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Quicken Loans Arena shut for upgrades

The Quicken Loans Arena has closed for the summer as work continues on The Q Transformation, the renovation project to update and modernize the almost 24-year-old arena.

The initial phase of construction began on the exterior of the arena in Cleveland, Ohio last February, and now that the Cavaliers NBA season has concluded, crews will also begin on interior areas of the facility as well.

The Q will re-open in the fall for the 2018-19 Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters seasons along with a regular event schedule, beginning with the Justin Timberlake concert on October 2.

The first and most noticeable sign of the 2018 summer construction schedule will be the preparation for the demolition of the North Bridge that connects the JACK Casino parking garage to Quicken Loans Arena.

The bridge will permanently come down next week. Construction also continues on the south side of the facility.

The Q Transformation is a major renovation project to update nearly 24-year-old Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and over 200 ticketed events annually.

The publicly-owned arena, located in the Gateway District in downtown Cleveland, is operated by the Cavaliers organisation.

The project is a partnership between City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cavaliers that will modernise the venue to maintain its world-class status, enhance the fan experience, and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community and neighborhoods and the region over the long-term.

The Q Transformation will extend the Cavs lease through 2034 and will bring an NBA All-Star Week to Cleveland.

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