The Cleveland Gladiators announced November 28th, 2017 that the franchise would need to take a two-season hiatus from play in the Arena Football League (AFL) due to the transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and construction project and process. The transformation project will require the building to be closed for event activity in order to accommodate major construction elements during the summers of 2018 and 2019, immediately upon the completion of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA season in each of the upcoming summers. The arena will re-open for event activity with the start of the Cavaliers 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons respectively. The Gladiators expect to resume play in a thriving and stronger-than-ever AFL for the 2020 season.
The Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football League (AFL) franchise was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization on January 17, 2012. The Gladiators joined Dan Gilbert’s sports and entertainment family of companies based in Ohio.
The AFL Gladiators offer a high-energy, action-packed product that fits very well with the Cavaliers approach to sports and entertainment. Fans can expect ownership to provide a great platform for the team’s future success on and off the field, in addition to creating the same Cavaliers-inspired spirit of fun in a super-charged football atmosphere.
As the 2014 American Conference Champions and East Division Champions, the Gladiators hosted ArenaBowl XXVII at The Q, and finished third in AFL attendance, drawing 10,609 fans per game. The Gladiators began playing at The Q in the 2008 season when former majority owner Jim Ferraro relocated the team from Las Vegas to Cleveland.