Tip-off time is set for Monday, February 5 when construction barriers will go up and work on the first phase of exterior renovation begins at the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. At a news conference at the arena Wednesday, CEO Len Komoroski called it the "pardon our dust" season as the organization begins the initial phase of the makeover with exterior work on the 23-year-old arena.
Work will begin on the north side of the arena with an expansion that will add a 42,530-square foot atrium space along Huron Rd. that will be enclosed by a glass facade. The south expansion will add 6,350-square feet to the arena’s main concourse.
Several new gathering areas, which the Cavs are calling "neighborhoods," will be created along the concourses to provide more space and gathering areas to eat and visit. The Loudville section of the upper level concourse will be opened into the arena bowl, so fans can sit together and watch the game.
Instead of replacing the 23-year old arena, Cleveland officials and the Cavs were able to agree upon a renovation plan that will add 75,000 square feet of space at a cost that is half publicly financed and half paid for by the Cavaliers organization.
The renovation is set to be complete in fall of 2019 and should extend the life of the arena. With that in mind, the Cavs extended its lease to 2034.