One Day Before NBA Deadline, Construction Begins at Quicken Loans Arena

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COURTESY: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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Via Crain's, construction has officially begun on the upgrades to and expansion of Quicken Loans Arena.

After a months-long battle in the court of public opinion and a successful ballot initiative (one that was abandoned when opposition leaders withdrew petitions late last month), the Cavs confirmed that work has begun.

Passersby will begin to see "fencing that has been erected to establish a perimeter for a staging area for cranes and for initial exterior foundation work that will transform the north side of the arena, along Huron Road and Ontario Street," the Cavs told Crain's.

The news arrives today, one day before a deadline imposed by the NBA. League officials had said that if construction didn't begin by Sep. 15, Cleveland would no longer be considered as a host city for the All-Star Game in 2020 or 2021.

The expansion is estimated to cost roughly $140 million before interest. The county is working on a new bond issuance — the last one fell through in the face of the voter referendum — but it's unknown when the county will have the money on hand.

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