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Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Grand Opening

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Few things in sports have evolved like locker rooms.

Decades ago, wooden benches lined often dank basements with exposed pipes.

Things have changed.

The renovations that Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse didn't spare an inch, and that includes the Cavs' locker room, which is now three times bigger.

Of course there's a state-of-the-art sound system and a new rug, a giant Cavs logo emblazoned in the center. Individual lockers look like five-star hotel closets, with etchings of Cleveland's cityscape. Doors slide out and over with no exposed hinges, and the shoe compartments have holes for aeration.

An LED board runs across the lockers. Cavs Coach John Beilein can control the mood through colors and logos. If the Cavs are having a throwback jersey night, the colors can shift. The board also can be used for crawlers, scores and messages.

"The coach has the ability to change the mood in here," said Zack Yohman, the Cavs' senior manager, corporate communications.

Lockers were paid for with 100% private funding outside the project's financing scope, the team said. Also, the Monsters have a separate, dedicated locker room.

The Cavs say it rivals any locker in the NBA, and that amounts to more than an arcane opinion. When a locker room is a second home for players, it might serve as a small extra recruiting enticement for players who are considering signing with Cleveland in the future.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse opened to the public Saturday, Sept. 28, after $185 million in renovations. A grand-opening ceremony and open house drew thousands. We’ve been exploring the transformation with a series of stories and photo galleries this week, looking floor by floor at the many improvements and exploring everything from new dining-and-drink options to the Cavs new locker room.

Here’s a recap of our coverage:

Overview

The $185 million transformation of Quicken Loans Arena into Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is finally complete, and fans headed to this weekend’s unveiling will discover a like-new facility. Pretty much everything surrounding the playing floor and interior bowl has been redone, from floor (check out the terrazzo tiles) to ceiling (heightened, you will notice). MORE ABOUT THE NEW ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE

Q&A with Len Komoroski

The overhaul of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse doesn’t just reflect a lot of expense and a lot of new new stuff. It also reflects a lot of thinking on the part of the Cavs. Cleveland.com recently sat down with Cavs CEO Len Komoroski to talk about the theories behind some of the big changes and little flourishes that the Cavs hope will give the place the feel of “Cleveland’s living room.” READ THE KOMORSKI INTERVIEW

“This Week in the CLE” podcast

Reporter Marc Bona has spent hours getting to know the new digs for a series of stories published on cleveland.com this week, and he joins cleveland.com Editor Chris Quinn and cohost Laura Johnston on the latest episode of This Week in the CLE to share his insider’s views. LISTEN NOW

Cost comparisons

The Cleveland Cavaliers say the multi-million-dollar overhaul of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the most public-friendly arena deal compared to other among recent projects in similar mid-size NBA markets. We take a look arena deals that have opened or been announced in the past two years. HERE’S HOW THE FINANCING COMPARES TO CLEVELAND

Floor-by-floor guides & photos tours

Level E: A photo-intensive tour of the FieldHouse’s Event level, which features floor seating, the Bacardi Ocho Signature Lounge, Chairman’s Club and Courtside Club. We also checked out the new Cavs locker room and other amenities. TAKE THE ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE EVENT LEVEL TOUR

Level F: A photo-intensive tour of the Everstream Founders level, featuring Founders suites 1-27 and banquet rooms. TAKE THE LEVEL F TOUR

Level S: A photo-intensive tour of the Street level main concourse, with portals 1-30, Members Lounge, Cavaliers team shop, restaurants and bars. Posting at 8 a.m. TAKE THE LEVEL S TOUR

Level C: A photo-intensive tour of the Huntington Club level, where you’ll find portals 40-49 and club suites 1-34, in addition to the Westfield Champions Club, Huntington Legends Club and east bridge to parking to the Gateway East Garage. TAKE THE LEVEL C TOUR