Gund Arena's Floors Might Need $1 Million In Repairs

CLEVELAND (AP) - The terrazzo floors of Gund Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association since 1994, are breaking up and might require $1 million in repairs.

A 430-square-foot segment near the ticket window was replaced recently for $200,000.

Nearly 25 percent of the terrazzo around the arena shows signs of breaking down, according to officials with nonprofit Gateway Economic Development Corp., which owns the building.

Gateway officials, who blame the problem on poor installation, are investigating whether the terrazzo installer at Gund Arena, DeSpirit Mosaic & Marble Co., can be held liable for the repairs.

Mike DeSpirit, owner of the Buffalo, N.Y., company, said he believed the underlying concrete is sinking or moving, causing the terrazzo to crack.

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