Arena History

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The Cavaliers @ Cleveland Arena (4 seasons; 1970-1974)
Opened on November 11, 1937; Capacity (11,000)
First Cavaliers game; October 28, 1970

Regular Season Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘70-’71 15-67 11-30 3,518 (0) 8,429 (2/17) - - -
‘71-’72 23-59 13-28 5,222 (1) 11,178 (1/5) - - -
‘72-’73 32-50 20-21 4,548 (1) 11,044 (2/4) - - -
‘73-’74 29-53 18-23 4,013 (0) 9,149 (11/9) - - -
Total: 99-229 62-102 4,325 (2) 11,178 (1/5/72) - - -
*Number in parenthesis indicates a sellout

Notes: Lost opener against San Diego, 110-99 in front of 6,144 fans… lost first 11 home games and 14 of 15… first win against Buffalo 108-106 on Dec. 6, 1970… Walt Wesley scored a Cavaliers-record 50 points in a 125-109 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 19, 1971… had six game home-win streak, longest at the Cleveland Arena, from Feb. 24-Mar. 24, 1974… 8,829 fans attended the final game at the Cleveland Arena, a 114-92 win over the New York Knicks.


The Cavaliers @ Richfield Coliseum (20 seasons; 1974-1994)
Opened on , 1974; Capacity (20,273)
First Cavaliers game; October 29, 1974

Regular Season Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘74-’75 40-42 29-12 8,161 (0) 20,239 (4/3) - - -
‘75-’76 49-33 29-12 12,659 (2) 21,130 (2/8) 5-2 (6-7) 21,229 (6) 21,564
‘76-’77 43-39 29-12 13,913 (0) 19,783 (10/22) 1-0 (1-2) 19,545 (0) 19,545
‘77-’78 43-39 27-14 11,097 (0) 19,548 (12/28) 0-1 (0-2) 19,739 (0) 19,739
‘78-’79 30-52 20-21 7,942 (0) 15,209 (3/17) - - -
‘79-’80 37-45 28-13 7,873 (0) 19,912 (3/22) - - -
‘80-’81 28-54 20-21 5,475 (0) 20,175 (3/27) - - -
‘81-’82 15-67 9-32 5,769 (0) 13,457 (1/2) - - -
‘82-’83 23-59 15-26 3,916 (0) 11,270 (1/6) - - -
‘83-’84 28-54 23-18 5,075 (0) 14,517 (2/23) - - -
‘84-’85 36-46 20-21 7,902 (2) 20,900 (3/15) 1-1 (1-3) 20,900 (2) 20,900
‘85-’86 29-53 16-25 9,533 (2) 20,900 (10/25; 12/20) - - -
‘86-’87 31-51 25-16 10,905 (0) 20,103 (1/24) - - -
‘87-’88 42-40 31-10 12,313 (0) 20,900 (1/23) 2-0 (2-3) 20,047 (0) 20,068
‘88-’89 57-25 37-4 17,827 (1) 20,273 (4/18) 1-2 (2-3) 19,952 (2) 20,273
‘89-’90 42-40 27-14 16,969 (4) 20,273 (4 times) 2-0 (2-3) 16,711 (0) 17,106
‘90-’91 33-49 23-18 15,217 (3) 20,273 (3 times) - - -
‘91-’92 57-25 35-6 16,522 (6) 20,273 (6 times) 6-3 (9-8) 19,546 (7) 20,273
‘92-’93 54-28 35-6 18,329 (15) 20,273 (15 times) 2-3 (3-6) 19,309 (3) 20, 273
‘93-’94 47-35 31-10 18,383 (12) 20,273 (12 times) 0-1 (0-3) 17,778 (0) 17,778
Totals: 764-867 509-311 11,289 (47) 21,130 (2/8/76) 20-13 (26-40) 19,475 (20) 21,564 (4 in ’76)
*Number in parenthesis indicates sellouts

Notes: Lost to Boston 107-92 in opener, 13,184 attended, but went on to win next eight home games… won 12-straight home games from Jan. 17-Mar. 13, 1976 during the season known as “the Miracle of Richfield… A Cavalier home-attendance record 21,564 fans were at Game 7, an 87-85 win, of the first-round of the playoffs against Washington on Apr. 29, 1976, the appearance was the Cavaliers first-ever in the post-season… won a franchise-best 22 straight home games from Dec. 15, 1988-Mar. 2, 1989… “The Shot” by Michael Jordan ended the Cavalier season in Game 5 of the first-round of the playoffs of 1989… in 1992 playoffs the team sold-out seven home games on their way to the Conference Finals… Mark Price made a team-record 100 straight free-throws at home from Apr. 5, 1992-Feb.5, 1993… A sold-out crowd of 20,273 witnessed the final regular-season game at The Coliseum, a 117-91 win over Boston.


The Cavaliers @ Quicken Loans Arena (16 seasons; 1994-Present)
Opened on November 8, 1994; Capacity (20,562)
First Cavaliers Game; November 8, 1994

Regular Season Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘94-’95 43-39 26-15 20,338 (31) 20,562 (31 times) 0-2 (1-3) 18,963 (0) 19,352
‘95-’96 47-35 26-15 17,807 (9) 20,562 (9 times) 0-2 (0-3) 16,825 (0) 17,232
‘96-’97 42-40 25-16 16,895 (3) 20,562 (3 times) - - -
‘97-’98 47-35 27-14 16,942 (6) 20,562 (6 times) 1-1 (1-3) 17,841 (0) 18,188
‘98-’99^ 22-28 15-10 14,120 (1) 20,562 (3/18) - - -
‘99-’00 32-50 22-19 14,724 (6) 20,562 (6 times) - - -
‘00-’01 30-52 20-21 15,873 (4) 20,562 (4 times) - - -
‘01-’02 29-53 20-21 14,539 (3) 20,562 (3 times) - - -
‘02-’03 17-65 14-27 11,497 (2) 20,562 (11/9; 4/8) - - -
‘03-’04 35-47 23-18 18,288 (16) 20,562 (16 times) - - -
’04-’05 42-40 29-12 19, 128 (18) 20,562 (18 times) - - -
’05-’06 50-32 31-10 19,327 (17) 20,562 (17 times) 4-2 (7-6) 20,562 (6) 20,562
’06-’07 50-32 30-11 20,436 (32) 20,562 (32 times) 7-3 (12-8) 20,562 (10) 20,562
’07-’08 45-37 27-14 20,465 (33) 20,562 (33 times) 5-1 (7-6) 20, 562 (6) 20,562
’08-’09 66-16 39-2 20,512 (38) 20,562 (38) 6-1 (10-4) 20,562 (7) 20,562
’09-’10 61-21 35-6 20,562 (41) 20,562 (41) 4-2 (6-5) 20,562 (6) 20,562
Totals: 658-622 409-231 17,640 (260) 20,562 27-14 (44-38) 20,169 (35) 20,562
*Number in parenthesis indicates a sellout
^Strike-shortened season

Notes: Opened Quicken Loans Arena with a 100-98 loss to defending World Champion Houston Rockets on Nov. 8, 1994 in front of a sold out crowd…in 1997 the 47th Annual NBA All-Star game was played at the Quicken Loan Arena, Terrell Brandon was the lone Cavalier in the game and scored 10 points with a bench-high eight assists…Bobby Phills competed in the Fleer ShootAround at the NBA Jam Session presented by Fleer, Vitaly Potapenko scored six points in the Schick Rookie Game and Bob Sura was a contestant in the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk competition…on April 27, 1998 Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 86-77 for their first home-playoff win in their last four appearances…in 1998 due to the strike-shortened season the Cavaliers streak of winning 20 or more home games per season is snapped…on April 15, 2000 during halftime vs. New York the Cavaliers honored the franchise’s All-Time Team, consisting of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, Austin Carr, Bobby “Bingo” Smith, Shawn Kemp, World B. Free, John Williams, Nate Thurmond, Terrell Brandon, Jim Chones and Campy Russell…Gund Arena was re-named Quicken Loans Arena prior to the beginning of the sports/entertainment season of 2005-06…the Cavs reached the NBA Finals and hosted their first Finals game on June 12, 2007…over the past five playoff seasons, the Cavaliers have sold out all 35 home playoff games…in 2008-09, Cleveland finished an NBA-best 39-2, joining five other teams in NBA history to win 39 or more home games in a season…in 2009-10, the Cavs sold out all of their home games for the first time in franchise history…for the second consecutive season in 2009-10, Cleveland finished with the best home record in the NBA at 35-6.