What this announcement really needed was Emily Litella to come on and say, “oh, never mind.”
Just more than a week, ago the Cavaliers pulled out of a planned renovation of the Quicken Loans Arena (they were to pitch in $70 million of the $140 million total), doing so in a testy memo that might as well have been written in comic sans. The reason was a judge was going to allow a referendum to go through that would have put to a public vote the $70 million that the county government was going to pitch in.
Now, the referendum is gone and the Cavaliers are back in, the team announced on Wednesday.
“We are excited to confirm our renewed capital commitment of over $70 million to help renovate and transform Quicken Loans Arena – a tremendous publicly owned asset for our community,” Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski said in a statement.
What changed, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is the county agreed to put more money toward mental health and substance abuse crisis centers in the area. With that, the petitioners withdrew their referendum, and that got the Cavaliers back in because the project was back on their timeline.
Ground will break this September on the project, and with the renovations, the Cavaliers hope to land the 2020 or 2021 NBA All-Star Game. The Pistons and Kings, both in brand new arenas, join the Pacers and Magic as having put in bids to host those games (and that’s just the bids we know about). The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is in Los Angeles, while in 2019 it is headed to Charlotte.