Construction Set to Occur on Exterior of Quicken Loans Arena

Initial Phase of Construction on Quicken Loans Arena to Focus on Exterior of the Arena

CLEVELAND, OH - Construction on The Q Transformation, the renovation project to update and modernize the 23-year-old Quicken Loans Arena, will occur in mid-February with barriers to define the construction zones going up on February 5th. The initial phase of construction will focus on the exterior of the building and will impact the way fans enter and exit The Q for events, as well as vehicles traveling on Huron Rd. in the Gateway District.

Work will start on the north side of the arena along Huron Rd, and the south side of the arena facing Progressive Field. The north expansion will span from the corner of Ontario St. and Huron Rd. to the corner of Huron Rd. and E. 6th St. The expansion of the north side of the arena will add a 42,530-square foot atrium space along Huron Rd. that will be enclosed by a glass facade. The south expansion will add 6,350-square feet to the arena’s main concourse.

Quicken Loans Arena will continue to host Cavs and Monsters games for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the entire 2018-19 season, along with a normal slate of other scheduled arena events within those time frames. However, The Q will close for all event activity during the summers of 2018 and 2019.  As previously reported, the AFL Cleveland Gladiators, who play at The Q during the summer, will take a two-year hiatus.

In mid-2019, with the transformation complete, the newly renovated Quicken Loans Arena will re-open for year-round event activity with the start of the Monsters and Cavaliers 2019-20 seasons.

During the transformation process, the arena will be in a “pardon our dust” operational mode. Fans attending events can expect to be redirected to entrances and exits of the building, as well as alternate navigation routes inside The Q.  Outside the arena, along with wayfinding signage to direct fans to entrances, Quicken Loans Arena’s easily identifiable guest services representatives will be stationed to assist those coming to the arena.

While construction will cause temporary inconveniences, the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization is committed to providing a seamless fan experience and a high-level of customer service for those attending events throughout the renovation project.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our fans to accommodate the needed construction elements of the project that will ultimately sustain the long-term future of The Q as an important community asset,” said Len Komoroski, CEO Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena. “Our entire organization will work closely with the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Police Department and others to make visits to The Q as smooth as possible. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we build a better Q for tomorrow.”

OVERHEAD VIEW OF CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Work will start on the north side of the arena along Huron Rd, and the south side of the arena facing Progressive Field. The north expansion will span from the corner of Ontario St. and Huron Rd. to the corner of Huron Rd. and E. 6th St.

Overhead View

STREET VIEW NORTH ENTRANCE

In addition to Quicken Loans Arena Guest Services representatives stationed outside to provide assistance, there will also be directional signage to guide fans to the designated open entrances.

North View

STREET VIEW NORTHEAST ENTRANCE

The E. 6th St. entrance next to the Cavaliers Team Shop will remain open. During the initial phase of construction, the Cavaliers Team Shop and the Quicken Loans Arena main box office will be open during regular business hours and both will be accessible from the E. 6th St. entrance.

Northeast View

STREET VIEW NORTHWEST ENTRANCE

The North Expansion will span from the corner of Ontario St. and Huron Rd. to the corner of Huron Rd. and E. 6th St. Crosswalks on Huron Rd. to The Q will be redefined to direct pedestrians to accessible entrances into the arena.

Northwest View

STREET VIEW RTA WALKWAY ENTRANCE

Both the Ceremonial entrance located on Huron Rd. and RTA Walkway entrance located on Ontario St. are both open. The RTA Walkway entrance will also serve as the curbside drop off location for guests in wheelchairs and those with physical challenges.

RTA Walkway

During the initial phase of the construction process of the North Expansion, here is what fans attending events at The Q and those traveling Huron Rd. through the Gateway District need to know—

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

The North Expansion will span from the corner of Ontario St. and Huron Rd. to the corner of Huron Rd. and E. 6th St.

The south side expansion construction zone will have little impact on fans attending events.

ARENA ACCESS DURING EVENTS

Because of the zoned off construction areas, fans will be directed to open arena entrances and exits. Those attending events will be able to enter and exit The Q from multiple locations.

ACCESSIBILITY

During the initial phase of construction, in addition to the Gateway East Garage and the JACK Casino North Garage bridges that connect to The Q, there will be three entrances into the arena that will be accessible to guests in wheelchairs and for those with physical challenges.

For more information or questions about accessibility, or to request a curbside wheelchair escort call (216) 420-2320 during event hours.

ARENA ACCESS ON NON-EVENT DAYS

On non-event days, the northwest entrance (corner of Ontario and Huron) and the northeast entrance located on E. 6th St. next to the Cavaliers Team Shop (and across from the Gateway East Garage) will be open.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters and Quicken Loans Arena administrative business offices will be temporarily relocated to 250 Huron Rd. in February 2018.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS TO CHANGE ON HURON RD. (REDUCED TO TWO LANES)

The four lanes on Huron Rd. in front of The Q (from Ontario to E. 6th St.) will be reduced to two lanes. The two eastbound lanes closest to The Q will be closed as part of the construction zone.

During non-event times, the two westbound lanes will be split into one east-bound lane and one west-bound lane for vehicles traveling in each direction.

During events, both lanes will convert to one-way directional traffic.

The Cleveland Police will work to efficiently manage traffic flow during ingress and egress for events and will exercise judgement to change traffic patterns as necessary to facilitate a continuous flow of vehicles.

Fans should expect delays, prepare accordingly, and are urged to arrive early and allow extra time for parking and entering the arena.

DOOR TIMES: During the transformation project, doors for Cavs games will open TWO hours before tipoff. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the start of Cleveland Monsters games. For the most updated information and door times for concerts and other events, visit TheQarena.com.

The RTA Walkway that connects Tower City and Quicken Loans Arena will be open for all arena events. The RTA Walkway provides easy access to the arena for fans riding RTA’s rail and bus service to Public Square. The enclosed walkway protects from both weather and traffic. The walkway begins at the Tower City Center food court and ends in the lobby of Quicken Loans Arena.

PARKING

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Parking in the Gateway East Garage for Cavs games for the remainder of the 2017-18 season is at capacity and will be available for those with PRE-ASSIGNED PASSES and PRE-PAID PARKING TICKETS ONLY. Pre-paid Gateway East Garage parking tickets for Cavs games are sold-out.

For Cleveland Monsters games and all other arena events, parking in the Gateway East Garage will be limited and the public is strongly encouraged to purchase pre-paid parking available at TheQarena.com on each specific event page.

Additional parking options in the Gateway District

ABOUT THE Q TRANSFORMATION

The Q Transformation is a major renovation project to update the 23-year-old Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and over 200 ticketed events annually. The publicly-owned arena, located in the Gateway District in downtown Cleveland, is operated by the Cavaliers organization.  The project is a partnership between City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cavaliers that will modernize the venue to maintain its world-class status, enhance the fan experience, and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community and neighborhoods and the region over the long-term. The Q Transformation will extend the Cavs lease through 2034 and will bring an NBA All-Star Week to Cleveland. The transformation of Quicken Loans Arena will be completed for the start of the Cavaliers 2019-2020 NBA season. To learn more and view renderings go to TheQTransformation.com.

ABOUT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

Quicken Loans Arena—also known as “The Q”—is northeast Ohio’s premier sports and entertainment facility and major attraction for top tier concert tours and family shows, as well as home to the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 2016 Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters, AFL Cleveland Gladiators and the annual MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. Each year, The Q hosts more than 200 diverse ticketed events that draw over 2 million patrons to downtown Cleveland. Quicken Loans Arena is established as a successful host site for high profile events of international and national scope, including the 2016 Republican National Convention, the 2015, 2016, 2017 NBA Finals and the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships during the spring of 2018. In Pollstar magazine’s 2017 Year-End Report of Top 200 Arena Venues Worldwide for Entertainment Ticket Sales, The Q ranked No. 18 in the United States and No. 40 worldwide in ticket sales for top touring attractions. Visit TheQArena.com.