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Cleveland: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (Quicken Loans Arena, Gund Arena)

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On 9/20/2019 at 4:02 PM, bumsquare said:

MLS isn’t a major sports league. It takes in 1/5 the revenue of ice hockey. It’s only the 9th largest soccer league by revenue, below the Japanese and Chinese leagues. 

 

MLS is a major sports league. Soccer is THE biggest sport on earth, and MLS is THE highest professional league in America. I also believe MLS has an extremely bright future which is backed up by so many billionaires from east to west now lining up to buy a team (including the owner of the Cleveland Browns) these folks are not stupid they would not drop 500+ million dollars on expansion fees and brand new stadiums if they thought the league wasn’t going to see significant growth over the next 5-10 years. Back to this arena renovation, it looks great, I can’t wait to see it in person to get a better look at it!

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Let's not sink into MLS vs NHL argument. But if it were up to me, Hockey is the best sport period.

 

To a RMFH standpoint, why in the hell did they say that they tore it down like it was completely new? That just makes me laugh so hysterically. Unless there's a new roof on the place you could probably say you tore the place down, but all bets aside I think the LED banner on the roof of the place is hideous and really serves no purpose unless you're in the air. Its like reverse Goodyear Blimp, but how many times a game do the cameras go for the flyby pano shot of cleveland? I would have liked for them to renovate the roof whether it was get rid of the LED banner or not, I would just like a repaint.

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My sister took this photo today...

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6 minutes ago, newyorker said:

KJP - I'm glad your sister took the pic given what I have seen from you my friend.  

 

I get compliments from people with a good eye.

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6 hours ago, viscomi said:

Are the concrete things in-between the bollards, planters? The Look like jersey barriers. 

Yes they are concrete planters/seating which are disbursed in with the bollards so that it looks a little better then just a long row of bollards to protect the building.

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22 hours ago, KJP said:

My sister took this photo today...

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Nice!! And just think how even greater it’s going to look with the SW Tower in the reflection too! (Hopefully) 

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On 9/28/2019 at 4:01 PM, CleveFan said:

Nice!! And just think how even greater it’s going to look with the SW Tower in the reflection too! (Hopefully) 

And HOPEFULLY nuCLEus too!!

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On 7/31/2019 at 12:11 AM, dave2017 said:

The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse signage was installed along the new atrium. I remember they stated the "O" in Rocket was supposed to be a solid led circle that could change graphics as to what was going on inside.  The installation appears that this no longer will be happening.

 

Walking by yesterday, and sorry I did not snap a picture, but the circular LED panel inside the "O" was illuminated as a basketball, so yes they do/will change based on what event is going on.

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4 hours ago, GISguy said:

View from the Westfield Champions Club (and lobby)

 

The block! So cool every pillar has championship tidbits on them

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Added a few more pics of the suite level
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I will say this....im not a fan of government helping out private enterprise in construction of stadiums, etc.  Private Enterprise in a capitalistic environment should be investing on their own and sinking and swimming on their own. However separating the two topics, the new arena really is impressive.  I went to Elton John the other night, the entire glass facade was illuminating in stunning rainbow colors, with a giant screen inside the facade indicating tonights event.  It was really sharp looking for the street.  The interior looks good as well.  I will be spending many nights at the new look facility in the coming years...it does do Cleveland very proud.  

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9 minutes ago, BelievelandD1 said:

I will say this....im not a fan of government helping out private enterprise in construction of stadiums, etc.  Private Enterprise in a capitalistic environment should be investing on their own and sinking and swimming on their own. However separating the two topics, the new arena really is impressive.  I went to Elton John the other night, the entire glass facade was illuminating in stunning rainbow colors, with a giant screen inside the facade indicating tonights event.  It was really sharp looking for the street.  The interior looks good as well.  I will be spending many nights at the new look facility in the coming years...it does do Cleveland very proud.  

I think the city was hoping that the refurbished arena would act as a catalyst for the NuCLEus project. Very convenient for a basketball fan season ticket resident. Hope it pays off. 

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37 minutes ago, BelievelandD1 said:

I will say this....im not a fan of government helping out private enterprise in construction of stadiums, etc.  Private Enterprise in a capitalistic environment should be investing on their own and sinking and swimming on their own. However separating the two topics, the new arena really is impressive.  I went to Elton John the other night, the entire glass facade was illuminating in stunning rainbow colors, with a giant screen inside the facade indicating tonights event.  It was really sharp looking for the street.  The interior looks good as well.  I will be spending many nights at the new look facility in the coming years...it does do Cleveland very proud.  

While I agree with you about the dangers of government malinvestment in the private sector, it’s the price to pay to maintain major pro sport city status. I’m okay with most of it. No one could argue against the Gateway projects immense impact in jump starting downtown’s revival. And also it’s role in attracting large events. RNC, multiple NCAA tournaments, NFL Draft, 2 MLB and 2 NBA All-Star games, also multiple NBA Finals, and 3 World Series runs. All events putting Cleveland in the National/Worldwide spotlight, all in a good way.

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3 hours ago, BelievelandD1 said:

I will say this....im not a fan of government helping out private enterprise in construction of stadiums, etc.  Private Enterprise in a capitalistic environment should be investing on their own and sinking and swimming on their own. However separating the two topics, the new arena really is impressive.  I went to Elton John the other night, the entire glass facade was illuminating in stunning rainbow colors, with a giant screen inside the facade indicating tonights event.  It was really sharp looking for the street.  The interior looks good as well.  I will be spending many nights at the new look facility in the coming years...it does do Cleveland very proud.  

 

We went to Elton John the other night as well, and my impressions on the renovation were mixed. We tried to enter from the Tower City tunnel, and there was a massive backup of people waiting to get in (or even to the screening area / metal detectors). Didn't matter whether you went up the escalator or the stairs, there was a long wait. Someone at the bottom of the escalators was losing their cool and began yelling about the length of the line.

 

One guard suggested quietly to us that we could go outside in the rain and walk "20 seconds down" and back in the next entrance for a shorter line. We did so, not a big deal — and once there, another security person said, "if you walk another 20 seconds around the corner, and there's an even shorter line." Again, we did so, and there, we waited maybe 2 minutes to get in. Not a big deal. But I thought the whole concept of the renovation was a better entrance experience. This was hardly that!

 

Once inside, the ebbing and flowing metal panels looked cool and I was impressed. Less so with the funky splotchy paint job on the up escalators (the orange/black/teal on yellow) ... I think that will age very poorly ... if it hasn't already. And the upper level concourses didn't appear any different to me, other than maybe a fresh coat of paint. (Although I don't know that anything could have really been done to them from a structural standpoint.)

 

Anyway, my overall reaction was a bit meh. It's nice, but I don't think it's $193 million nice. More like $25 million nice, lol.

 

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^ I agree regarding interior. You kind of have to look hard for the changes. Maybe more space in concourses and public art is neat but you have to look for it.  I felt the biggest improvement was the street presence

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I'll echo Paul in Cleveland. I also went to the Elton John concert and the entry from the RTA walkway from Tower City was completely backed up with hundreds of people just standing there. We waited almost 30 minutes to get to the top of the stairs. They were letting small groups in at a time through a single security gate and when we finally got up to the top of the stairs...a security guard said we could go outside and walk the 20 seconds to the other entrance where the entry was a breeze. Why were they not forcing people to do this to get people moving? Literally hundreds of people were just standing in the tunnel blocked and with no clue what was going on because there was no communication until you got to the top of the stairs. I was very disappointed to see that the renovation did not have better access from our public transit hub downtown. I hope they somehow can fix this...because it was a mess. Another black eye for public transit in Cleveland. 

 

Other than that, the renovation itself was quite beautiful! 🤷‍♂️

 

 

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If you haven't noticed they have removed the RMFH signage on the West and South side of the building. When that first went up I had never seen letters attached in the way they did it. It looked really bad. Alot of extra framing that was left exposed. So I saw a building permit for that about a month ago (can't find it now) that describes replacing the framing. I hope that's what it is because it did not look good. Here is how it looked 

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