Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena often referred to as simply The Q, opened in 1994. The Q is home to the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, as well the Lake Erie Monsters hockey team and the Cleveland Gladiators Arena football team. The site hosts numerous concerts and other special events.
Originally called Gund Arena, after the former Cleveland Cavaliers owner, the facility was renamed in 2005 for the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans. The chairman and founder, Dan Gilbert, is the majority owner of the Cavaliers, Monsters, and Gladiators.
Quicken Loans Arena has 20,562 seats, 60 percent of which are located in the "lower bowl." The arena is 480 feet long and 440 feet wide and boasts a state-of-the-art 28-foot scoreboard. When the stadium seating is prepped for basketball games, the arena can seat 19,432 people, while the configuration for hockey allows an audience of 18,926 fans. The arena has 2,000 club seats and 88 luxury suites on the higher level.
Attending an event at Quicken Loans Arena is one of the city's highlights.
- Seating: The Q has two levels of seating, both accessible by walkways and elevators from the main concourse level.
- Security: All visitors must go through a brief security check. In addition, no bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches are permitted. Visitors cannot bring alcohol, bottles, cans, coolers, or sealed packages into the facility.
- Recording: No video and audio recorders, including GoPros are allowed in the stadium. Selfie sticks are also banned.
- Smoking: The Q is a smoke-free facility. There are designated smoking areas located outside the venue.
- Access: Gates open 90 minutes prior to events.
Quicken Loans Arena offers numerous ATM machines, concession stands, a full-service restaurant, a sports bar, and a Cavs Team Shop. The arena provides wireless Internet access throughout the facility.
There are two Guest Services booths with knowledgeable staffers prepared to answer questions or help with problems. The booths are located behind Section 100 on the Main Concourse on Level 3, and behind Section 200 on the Upper Concourse on Level 5.
Ample parking is available in and around Quicken Loans Arena. The closest lots and the covered parking lots charge around $10.00 to $15.00. Two to three blocks away, the rate is about half of that. If you go very early to the game, metered parking is available on the streets, but read the posted signs carefully as some metered parking is prohibited on game days.
Select area restaurants, such as the Great Lakes Brewing Company, just over the river, offer shuttles to and from the arena.
Special Events and Concerts
Aside from being the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena hosts a full schedule of events throughout the year, including concerts and sporting exhibitions.
Dining at The Q
In addition to the numerous concessions stands at the arena serving standard fare, The Q has several food offerings from award-winning chef Michael Symon, including BSpot and Bar Symon. These outlets offer brats, signature sandwiches, and milkshakes. There are also options for local brews and full-service bars across the arena.
Hotels Near Quicken Loans Arena
The Hilton Inn Gateway is located just across Carnegie Avenue from Jacob's Field. Other downtown hotels, such as the Cleveland Renaissance and the Ritz Carlton are situated within a short walk of the field. For a less expensive option, try one of the hotels at the I-77 and Rockside Rd. interchange.