a view! The 108' x 48' bay window on the west side of Quicken Loans Arena overlooks the picture perfect "City of Bridges" and the Cleveland Flats.
Cleveland Sports Teams: Quicken Loans Arena is home to Cleveland's sports teams! The National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, the Women's National Basketball Association's Cleveland Rockers, and the International Hockey League's Cleveland Lumberjacks
Development: Start with seven acres of flat land, move 143,000 cubic yards of earth to dig a hole 24 feet below street level. Stir in 26,000 cubic yards of concrete. Add 8,000 tons of structural steel. The result, the spectacular Quicken Loans Arena!
Excellence At Every Turn is Quicken Loans Arena's commitment every time you visit.
Food Courts: A variety of tasty treats are available at Quicken Loans Arena's specialty food courts or one of 55 concession stands throughout the facility.
Guest Services: Everyone is our guest when they visit Quicken Loans Arena. If you have questions or need information please stop by one of our Guest Services booths so that we may assist you.
Historic Gateway Neighborhood: Anchored by Quicken Loans Arena, Jacobs Field and many downtown restaurants and businesses, the Historic Gateway Neighborhood is a growing area that is part of the downtown Cleveland renaissance.
Ice: Quicken Loans Arena is on ice for hockey and figure skating shows. It takes 434 pieces of subfloor to cover 17,000 square feet of ice on the arena floor for non-ice events.
Joe Tait: "It's basketball time at Quicken Loans Arena!" For 29 years, the "Voice
of the CAVS" Joe Tait has brought home the play-by-play action with his
unique style that makes him the best in the country!
Kids: Whether it's seeing your favorite rock star, sports idol, an Olympic champion or your very first circus, attending events at Quicken Loans Arena brings out the kid in all of us.
Lumberjacks: The exciting International Hockey League's Cleveland Lumberjacks host 41 home games at The Gund.
Meet Me Here: The "Meet Me Here" seating block structure, part of the Gateway art collection, is an excellent spot to meet up with friends. The artistic bench is located near the corner of Ontario and Huron in front of Quicken Loans Arena.
NBA All-Star Weekend: The CAVS and Gund
Arena were proud to host the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend. During the All-Star Game at Quicken Loans Arena, the 50 greatest players in NBA history were honored on center court during a special halftime ceremony.
Opening: Quicken Loans Arena officially opened its doors to the public on October 17, 1994 with Billy Joel as the grand opening performer.
Playground: Take a time-out for fun! Enjoy a CAVS game for just $10 in the spirited fan sections call the "Playground."
Rockers: Let's rock! Catch the excitement of Cleveland's newest basketball team -- the WNBA Rockers.
Sports: We've got basketball, we've got hockey, tennis, track and field, gymnastics and wrestling. Quicken Loans Arena's versatility makes it one of the premier sports facilities in the country.
Ticketmaster: The Quicken Loans Arena Main Ticket Office is a full-service Ticketmaster outlet.
USA: The Underground Service Area is a world of its own beneath Quicken Loans Arena. This 55,000 square foot space can accommodate parking for a combination of 26 tour buses or semi-trucks and serves as a hotel for the circus animals.
Video Walls: There are four video walls located around Quicken Loans Arena that feature event and sports highlights.
Walk - Walk to Quicken Loans Arena via the RTA Walkway. The 1,050 foot enclosed walkway connects from the Tower City Center food court to Quicken Loans Arena's front door. Take a scenic walk without having to step outside!
Xenon: The world's greatest performers are illuminated at Quicken Loans Arena through specialty Xenon light bulbs that are used in the 3,000 watt galaxy spotlights.
Year Round: Winter, spring, summer and fall ... Quicken Loans Arena hosts approximately 200 events a year and welcomes more than 2 million people through its doors annually.
Zamboni: This special vehicle resurfaces the arena ice to a clean and attractive sheet and controls the flatness and thickness of the ice for maximum efficiency.
On October 31, 1994 Erik Brown wrote: When I was back in Cleveland this past weekend, I went to the RB,B&B circus Saturday night. It was my first chance to see the inside of the Gund Arena (now named the Quicken Loans Arena).
My only real complaint about this place is the name. Why not Gund Stadium or Gund Garden or Gund Courts or Gund Coliseum or Gund Palace or Gund Penitentary or Gund Gateway Arena or ANYTHING. Gund Arena sounds like a social disease, even if you do pronounce the 'd'.
The outer concourse reminds me of a mall. There are plenty of shops, bars, fast-food-type resturants, restrooms, and escalators. It's nice, despite the occasional sight of the Cavs new logo (yuck).
The inside of the Arena is well done. Really, there's nothing remarkable (architecturally speaking) about the place that distinctly sets it apart from any other arena, including the Coliseum. But it's good quality.
The seats are slightly wider than normal arena seats, but there might be a leg room problem if you're over 6'5" or so. The seats are comfortable. They all point to center court.
The seating is symmetrical--basically identical from one side of the court to the other. The lower deck is surrounded by loges (sp). Immediately on top of the loges is the upper deck, so there's no annoying walk way between the two decks with people constantly walking. Plus, the upper deck is closer to the floor than in the Coliseum, adding both to the quality of seating, and the crowd noise impact. The slope of the upper deck is not as dramatic as Jacobs Field.
I didn't see anything that would obstruct the view anywhere in the house. One great feature is the absence of railings in the front of the upper deck, instead using 1 1/2 foot glass plates to keep the cheap-seaters from falling.
There are four instant-replay screens in the corners of the upperdeck. I think you'd be able to see at least one screen from any seat in the house.
There seems to be enough space for handicapped access, too.
The sound system is among the best I've heard in an arena like this. (But I just heard circus music, of course. :) ) The ceiling is lower than the Coliseum, so maybe it will be louder in general.
I couldn't get the feel of how an NBA game would be in this Arena, because there were only 4,000 or so at the circus, the scoreboard wasn't lowered, and the video screens weren't on. Plus the fans are a little less noisy at a circus than an NBA game. I think it will be a great place to play, though.
The ticket prices range from $48 (Nicholson seats) to $10 (way in the back, behind the baskets.)
The biggest plus about this place is that it is downtown. This is another big step in the revitalization of the city. I think the designers did a good job.
On Janaury 8, 1999 Bob Sheridan wrote: The Lumberjacks have averaged slightly over 9,000 per game the past few years, with crowds ranging from 5,000 early in the season to up to 16,000 in February and March. The capacity for hockey, by the way, is 19,941, which is the record for pro hockey in Cleveland, set on a night three years ago when the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders were guests. The drool factor hasn't been higher since.
Directions to the Quicken Loans Arena
(From Cleveland Hopkins Airport): Take I-71 North to Ontario Street exit (or East 9th Street exit). Proceed North on Ontario and follow signs to Quicken Loans Arena, located on the corner of Ontario and Huron, just past Jacobs Field.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
April 13, 1999 & December 28, 2001 - Gund Arena is a 20,500 seat arena that sits smack dab in the midst of a resurgent downtown Cleveland. It was opened in October 1994 as part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex which also includes Jacobs Field. This facility serves as the home of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the WNBA Cleveland Rockers and the AHL Cleveland Barons. Also this venue hosts its own version of March Madness when the Mid American Conference Tournament makes its way here each year and was host for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game.
|Quicken Loans Arena Ranking by USRT|
|Fan Support|| 4|
|Concourses/Fan Comfort|| 7|
|Bonus: LeBron James Factor|| 2|
|Total Score|| 60|
Here at "The Gund" you will find wide and brightly lit concourses that are spotless when it comes to maintenance. There are plenty of places to stop and fill your stomach during a
break. Be sure to check out the Panini's stand for a quintessential Cleveland treat. No need
to worry about delivery pizza here, it's DiGiornos!! Before and after the game pile on into
Gordon's Sports Bar for a couple of brews if you can handle the smoky atmosphere. And to
get that special Cavaliers souvenir, stop over at CavsTown near the Arcade entrance
where you will find enough items to buy to blow up your credit card.
Not to be forgotten about the concourses (as well as the arena in general) was the extreme
friendliness of the customer service here at the Gund. These people are to friendliness as
Conseco Fieldhouse is to sports arenas...the finest around. "Excellence at Every Turn" is their motto and believe me they live up to it!!! Also the audio broadcast of the game inside can be heard very clearly out in these concourses so you can hear the voice of Cleveland icon Joe Tait describing the action when uncontrollable forces pull you away from your seat.
The seating area consists of a 100 level and a 200 level. At the sidelines there is club level
seating with suites sandwiched in between these two levels. The seats are sky blue in
color to match that of the Cavs logo. Along the balconies that separate the seating areas
there is a truly eye catching mural circling the arena that celebrates the Gund's major
tenants. With a Jumbotron overhanging the center of the building and dot matrix boards in
the corners, there no shortage of info available.
The Cavs have been in existence for roughly 30 years now and while they have not had so
much as an NBA Finals appearance this team has had its moments. There are banners to
celebrate the '76 Division Champs as well as many outstanding Cavs players from their
flashes of excellence in the mid 70's and late 80's/early90's. Names such as Bingo Smith
and Austin Carr from the 70's go along with the more recent names like Price, Daugherty,
The Cavs have fallen on hard times in the past few years as a lack of talent along with bad
luck have kept this team out of the playoffs. Have no fear though as the presence of the
Ultimate Roadtrippers can do wonders for a team that is down and out as the Cavs won
handily, as they have each time we have been here.
The Gund is a pleasant experience and we'd recommend this place over the Jake and the
Stadium as the place to spend our Cleveland sports dollar. Amazingly enough the local
sports fans don't seem to be aware of the existence of this place. (It's just beyond the left
field fence at the Jake morons!!) It appears that if given the choice between watching a
wretched, hideous excuse for a football team, or sitting in nosebleed seats at the Jake, or
catching some great NBA action with plenty of good seats available the fans here would
rather deal with the first two. As for us this will be the first place we get back to when we
CLEVELAND ARENA TO GO TICKETLESS
July 23, 2009
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Cleveland, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers will switch from Ticketmaster to Veritix as part of
an effort to allow all fans to enter the arena without paper tickets.
Starting Oct. 1, Veritix will be the official ticket provider for events at The Q, including all
concerts and Cavaliers games. The change means all tickets to events there can be purchased
using Flash Seats, a Veritix technology that provides paperless entry to the arena and a Web site
for reselling tickets.
A fee will be charged for reselling tickets, but the amount has not be determined, team officials
said. Previously, someone buying a Cavs ticket from a season ticket holder on Flash Seats paid a 20 percent fee.
Event-goers will still have the option of a paper ticket that can be presented at the gate. Tickets sold by Ticketmaster to events held at The Q after Oct. 1 will still be honored and will not have to be exchanged.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is the majority owner of Veritix. The Cavs, Veritix and Ticketmaster
settled a lawsuit in May that paved the way for the departure of Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster's
contract with the Cavs, which controls The Q, was not due to expire until the end of the Cavs
Ticketmaster had claimed in court that the use of Flash Seats as on online venue for season
ticket holders to resell seats violated the club's contract with Ticketmaster. U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley agreed, although she left pending a countersuit by Flash Seats and the Cavs that claimed Ticketmaster was violating antitrust law.
All claims were resolved by the settlement. But details of the settlement between the Cavs and
Ticketmaster have not been made public.
Veritix has contracts with a variety of venues and sports teams around the country, including
the Pepsi Center in Denver and the Toyota Center in Houston.
October 29, 2009
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Iron Chef and Cleveland
restaurateur Michael Symon has put his name to a line of food being offered by Aramark at
Quicken Loans Arena. Only those in suites will find the duck confit sliders among their choices.
But those patronizing the new B Spot, off the arena's main concourse, will have access to Lola fries (served with rosemary) and the fried bologna-topped "Symon Says" burger offered there. The B Spot, named after the soon-to-be opened Symon restaurant, also has other more traditional
burgers, with prices starting at $7.50, and beer bratwurst with coleslaw and hot sauce.
CAVS TAKE WATER FOUNTAINS OUT OF QUICKEN ARENA
February 11, 2010
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Cleveland, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers say they removed all water fountains from Quicken
Loans Arena in an effort to improve public health and avoid the spread of bacteria and the H1N1 flu virus, based on advice from the NBA and the International Association of Assembly Managers.
However, officials from those organizations said that they are not recommending that fountains be removed.
"We have not made any recommendations for teams to turn off water fountains. That is strictly for teams to decide in their own market," NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said.
Harold Hansen, director of life safety and security for the International Association of Assembly Managers, said he has not heard of any facilities taking this step either. The association recommends regular, thorough cleanings of all hard surfaces but not removing fountains, Hansen said.
"We didn't issue advice on any specific actions," said Hansen, whose group represents managers of auditoriums, arenas, stadiums, convention centers, theaters, amphitheaters and exhibit halls. "The local health department is a much better source."
Team spokesman Tad Carper later backtracked, saying "It's a decision that we made, ultimately. We felt comfortable about doing that and that it was the right thing to do, and we still feel that way," Carper said. "We wanted to provide the healthiest environment we could for our fans."
Within days after the team's actions, it reversed the action and is expected to reinstall the devices. Ohio building codes require one water fountain for every 1,000 occupants in public buildings. That would mean 18 fountains must be reinstalled.
City officials said the Cavs must apply to the city for a permit to do the work. They said that the department could examine and approve this sort of application the day it is submitted.
March 4, 2010
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will install 18 water fountains to replace those removed from The Q before the Oct. 27 season opener, bringing the arena into compliance with the state building code. The team obtained a $144 permit for the work from Cleveland's Building and Housing Department. The team expects to pay $35,000 for the parts and labor. Although state code requires one water fountain for every 1,000 occupants in arenas and stadiums, the 20,500-seat Q is bound by state requirements from 1994 when it was built, said David Cooper, deputy director of Cleveland's Building and Housing Department. Until the new fountains are installed, fans can still pick up free water from water coolers around the arena. Even after they are installed, free cups of water still will be available at concession stands. Team officials said they removed the fountains out of concern for public health and the flu and not in an effort to sell more bottled water.