The 2020-21 NBA season may be a little different this year. Stadium seating at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will only be at 14 percent capacity, and more Cleveland Cavaliers fans will be watching from home.
Spending game day at home has more fans thinking about the ultimate fan cave, and some homeowners are taking action to build a sports room. In response to COVID-19 lifestyle changes, 36 percent of homeowners plan to fix up their homes this year as home repairs surge.
What are some of the best Cleveland Cavaliers fan caves and basements? Take a look at our seven picks.
1. Fan Cave Centered Around the Cavaliers Logo
Attribution: Man Cave Authority – Twitter
After descending the basement stairs, this fan cave has team memorabilia on the wall and a hat collection on display. With a Cleveland Cavaliers decal centered on the wooden floor, there’s no doubt about what team the homeowner roots for. The owner of this Ohio basement was psyched to have it featured by Man Cave Authority.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers Beer Cap Mosaic
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This fan cave owner took on a DIY project for his wall decor. Using 700 bottle caps accumulated by his family, the Cavs fan designed a pattern to support his favorite team. From a distance, the Cleveland Cavaliers logo is clear, but the close-up images show the variety of brews used to create the mosaic. Bottle caps include Great Lakes Brewing Company, New Belgium, Left Hand, Magic Hat, Lakefront Brewery, Sam Adams, Newcastle, Michelob, Dos Equis, and more.
3. Kyrie Irving’s Basement Basketball Court
Attribution: @MikeMiller_13 – Twitter
We got an insider’s look into the basement of former Cavaliers player Kyrie Irving with a video shared by another Cavaliers alumni, Mike Miller. In a makeshift basement basketball court, Irving plays Mike Miller’s son. Commenters noted the hoop set-up with a mattress being used to hold down the base and prevent any rough crashes into the wall. In a reply to his initial tweet, a follow-up video shows the two in the same basement two years later, and Miller’s son crushes it.
4. NBA Fan Cave with a Big-screen Projector
Attribution: g0atbutt – Reddit
This minimalist fan cave keeps the focus on two things. The basement has a huge screen for watching games and catching every play-by-play. It also has a wall showing some of the best NBA players. All 12 paintings on the walls have been hand-signed by the players.
5. Larry Nance Jr. is Not Moving into his Mom’s Basement
Attribution: @AshleyBastock42 – Twitter
Even though a basement can be the best spot for a fan cave, Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t want to live in one full time. When Nance was traded to the Cavaliers in 2018, he ran into an unexpected challenge. He has to convince his mom that he didn’t want to move back home. Even while Nance was out looking at rentals, his mom was sweetly suggesting, “Our basement is pretty nice.”
6. Cleveland Cavaliers Basement Fan Cave
Attribution: ROME RUSH – YouTube
This fan cave includes support for several different Ohio teams including the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Ohio State Buckeyes. The Cleveland Cavaliers team is well represented with wall decals, signs, and a painting the owner did in college. Undoubtedly, the best part of this fan cave video tour is the owner’s enthusiasm for how much he loves his basement. The setup also includes a 4K TV, surround sound, and theatre seats.
7. The Best Fan Cave Is Not About Memorabilia
Attribution: Becky Roach – YouTube
As building professionals, we can get caught up in a fan cave’s setup, design, and team gear. But as sports fans, we know the best part of a fan cave is watching your favorite team take the Championship. In this homemade reaction video, we see a family crowding around the TV to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Finals.
What’s In Your Basement?
Whether you want to use your basement as a sweet place to watch the game or for an at-home basketball court, the first step is to install a professional basement waterproofing system. This can help protect your fan cave from flood damage so your new floors, furniture, and memorabilia stay safe and dry. Waterproofing also improves the air quality, transforming a musty or damp basement into a place you want to hang out.
Contact Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection to learn the waterproofing steps to turn your basement into the ultimate fan cave.