Cavaliers ‘Bedrock’ of holistic growth plans


Cleveland Cavaliers new training center Image: Populous

The National Basketball Association (NBA) team Cleveland Cavaliers (US) and the Cleveland Clinic, a top-ranked medical center, partnering with the real estate firm Bedrock unveiled conceptual plans for the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center – a first-of-its-kind sports performance center and training facility along the Cuyahoga River.

‘Populous’ stated that proposed plans include the development of an interdisciplinary training center, which would be located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (US). The Center would be the only Cleveland Clinic-backed professional facility to be open to the public.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, US. The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. The 19,432-capacity Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse serves as their residence.

The 19,432-capacity Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a multipurpose arena in Cleveland, Ohio (US). The building is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Detroit (US)-based Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative City-building strategies, reaching far beyond the boundaries of bricks and mortar. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland.

Remarked Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers Governor and Bedrock Chairman, “This past December, Bedrock unveiled its visionary and ambitious Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan that will transform Cleveland’s riverfront into one of the world’s premier waterfronts. With the above announcement, we are taking the first step in realizing that vision by joining forces with Cleveland Clinic to design an innovative Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center right in Downtown Cleveland. This center will not only serve our team on and off the court, but it will create an opportunity for the everyday athlete to receive state-of-the-art care in Northeast Ohio.”

‘Populous’ further stated that designed by Populous, a global design firm experienced in designing world-class elite athlete training environments, the proposed development will anchor Bedrock’s Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan and further solidify downtown Cleveland’s position as a global medical destination. The Center aims to be a top-notch landing place for athletes from numerous sports. Through a revolutionary approach, the Center plans to offer personalized expertise in training, treatment, nutrition, and recovery from Cleveland Clinic’s professional medical specialists.

Kansas City (US)-based Populous is a global architectural and design practice specializing in sports facilities, arenas and convention centers, as well as the planning and design of major special events.

Christopher Lee, Managing Director, EMEA, Populous, UK, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

Commented Koby Altman, President of Basketball Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, “Our vision for the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center is to serve as more than just a practice or training facility. By creating a sustainable hub of resources to serve our players, we have an opportunity to retain and attract the league’s top talent, strengthen the lifespan of their careers and help them reach their highest potential. These plans represent a substantial investment in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship Culture.”

Shared Jonathan Mallie, Senior Principal and Global Director with Populous, “Alongside our friends at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bedrock and the Cleveland Clinic, Populous is proud to conceptualize a revolutionary, elite athlete training facility that will elevate the team, the community and the City of Cleveland.

The Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan involves a long-term public-private partnership between Bedrock and the City of Cleveland, which is an important part of the City’s infrastructure that focuses on sustainability and resiliency. This bold plan features a vibrant riverfront neighborhood with core-to-shore connectivity, new residential and commercial space, enhanced pathways to the riverfront, and transit-oriented development.

Shared Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President and Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair, Cleveland Clinic, “The Cleveland Clinic is proud to partner with Bedrock and the Cleveland Cavaliers to announce our intention to move forward with this monumental plan that will greatly impact the health and well-being of our region for generations to come. Our sports medicine teams are known around the world for treating and taking care of athletes of all abilities and ages, and it would be an honor to grow this program in our hometown of Cleveland with two great partners as we engage in the revitalization of downtown.”

Noted Nic Barlage, Cleveland Cavaliers, Rock Entertainment Group and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse head honcho, “After over 30 years of partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, the proposal for the Peak Performance Center represents the most ambitious project our organizations have ever contemplated. We have an opportunity to create an exciting project together that will impact our region for years to come.”

The Rock Entertainment Group is an American sports and entertainment holding company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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