Quicken Loans Arena Rumors
The Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavs still refuse to share their visions for repairing and renovating the taxpayer-funded sports facilities they call home. Time is working against them. Cuyahoga County Council plans to introduce formal legislation Tuesday for a ballot initiative about extending the countywide tax on sales of alcohol and cigarettes, known as the sin tax, to pay for renovations to Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium. The current sin tax ends in 2015. The introduction of the legislation sets the stage for a Jan. 21 hearing for the teams. But, as of Friday, neither the Cavs nor Indians would commit to attending the hearing, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Browns are largely irrelevant in the discussion since the team already cut a deal with the City of Cleveland that is not dependent on a sin tax extension. County Council has only until Feb. 5 to decide to put the sin tax extension on the May ballot.
The Cavs organization also formed an internal committee to study the Q’s needs and to dream about improving the fan experience. I’ve learned a few things about the items that have been under consideration by the Cavs. These included a new roof, a major redesign of the arena’s entrances that might include an atrium, of sorts, and a new HD scoreboard. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who is part owner of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland across the street, is said to be willing to kick in some of his own money.