Gund Arena is a 20,500 seat arena that sits smack dab in the midst of a resurgent downtown
Cleveland. It was opened in October 1994 as part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment
Complex which also includes Jacobs Field. This facility serves as the home of the NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the WNBA Cleveland Rockers and the AHL Cleveland
Barons. Also this venue hosts its own version of March Madness when the Mid
American Conference Tournament makes its way here each year and was host for the 1997
NBA All-Star Game.

The Concourses
Here at "The Gund" you will find wide and brightly lit concourses that are spotless when it
comes to maintenance. There are plenty of places to stop and fill your stomach during a
break. Be sure to check out the Panini's stand for a quintessential Cleveland treat. No need
to worry about delivery pizza here, it's DiGiornos!! Before and after the game pile on into
Gordon's Sports Bar for a couple of brews if you can handle the smoky atmosphere. And to
get that special Cavaliers souvenir, stop over at CavsTown near the Arcade entrance
where you will find enough items to buy to blow up your credit card.

Not to be forgotten about the concourses (as well as the arena in general) was the extreme
friendliness of the customer service here at the Gund. These people are to friendliness as
Conseco Fieldhouse is to sports arenas...the finest around.
"Excellence at Every Turn" is their motto and believe me they live up to it!!! Also the audio
broadcast of the game inside can be heard very clearly out in these concourses so you can
hear the voice of Cleveland icon Joe Tait describing the action when uncontrollable forces
pull you away from your seat.

The Bowl
The seating area consists of a 100 level and a 200 level. At the sidelines there is club level
seating with suites sandwiched in between these two levels. The seats are sky blue in
color to match that of the Cavs logo. Along the balconies that separate the seating areas
there is a truly eye catching  mural circling the arena that celebrates the Gund's major
tenants. With a Jumbotron overhanging the center of the building and dot matrix boards in
the corners, there no shortage of info available.

Retired Numbers/Banners
The Cavs have been in existence for roughly 30 years now and while they have not had so
much as an NBA Finals appearance this team has had its moments. There are banners to
celebrate the '76 Division Champs as well as many outstanding Cavs players from their
flashes of excellence in the mid 70's and late 80's/early90's. Names such as  Bingo Smith
and Austin Carr from the 70's go along with the more recent names like Price, Daugherty,
and Nance.

Extra Points
The Cavs have fallen on hard times in the past few years as a lack of talent along with bad
luck have kept this team out of the playoffs. Have no fear though as the presence of the
Ultimate Roadtrippers can do wonders for a team that is down and out as the Cavs won
handily, as they have each time we have been here.

Summary
The Gund is a pleasant experience and we'd recommend this place over the Jake and the
Stadium as the place to spend our Cleveland sports dollar. Amazingly enough the local
sports fans don't seem to be aware of the existence of this place. (It's just beyond the left
field fence at the Jake morons!!) It appears that if given the choice between watching a
wretched, hideous excuse for a football team, or sitting in nosebleed seats at the Jake, or
catching some great NBA action with plenty of good seats available the fans here would
rather deal with the first two. As for us this will be the first place we get back to when we
visit.

RA

Architecture 7
Food and team store 7
Scoreboard and electronics 5
Ushers 9
Fan support 4
Location and neighborhood 7
Banners and history 7
In game entertainment 5
Concourses/fan comfort 7
Bonus: LeBron James factor 2

Total points: 60



Quicken Loans Arena
#8



Gund
Arena   




Cleveland,
Ohio   




April 13,
1999




Washington
Wizards
at
Cleveland
Cavaliers



return visit



December
28,
2001



New York
Knicks
at
Cleveland
Cavaliers




renamed
Quicken
Loans
Arena
September,
2005