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Cavaliers Show Off Quicken Loans Arena Construction Work

Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski speaks to media outside Quicken Loans Arena. [Nick Castele / ideastream]
Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski speaks to media outside Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday offered a look at their progress overhauling Quicken Loans Arena.

The project will add a glass atrium to the arena entrance and open up the concourse inside. The upper deck will get a new bar overlooking the court. A weight room will become a lounge.

Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said the team is revamping the food options, too.

“How can we take what was a belly-up food and beverage experience, create neighborhoods and destinations where people can enjoy the experience,” he said. “And not have to do that against a wall, on top of a trash can or in my seat.”

Cuyahoga County borrowed $140 million for the project. The Cavs will pay back half of that and have chipped in another $45 million for construction.

The public is on the hook for the other half of the bonds, drawing on arena admission taxes, the hotel bed tax and other sources.

Construction is expected to end by October 2019.

See photos from the tour below. 

Workers at the northwest entrance to Quicken Loans Arena. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

A glass atrium will enclose the space along Huron Road at the arena entrance. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

Workers prepare one of the new interior spaces in the arena. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

Reporters tour a part of the arena where suites have been turned into a larger club area. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

Cavs CEO Len Komoroski speaks in front of a concession stand at the arena. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

A worker prepares a wall of electronics in the arena media room. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

Nick Castele is a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media.