Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH
The site of 1999’s No Mercy – Cleveland’s Gund Arena – was also the home of SummerSlam in 1996, when Shawn Michaels overcame the odds against Vader; InVasion in 2001; Survivor Series in 2004; and several RAW and SmackDown events. Today, the arena is called the Quicken Loans Arena, or “The Q,” as it was renamed in August 2005.
The arena opened its doors on Oct. 17, 1994, with a concert by Billy Joel. Each year, more than 1.5 million spectators attend sports and entertainment events at The Q in the heart of downtown Cleveland’s historic Gateway Neighborhood. Quicken Loans Arena is home to the National Basketball League’s Cavaliers, and it was recently announced that the American Hockey League’s Utah Grizzlies will move to Cleveland to play at the Quicken Loans Arena. Since 2000, the Mid-American Conference men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments have been at The Q. The more than 20,000-seat arena also hosted the 2000 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 1997 NBA All-Star Game.
Cleveland, Ohio’s second largest city, has more than 478,000 inhabitants. The Forest City is on the southern shore of Lake Erie in northeast Ohio, and it was ranked one of the most livable cities by The Economist in 2005. Notable Cleveland attractions include Jacobs Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Indians; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Great Lakes Science Center; the USS Cod, a World War II submarine; and the Playhouse Square Center, the second largest theater complex in the United States, behind New York City’s Lincoln Center. The countywide nature preserve, Cleveland Metroparks system (or the “Emerald Necklace”) includes four parks in the city, including the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which boasts the biggest collection of primates of any U.S. zoo.
When the Ohio and Erie Canal opened in the 1800s, Cleveland became one of the United States’ manufacturing centers. The city is home to large businesses, such as Sherwin-Williams and KeyCorp. The highly-regarded and world-famous Cleveland Clinic medical center is the area’s biggest employer. Several colleges and universities in the area include the private research and teaching institution, Case Western University; the Cleveland Institute of Art; and Cleveland State University.
Cleveland was the location for several movies, including the upcoming Spider-Man 3, A Christmas Story, the Academy Award-winning The Deer Hunter, and The Fortune Cookie; and the popular sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, which starred the Cleveland native comedian. Comic book character, Superman, was born in Cleveland. The city is also home to the National Football League’s Browns.