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Arena Takes Shape as Roof Construction Nears

The view does not disappoint from the steel skeleton of the Detroit Events Center’s upper concourse. And soon the arena will begin to look much more like a home for Detroit Red Wings hockey.

In these final weeks of winter, contractors will begin to place large precast concrete pieces on steel as well as hoist massive roof trusses into place atop the new home of the Detroit Red Wings. Concrete will also be poured on several concourse levels later this month.

Work is steadily progressing for the arena’s September 2017 opening.

The placement of steel and precast concrete is being completed by Detroit-headquartered Midwest Steel under a $50 million contract. So far, nearly $200 million in contracts have been awarded to Detroit-based or -headquartered businesses.

To date, Midwest Steel has placed 2,400 of the planned 7,500 pieces of steel that make up the arena structure.

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