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Events Center Big Dig Hits Halfway Mark

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In just six short weeks since mass excavation began on the new Detroit Events Center site, crews have removed more than 225,000 cubic yards of soil to make way for the centerpiece of The District Detroit’s Woodward Square neighborhood. The new arena will be home to the Detroit Red Wings, other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions. Crews working on site are nearly half of the way to removing an estimated 480,000 cubic yards of dirt for the Events Center bowl.

“This is a once in a lifetime project in our hometown, built with Detroit businesses and by Detroit labor. There is real energy, excitement and pride coming from the crews at the construction site who are working hard to remove soil and dig the bowl of the new events center. It’s a great feeling to be a part of the District Detroit project,” said Kerlin Blaise, owner of Blaze Construction.

Excavation currently underway will create a dramatic arena bowl for fans and world-class seating options for guests at concerts, family shows and other events. Digging the bowl this deep enables fans to enter the arena’s concourse from street level as well as neighborhood friendly with an overall height 20 percent lower than a typical arena.

In addition to mass excavation, work currently taking place on site includes relocation of utilities, creating construction roadways and the placement of construction trailers. The next phase of work on site will include the placement of caissons, setting the foundation of the Events Center. That work is expected to begin in July. The new arena will be home to the Detroit Red Wings, other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions.

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