Little Caesars Arena is going up brick-by-brick, built by the more than 800 tradesmen and women working six days a week on the project all year round. But just how many bricks does it take to build the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons in the District Detroit?
It’ll take nearly 650,000 standard size bricks to cover the outside of the arena, adjoining buildings and some interior walls along the main concourse—totaling more than 3 million pounds of brick.
All that work is being completed by Detroit-based contractor Dixon Masonry—which has been headquartered in the city for nearly 20 years. Elmer Dixon has completed jobs throughout Detroit and the state but he counts Little Caesars Arena as the largest and most influential of his career.
“This excites me just to be part of this landmark project,” said Dixon, “a project that’s going to be here for the next hundred years. Just seeing Detroit grow, the excitement in the people and the excitement in the workers—when my kids come here I can tell them that I was a part of it.”
Dixon says that the contract for Little Caesars Arena has allowed him to hire more employees, many of whom are Detroit residents, all working 9-10 hours shifts, six days a week. Dixon Masonry employs more than 70 bricklayers and laborers at Little Caesars Arena as well as nine apprentices who are learning the trade from the experts.
“It’s your people who make the company,” said Dixon. “It’s those guys back there laying the brick, that get up every day at 5:30 in the morning, mixing mud, running the equipment, manning the jobs—that’s what makes the job important.”
With more than one-third of the brick already laid on Little Caesars Arena, Dixon and his crew have a lot of work to complete, but they’re up for the challenge.
The District Detroit is a community effort that’s Michigan Made, Detroit Built—providing jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities to Detroiters and Detroit businesses. More than $100 million in income from the arena project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income created through future private developments.
More than $345 million in contracts have been awarded to Detroit-based businesses to construct Little Caesars Arena, representing nearly 60 percent of total contracts, and more than $530 million, or 90 percent of contracts, have been awarded to Michigan businesses.
Watch the progress that Dixon Masonry and all of the crew are making on Little Caesars Arena on our live web cams.
About The District Detroit
The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites six world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.