Quicken Loans Arena
SIZE / 815,000 SF

The Quicken Loans Arena is the proud home of the NBA world champion Cleveland Cavaliers. SHoP and Rossetti were engaged by the Cavaliers to create a bold new vision for the decades-old arena that includes a transformative building expansion facing downtown Cleveland, in addition to comprehensive interior upgrades. The strategy to reuse the "good bones" of the existing structure was highly advantageous from a sustainability perspective, while still allowing the arena to regain its prominence as a major civic landmark. The strategically-deployed new construction—a composition featuring a suspended curtain-like element that defines the main public zones—will increase the amount of pre-event space by over 300% and allow for daylight views into and out of the arena. The soaring new entry hall SHoP envisioned, a nod to the ornate market arcades found in downtown Cleveland, will make a dynamic environment for gathering before and after each of the over 250 events hosted annually, and establish as well an appropriately active public presence for the arena as a whole.