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September 21, 2023/News Releases

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

Proposed facility would be one of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge interdisciplinary training centers, solidifying Cleveland's position as a global sports science and wellness destination

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Today, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Clinic, a top-ranked medical center, partnering with Bedrock real estate, unveiled conceptual plans for the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center – a first-of-its-kind sports performance center and training facility. Proposed plans include the development of an interdisciplinary training center, 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 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.

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.


CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Susan Oguche, soguche@cavs.com


BEDROCK: Lora Brand, LoraBrand@bedrockdetroit.com

POPULOUS: Weston Owen, weston.owen@populous.com


Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,699-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.


The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA Champions and the 2007, 2015-2018 Eastern Conference champions. The team plays and operates Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse are part of Rock Entertainment Group. The Group also includes the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL, the Cleveland Charge of the NBA G League, Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League, Legion Lair Lit by TCP home of Cavs Legion in Cleveland, and Cleveland Clinic Courts.

The Cavaliers are frequently recognized for their extensive community support and engagement programs and contributions, workplace diversity and inclusion leadership, and an on-going economic impact that now registers in the billions of dollars locally. Dan Gilbert is Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert and his Family of Companies have now invested over $1.6 billion in Cleveland. Gilbert is also Founder and Chairman of Rocket Mortgage, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and Founder and Chairman of ROCK, the For-More-Than-Profit Family Office for the Gilberts and their Family of Companies. Nic Barlage is the Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Rock Entertainment Group CEO, and the Cavaliers team is led by President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman, General Manager Mike Gansey and Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff.


Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative city-building strategies. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building.

Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 19 million square feet of office, retail, residential, industrial and hospitality space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.

For more information on Bedrock’s projects, visit bedrockdetroit.com or engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Formed in 2021, Rock Entertainment Group (REG) is the corporate umbrella for the Dan Gilbert Family of Companies (FOC) sports and entertainment properties. REG includes the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters, NBA G League Cleveland Charge and Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League. REG also operates Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Legion Lair Lit by TCP in Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavs training and development center in Independence, Ohio.

A transformative leader in sports and entertainment, Rock Entertainment Group is also a premium experience provider that offers clients and partners an integrated business platform to bring their vision and ideas to life. REG provides expertise in marketing, sponsorship, event planning, hospitality, customer service, production, and operations as the full-service solution to drive commercial growth. REG’s portfolio includes global esports and gaming lifestyle brand 100 Thieves, and Tennis in the Land, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 250 tournament and the largest annual women’s sporting event in Ohio. For more information, visit https://www.rockeg.com


Populous is a global design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like the Olympics, World Cups and Super Bowls. Over the last 40 years, the firm has designed more than 3,000 projects worth $40 billion at the intersection of sports, entertainment, arts and culture. Populous’ comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, event planning and overlay, branded environments, wayfinding and graphics, planning and urban design, landscape architecture, aviation and transport design, hotels and hospitality, and sustainable design consulting. Populous has offices on four continents with regional centers in Kansas City, London and Brisbane. For more information visit www.populous.com.

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