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Quicken Loans Arena

Cleveland, OH

Home of the Cleveland Cavaliers

3.9

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Quicken Loans Arena (map it)
1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115


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Year Opened: 1994

Capacity: 20,562

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The View from the Q

Located in downtown Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena is home to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Originally opened in 1994 as Gund Arena, it was renamed in 2005 when Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert became majority owner and overhauled the franchise. Popularly referred to as ‘The Q’ (thanks to Cavs color commentator Austin Carr), the arena is also home to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL), the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Basketball Tournaments, and the Cleveland Crush of the Lingerie Football League (LFL).

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The Q offers over 20 options for food or drinks. Prices for snacks and regular size beers are consistent with other arenas in the $7 range. The variety of options include Just 4U, which caters to fans with food allergies or other dietary needs. The Cavs provide a guide to their concessions on the arena's website if you want to research your options before a visit or via smartphone while in the arena. I attempted to purchase some nachos at halftime but this was a popular stand with somewhat slow service. I moved on to another stand and opted for popcorn. A movie-theater size bag is $5.

Atmosphere    3

The Cavs are building around young talent and suffering a lot of losses in the process. The arena was just over half capacity during my most recent visit in early 2013, but given the competitiveness of the game, fans were engaged for most of the contest.

The Cavs introduce the team with a lights-off video presentation followed by starter introductions accompanied by flames shooting out of the swords on the scoreboard. The fiery swords are a novelty as other arenas wheel out devices to shoot flames or shoot them from behind the backboard. This was not a "cavalier" approach to pyrotechnics.

My seat was in section 101 which was behind one of the baskets. My seat had armrests that looked gnawed. Additionally, the entire row of seats was connected by a support bar. Every time someone got up and plopped down, the entire row would feel it. This is something to consider in case of a return visit.

Given the amount of open seats, a group of teenagers moved into the row behind me as the game progressed. Their running commentary (while occasionally profane) did spur interaction with the fans around me, and did make an exciting game a bit more fun.

A major factor in the atmosphere is the crew that handles the in-game presentation. The Cavs played several humorous video and sound clips throughout the game after whistles for violations, free throws and turnovers. This particular game happened during the height of the viral Harlem Shake videos and the Cavs played one featuring their mascot and dance teams.

The Cavs have two dance teams. The Cavalier Girls and the Scream Team. The Cavalier Girls perform numbers during timeouts in various uniforms. The Scream Team features breakdancers, some of whom venture into the crowd and dance with fans, including the teenagers sitting behind me.

The Cavs mascot Moon Dog made a few appearances in my section to taunt free throw shooters or to bang a drum to prompt a defense chant.

Neighborhood    4

Cleveland's sports stadiums are primarily located downtown, with The Q and Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians) situated next to each other. They comprise the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex which was a plan to revitalize downtown Cleveland. There are several restaurants and bars on Huron Road East in front of the arena. Additionally, there are several options in the walking alleys between Prospect and Euclid, many of which are open after games.

During the day, walking through chilly Cleveland can be nice as I spotted and visited with a few unique restaurants and local shops. I only snacked at the arena so I could visit a ramen house called Noodle Cat for my post-game meal.

Fans    3

Cavs fans have had a tough few years since the departure of LeBron James. Kyrie Irving has become Cleveland's new hoops hero. In spotting the jerseys in the crowd, his #2 jersey was the most popular. However I did see one fan with duct tape over the '3' and 'James' of a LeBron jersey. That version was not available at the gift shop.

The fans around me were fun to watch a game with. The teenagers were mildly offensive, but knew their team very well, including a few new players who arrived via trade. There were a smattering of Spurs fans in the building and I did not notice anyone giving the Spurs fans in my section a hard time.

There are signs in the rafters that say 'Loudville.' The Cavs do not go overboard with loud music or artificial defense chants; fans do not seem to really respond to those things anyway. When the mascot tried to spark a 'DE-FENSE' chant with a loud drum, the crowd was a bit more responsive.

Access    4

There are hotels within walking distance from the arena in downtown Cleveland. You may consider paying a little bit more to stay somewhere in the city, and save any money you would pay for parking. It was a chilly evening during my visit and I walked (very quickly) to the arena and back. There are several parking lots around the arena with pricing depending on proximity.

Taking a cab to or from the airport is nearly $40 each way. It would have been nearly as cost effective to rent a car and drive into Cleveland proper. Keep this in mind if you are flying in for a Cavs game or other sporting event in the city.

Return on Investment    4

Quicken Loans Arena is a good value. It's clear the Cavaliers ownership group intends to be an elite NBA team again and they try to build a fun atmosphere for hoops fans in Cleveland. Even accounting for elite-team variable pricing, my seats were a good value for how close I was. The arena does provide a free game-day program.

Extras    5

The Cavs have six retired jerseys in the rafters: Austin Carr, Nate Thurmond, Bobby Smith, Larry Nance, Mark Price and Brad Daugherty. I did spot throwback Mark Price and Austin Carr jerseys in the crowd.

The Cavs have not won a championship in their history, but they have banners raised for their 3 division titles and Eastern Conference championship from 2006-07.

The team shop is rather large and I was tempted to nab a yellow Kyrie Irving jersey. The Cavs wore their home whites during my most recent visit, which just pales in comparison to their alternate yellow jerseys. The Cavs have a great selection of current and throwback jerseys in the team shop. The staff is friendly in the foyer and inside the store.

The Cavs do offer a free team app which is worth downloading before your visit.

You can find local radio broadcasts available on WTAM 1100 if you like to listen to the play-by-play while at the game.

**Jearold Hersey visited each NBA arena during the 2012-2013 season. For more on his journeys, follow his work on Facebook at We Always Win.

Some Clevelander help me out: What on God\'s green Earth happened on Tues.? Why did the home court a

Some Clevelander help me out: What on God's green Earth happened on Tues.? Why did the home court advantage not propel the boys to a win?

by jmccurdy | May 13, 2010 10:48 AM

The Q may be the arena I am most interested in seeing in 2010, if only because fans could be anywher

The Q may be the arena I am most interested in seeing in 2010, if only because fans could be anywhere from enraged to completely absent. Definitely on the early must visit list. Plus, I would love to do my part to visit the great downtown area that has emerged around the Q and Progressive Field. It would be a shame to see that revitalization get squashed.

by paul | Jul 21, 2010 07:23 AM

Area around - Progressive Field/The Q

Paul -

I loved the area around Progressive Field. The Q was right next door. I'm trying to find a website that captures all that (restaurants, bars, history). I found these two:

http://www.cleveland.com/gateway/ or maybe this one: http://cleveland.about.com/od/restaurantsandnightspots/p/efourth.htm

Neither of those websites really capture the 'feel' of the area (which is similiar to LoDo in Denver) around game time.

Maybe Daniel knows of better sites.

I just loved the area around Progressive Field before an Indians game. I suspect a Cavs game would be the same.

Meg

by megminard | Mar 08, 2011 04:20 PM

Airport to Downtown

As a Clevelander, I thought your review was pretty spot on. I thought it was worth mentioning the rail option for getting to and from the airport from downtown. For a couple dollars you can catch the Red Line on the RTA Rapid directly from the airport to Tower City, which is also connected to the Gateway to the Q and Progressive Field. You can access all the Rapid Lines in the basement of Tower City.

by apdh514 | Apr 22, 2013 08:51 AM

2014: Lebron, K-Love and Kyrie

I am a huge cavs fan and have been since I've been able to understand basketball. I am from Cleveland and have been going to Cavs games since I was 5, I probably went to at least 10 home games a year during Lebron's first stint, and maybe 5 or 6 after he left. Now, in 2014, the atmosphere is great as 20,562 pack the Q every game. There is a lot to do in downtown Cleveland, and I would reccomend going to Winking Lizard Tavern before the games if its not too crowded. But, the Cavs also have good food too. RTA is very accesible and Tower City also has a food court, it is connected by a walkway to the Q. Go Cavs!

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Crowd Reviews

Reviewing the Q

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

In the opening highlights on the JumboTron before the Cleveland Cavaliers announce their starting lineups, a video montage shows exaggerated versions of the players walking around the city, with buildings and landmarks being only a fraction of the players' enhanced sizes. Finally, when LeBron James crawls out of his legendary 110-foot billboard, you appreciate the imagery.

The Cavaliers really are larger than life in Cleveland.

An appropriate picture, since one of the themes revolving around the Cavs this year is "XL", as the Cavs celebrate their 40th anniversary in the league. And they're doing it big.

While they've only been to one NBA Finals in the last 40 years, basketball has taken over the predominantly football and baseball dominated city, thanks in part to two larger-than-life figures in LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal. With the Browns and Indians floundering in mediocrity seemingly year after year, the fans have rallied around the Cavs in hopes of finally landing the city's first championship in 62 years.

The Aftermath at The Q

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Quicken Loans Arena sits in downtown Cleveland right next door to Progressive Field, which is where the Cleveland Indians play baseball.

The Q, as it is referred to, opened in 1994 as part of a Cleveland revitalization project for its basketball and baseball teams called the Gateway Complex. This was a project that took older buildings and parking garages and built a new ballpark and an arena in their places.

Initially playing in Richfield, OH, the Cleveland Cavaliers played their games approximately 20 miles south of downtown Cleveland at the Coliseum at Richfield from 1974-1994.

The 2010-2011 NBA season has proved to be a painful journey due to the departure of the one who calls himself "The King." On February 16, 2011, the Cavs played the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant in front of a packed house that nearly tore down the walls when the worst team in the NBA managed to beat up one of the league's best teams, 104-99. And that was done only five weeks after getting smacked around by the Lakers, losing by over 50 points.

Cleveland Rising

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

The Cleveland Cavaliers have seen a lot of changes since a certain player made a certain decision in July of 2010. Most notably, the product on the court got pretty bad - and fast.

Fortunately for Cavs fans, help was on the way. After trading Mo Williams and Jamario Moon for Baron Davis's albatross of a contract and the Clippers' first round pick, and owning the second-worst record in the league, the Cavs netted the first and fourth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Those two picks became Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, and the rebuild was on.

Although there will be growing pains, and lots of them, the future is bright in Cleveland. And, it will play out at Quicken Loans Arena, home to the youth-filled Cavaliers. The Q is a top-flight arena, and shows owner Dan Gilbert's commitment to providing a slick and exciting product as the team on the court grows into a playoff contender once again.

Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

This is one of those arenas that falls right in the middle of what the NBA has to offer. Its not one of my favorite arenas but definitely not one I hate. Plenty of good options for things to do in the neighborhood as it is within walking distance of Progressive Field. Nothing extremely special but cheap prices and a grand view.

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Thirsty Parrot  (map it!)

812 Huron Road East

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 685-3200

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Harry Buffalo  (map it!)

2120 East 4th Street

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 621-8887

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Panini's Bar & Grill  (map it!)

840 E Huron Rd

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(216) 522-1510

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(216) 696-2337

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House of Blues Cleveland  (map it!)

308 Euclid Ave

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(216) 523-2583

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Lola Bistro  (map it!)

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Gillespie's Map Room  (map it!)

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Winking Lizard  (map it!)

811 Huron Road E

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 589-0313

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Great Lakes Brewing Company  (map it!)

2516 Market Ave

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(216) 771-2085

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Local Entertainment

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum  (map it!)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 781-7625

http://rockhall.com/

Corner Alley  (map it!)

402 Euclid Ave

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 298-4070

http://www.thecorneralley.com/

Lodging

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown  (map it!)

1100 Carnegie Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 658-6400

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=CLEGWGI

Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Downtown  (map it!)

629 Euclid Ave

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 443-1000

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