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Little Caesars Arena Opens to Major Excitement in Detroit

It was with a heavy heart that Hockey Town said goodbye to the iconic and beloved Joe Louis arena earlier this year. Never fear, though, the Red Wings will have a newer, bigger, and better home courtesy of Detroit royalty, the Ilitch family. Patriarch Mike is no longer with us, but it’s somehow fitting that the next generation, namely CEO Christopher Ilitch, ushers in a new era for the city’s namesake sport with the Little Caesars Arena, which enjoyed a much-anticipated ribbon-cutting on August 6, 2017

The Little Caesars Arena is in good company, built within just a few blocks of Comerica Park where the Tigers play, and Ford Field, where the Lions play. The Pistons will also call the Little Caesars Arena home, meaning that those who enjoy apartment living in the area should have no trouble popping in to see all of their favorite sporting events.

Said Christopher Ilitch, “We put our heart and soul into something truly spectacular for the people of this city, state and region.” Even with seating capacity for 20,000 hockey fans (or 21,000 basketball fans), the new stadium is just a small part of a larger plan for revitalizing downtown Detroit.

The $863 million arena is a big step in the District Detroit plan, a 50-block development set to rival major urban centers like New York’s Times Square and L.A. Live in Los Angeles. When complete, the project is expected to bring in tens of thousands of customers, both local residents and tourists alike, to take advantage of restaurants, bars, shopping, and of course, sporting venues. This, in turn, will contribute to the growing job market and the revitalization of this Michigan city.

It’s no wonder, then, that there’s been so much support for the Little Caesars Arena. With a crowd of spectators cheering and confetti flying, Ilitch was joined by Pistons owner Tom Gores, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and City Council President Brenda Jones, among other notables, to cut the ribbon and open the new arena. Said Duggan, “This arena is woven into the urban fabric of this city.”

On hand for the opening ceremony was the Cass Tech Band, but loft living residents in the area are likely looking forward to this weekend, when Michigan native Kid Rock will pack the new arena for the first official gig on September 12. Until then, the public can take advantage of tours to get a gander at the arena first-hand.

Area residents are excited not only for the arena, but the larger plan for District Detroit and what it means for the region. Many are pleased with the investment in the city, which has suffered serious setbacks over the last couple of decades. As for the new arena, design firm HOK took pains to ensure that the building blends in seamlessly with the urban landscape, setting the playing surface 40 feet below street level to give the building a low profile.

Sports fans, residents, and politicians alike have expressed support for the arena and District Detroit in general. As for neighbors seeking apartment tips to deal with the anticipated growth in the area, the best bet is to get out and explore the new District Detroit.

Posted on September 15th, 2017 in: Detroit, Detroit Sports with the tags: ,

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