CLEVELAND — There was something special about The Coliseum.
Located in the middle of nowhere on Route 303 and I-271 in Richfield, it wasn't easy to get to for many in Northeast Ohio. It wasn't easy to get in and out of the facility after sporting events and concerts. There wasn't much to do in and around the building in terms of restaurants or shopping.
The Coliseum was what it was. Nothing more, nothing less. But we loved it just the same.
It's been 25 years since the Cavaliers packed up from Richfield and headed north to play in what was known originally as Gund Arena, then Quicken Loans Arena, and now, the newly renovated and re-named Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
After the Cavaliers and Lumberjacks left, the Coliseum slowly passed into history, finally being demolished in 1999.
As we celebrate a new Cavs season in their refurbished venue, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at their former home. I loved the Coliseum and have many wonderful memories of attending Cavs games there with my Dad. Others remember the Coliseum because of concerts they attended there, or for Cleveland Force soccer games, hockey games, wrestling matches, and so on.
Let us know your memories of the Coliseum. You can write us on Facebook and Instagram, tweet at me at @dinocleveland, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll have a story on the Coliseum coming up soon and I'd love to use some of your stories and memories in it.