One of the most exciting and innovative features of the new Little Caesars Arena has been constructing the gondola seating —a massive, suspended steel frame that hangs from the arena’s roof—giving fans a chance to be on top of the action.
Detroit-based Midwest Steel recently installed the first gondola seating along the Woodward-side of the arena—designed to offer a unique feeling of hanging from the arena’s rafters.
During Detroit Red Wings home games, the newly installed steel section will serve as primary seating for sports writers and broadcasters—providing the press with an optimal viewing location, similar to other Original Six venues.
Little Caesars Arena is the centerpiece of The District Detroit, an exciting 50-block mixed-use development that will include new shops, restaurants and homes throughout five distinct neighborhoods between Downtown and Midtown in Detroit.
“As far as the experience that people are going to have once they’re up there [in the gondola seats], I think it’s going to be very unique,” said Duane Hartley, Midwest Steel senior project manager. “You’re just right up over top of the play looking down. It’s sort of the bird’s-eye view. Everyone’s going to love it.”
Installing the gondola’s steel frame is a highly-complex process that took nearly two months to complete and there’s plenty more work to be done before fans can share in the excitement.
Midwest Steel has worked closely with Barton Malow-Hunt-White, the construction management team heading up the arena’s construction, as well as Kansas City-based HOK, the project’s design architect and engineer.
HOK Field Representative Mark Veitch, a native of Metro Detroit, is a 40-year construction veteran, whose job is to ensure that the arena is built according to design specifications. He said the project team is working hard to deliver an amazing experience.
“It’s going to be extremely exciting, especially on the gondola level—the visibility, the site lines, it’s just going to be incredible,” said Veitch. “It’s going to be such an intimate facility—a fantastic experience for the fans.”
Recently, Michigan First Credit Union was announced as the first Cornerstone Partner for Little Caesars Arena with its sponsorship of several initiatives, including sponsorship for the unique gondola seating.
About The District Detroit
The District Detroit will be made up of a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three professional sports venues – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature retail and residential developments, offices and hotels that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love. A Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, The District Detroit continues to transform lives by bringing jobs and opportunity to people and businesses across the city, region and state.