This Old House - Sports Illustrated Vault | SI.com
Publish date:

This Old House

The Cavs want to remodel again, but these domes are older
Author:

IT'S BEEN 12 years since Quicken Loans Arena underwent a $50 million renovation—complete with wine-colored seats, new locker rooms, state-of-the-art scoreboards and new suites—but Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is ready for another revamp, and he wants the people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to pay half of the $140 million price tag. On Aug. 11, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the proposal could proceed toward a public vote. In a county where 18.2% of residents live below the poverty line, that was something Gilbert had hoped to avoid. Plus, Quicken Loans isn't even close to being the oldest NBA venue.

WELLS FARGO CENTER, 76ERS

OPENED: AUGUST 1996

TOTAL COST: $210 million

FUN FACT: Sixers second-year forward Ben Simmons was born in July 1996.

PLANS TO REMODEL: Nothing confirmed, though a new scoreboard was added and suites were updated in 2006.

CAPITAL ONE ARENA, WIZARDS

OPENED: DECEMBER 1997

TOTAL COST: $260 million

FUN FACT: Installed the first "true indoor high-definition LED scoreboard" in 2007.

PLANS: The Wizards will unveil updated technology within the arena this season.

PEPSI CENTER, NUGGETS

OPENED: OCTOBER 1999

TOTAL COST: $187 million

FUN FACT: The first event it hosted was a Celine Dion concert.

PLANS: None

BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE, PACERS

OPENED: NOVEMBER 1999

TOTAL COST: $183 million

FUN FACT: Pacers coach Nate McMillan retired as a player the season before it debuted.

PLANS: It's in the midst of a 10-year, $26.5 million tweak, which began in 2014.

AMERICANAIRLINES ARENA, HEAT

OPENED: DECEMBER 1999

TOTAL COST: $213 million

FUN FACT: "Believe" by Cher was Billboard's No. 1 song in the U.S. the year it opened.

PLANS: None