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Design & Development

Cavaliers set out plans for world-leading training centre

Featured image credit: Populous

The Cleveland Cavaliers and design firm Populous have unveiled conceptual plans for what is claimed will be a first-of-its-kind sports performance centre and training facility.

The NBA basketball franchise has partnered in the venture with Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit multi-specialty academic medical centre, and real estate firm Bedrock. Proposed plans for the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center include the development of an interdisciplinary training centre, which would be located on the Cuyahoga Riverfront in downtown Cleveland. The Center would be the only Cleveland Clinic-backed professional facility to be open to the public. 

“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,” said Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers governor and Bedrock chairman.

“With this announcement, we are taking the first step in realising that vision by joining forces with Cleveland Clinic to design an innovative Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center right in Downtown Cleveland. This centre 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.”

Designed by Populous, the proposed development will anchor Bedrock’s Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan and seek to further solidify downtown Cleveland’s position as a global medical destination. The Center aims to cater for athletes from numerous sports. Through a revolutionary approach, the Center plans to offer personalised expertise in training, treatment, nutrition, and recovery from Cleveland Clinic’s professional medical specialists. 

Koby Altman, president of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, said: “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 life-span of their careers, and help them reach their highest potential. These plans represent a substantial investment in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship Culture.”

The Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan involves a long-term public-private partnership between Bedrock and the City of Cleveland. This plan features a vibrant riverfront neighbourhood with core-to-shore connectivity, new residential and commercial space, enhanced pathways to the riverfront, and transit-oriented development. 

“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,” said Tom Mihaljevic, managing director, CEO and president, and Morton L. Mandel, CEO and chair, of Cleveland Clinic.

“Our sports medicine teams are known around the world for treating and taking care of athletes of all abilities and ages; it would be an honour to grow this program in our hometown of Cleveland with two great partners as we engage in the revitalisation of downtown.”