Cleveland Cavaliers, Bedrock and Cleveland Clinic Reveal Conceptual Plans for Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center in Downtown Cleveland

September 21, 2023

Today, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Clinic, a top-ranked medical center, partnering with 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. Proposed plans include the development of an interdisciplinary training center, which would be located 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 today’s 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.

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.

“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.” said Koby Altman, President of Basketball Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.

Jonathan Mallie / senior principal and global director with Populous.

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.

“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, MD, CEO and President and Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair, 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 honor to grow this program in our hometown of Cleveland with two great partners as we engage in the revitalization of downtown.”

“After over 30 years of partnership with 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,” said Nic Barlage, Cleveland Cavaliers, Rock Entertainment Group, and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO.


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