Stadium Review: Quicken Loans Arena

Quicken Loans Arena, formerly Gund Arena, was opened in 1994 as part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with the adjacent Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians) in Cleveland. The main tenant of this building is the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, but it is also host to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL and the Cleveland Gladiators of the AFL. In its short history it has also been the home venue for the likes of the Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL) and the Cleveland Rockers (WNBA) to name just two.

Quicken Loans Arena, formerly Gund Arena, was opened as part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with the adjacent Progressive Field

Quicken Loans Arena, formerly Gund Arena, was opened as part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with the adjacent Progressive Field

Commonly known as The Q, this arena cost $100 million to build and seats 20,562 for basketball and 20,056. This makes it the third largest venue in the NBA by seating capacity and the seventh largest in total capacity. The location, and size, of the building means it is a frequent site for concerts and other athletic events, including the 2007 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Final Four and the U.S> Figure Skating Championships in 2000 and 2009.
The Q was built as part of the Gateway Project which looked to revitalize downtown Cleveland and give the city new life. It is built on the site of the former Central Market, a fruit and vegetable market which dates back all the way to 1856. Interestingly the venue was paid for entirely by a sin tax run by the city on purchases of tobacco and alcohol.
The Q has been upgraded many times over the years and, like many NBA arenas, one of the biggest focuses has been the scoreboard. The “Humongotron” as it is known contains 5,550 total square feet of LED technology, making it the largest HD scoreboard in any arena in the country. One of the tricks of the scoreboard is its curved faces which allow for excellent line of sight and viewing angles no matter where you are sat inside The Q. An addition part of this upgrade was ribbon display technology on the fascia and corner boards within the arena. The overall effect is that this arena has some of the best audio/visual amenities in the world.
In a bid to move away from the standard beer and a hot dog which you find at most sporting events the Cleveland Cavaliers partnered with celebrity chef Michael Symon to contribute menu items in the arena. Two of the restaurants in the arena were renamed after his Bar Symon and The B-Spot, while a number of his signature dishes were made available as catering offerings in the luxury suites. This effort to tie the building back into the fabric of Cleveland is one of the reasons that fans love to visit The Q on game day.
Courtesy of Aviewfrommyseat.com

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