If you've been to a Cavaliers game, you're familiar with QTube. It's time could be coming to an end.
According to Kevin Kleps of Crain's Cleveland Business Gateway Economic Development Corp -- the company that owns both Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field -- has approved close to $23.1 million in improvements to the Q that the team requested, the largest chunk being close to $10 million for a new state of the art video display system. This comes as no surprise, as team owner Dan Gilbert has been a vocal admirer of new HD screens in Houston's Toyota Center, Indiana's Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium.
Team officials have ambitiously planned to have the project completed by the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, which will see them debut at the Q on October 5th for a preseason contest against Head Coach David Blatt's former team, Macabbi Tel Aviv.
According to board members for Gateway no bids have been submitted yet. As the team has not released any plans or concept designs, it is unclear if we have seen the last of the fire breathing swords that adorn the current system.
Breaking down the $23 million from the article:
In addition to the scoreboard, the Cavs are seeking $4,174,050 for a new roof, $3.09 million for a security system, $4,645,828 for a video production control room and $1.8 million for a sound system for The Q’s bowl.
The Cavs hope to have the roof and security system done by June 2015, but they want the three technological upgrades ready for the start of the season.
Assuming the new screen will employ a different setup of some sort, we bid thee well, Q-Tube.