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Volume 25 No. 196

Facilities

Reducing the arena's capacity to under 20,000 follows a recent league-wide trend
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The renovated Quicken Loans Arena will have about 1,000 "fewer seats" when it re-opens in the fall of '19, according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. The Cavaliers have been "cautious about saying what the capacity would be" for the renovated venue. Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski said that the arena's capacity would be reduced "to the mid-19,000 range." Reducing the capacity under 20,000 "follows a leaguewide trend." Five NBA arenas "currently have a capacity above 20,000." Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have "committed an additional" $45M to the renovation of the arena, which will now cost $185M in total -- $115M of which will be "covered by the team." Komoroski said that the renovations also will add a "Saucy Brew Works pub in the south end of the arena," and a "Wine & Gold United Club will be located in the northwest corner of The Q." That area will also be "home to the 43,530-square-foot atrium," which will be "enclosed by the glass facade." Komoroski said that area should be "pretty much done" by the end of the '18-19 season (CRAINSCLEVELAND.com, 9/18).

STILL ON BUDGET: In Cleveland, Courtney Astolfi notes included in the extra $45M is a "total overhaul" of the Cavs locker room. Officials said that it will be "ready before the start" of this NBA season. Komoroski said that other improvements are "related to extra upgrades for the audio/visual equipment, LED lighting, and multi-media improvements." Cavs Exec VP/Communications Tad Carper said that the project "did not generate" $45M in cost overruns, but rather that the team "opted to invest the extra money to improve upon the already-planned upgrades" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/19).

The $1.2B Globe Life Field is still on track to open ahead of the '20 MLB season
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MLB Rangers officials, construction project leaders and architects yesterday got together to "congratulate construction workers on reaching 1 million work hours and to provide an update" on Globe Life Field's progress, according to Loyd Brumfield of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Fans will be "much closer to the base paths when the Rangers take the field" for the '20 season. The main concourse "will be 160 feet away from the field, compared to the 174-foot difference separating the field at Globe Life Park from the main concourse." Architectural firm HKS Principal John Hutchings said, "We really wanted this to be an intimate experience." Brumfield notes Globe Life Field planners "took a long look" at the Braves' SunTrust Park in planning. Rangers Exec VP/Communications John Blake said, "You are really close in Atlanta." He added that Globe Life Field "will be a 'much more vertical' park than Globe Life Park." Though it will have a retractable roof, it "won't be dark like other parks with that feature." Hutchings: "One thing we are really going to emphasize is transparency." He added, "This place is going to be light; it's going to be airy." Brumfield notes Globe Life Field will remedy the darkness with "glass facades around much of the park." Rangers Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick said, "We're going to try our best to make it look like you're experiencing a game in the outdoors" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/19).

ALL ABOUT TIMING: In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the construction of the retractable roof is the "part of the project that will be most difficult and where the most risk to the timeline can be found." The Rangers "expect that they should know whether there will be any potential delays" to the '20 opening by November '19. One of the world’s largest cranes will be "put in place next month to begin the heavier lifting on the retractable roof." There are "significant monitory penalties in place for each day that the Rangers are not allowed to take occupancy of the new ballpark." That is motivation enough, but Manhattan Construction VP/Operations Jim Cuddihee has "another goal in mind." He wants an "event at Globe Life Field shortly after the construction’s planned end date of March 1, 2020." Rangers officials have "met with entertainers not only to serve as the opening act for Globe Life Field, as George Strait was at AT&T Stadium, but to serve as a swan song for Globe Life Park." The Rangers might also "schedule exhibition games for the new ballpark" just prior to Opening Day '20 as a "soft open and ask MLB to let them open the season on the road to give them a week to fix any kinks" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/19).