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Impressive Progress Continues on Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit

Thanks to the hardworking men and women building Little Caesars Arena, the project is moving forward at lightning speed and on track for a September 2017 opening.  More than 750 crew members are on site daily working on what is sure to be one of the coolest new arenas in the country and one of the largest and most exciting construction projects underway in Detroit.

As we approach a year away from opening, now is a great time to take a look at progress on some of the coolest elements of Little Caesars Arena and the impressive buildings around it in the Woodward Square neighborhood of The District Detroit.

A World-class Arena and So Much More

As a centerpiece of The District Detroit, a 50-block, world-class sports and entertainment district, Little Caesars Arena was designed to integrate into the neighborhood and be open, accessible and vibrant on game days and every day.  Much of this design is now coming to life with steel and concrete rising every day for new mixed-use office, retail and residential buildings adjacent to the arena on Woodward Avenue and Henry Street—setting the stage for an incredible new community-focused sports and entertainment destination that puts fans and neighbors at the center of the action.

We’re building a unique destination to live, work and play where those seeking to attend sports and entertainment events are immersed in an urban atmosphere with new mixed-used and residential developments throughout five distinct neighborhoods surrounding Little Caesars Arena.

Progress on Future Fan Favorites

Fans have much to look forward to when it comes to experiencing games and entertainment in Little Caesars Arena. The crew has made incredible progress on some of the innovative design elements which are sure to become fan favorites.

Things such as the outdoor piazza where fans can watch the action happening inside on a massive video wall—a unique urban plaza that will be regularly programmed with music and entertainment.  Nearly all of the concrete for this community space has been poured and will be a giant welcome for fans in 2017.

There has been major progress on the Via concourse, an indoor street-style shopping and dining experience like no other which surrounds the arena bowl and will be open to the community on game day and every day. The framework for the jewel skin that wraps around the Via has begun to be installed nearest the Via and is highly visible between the east-side of the arena and the buildings east of the arena’s Via.  Steel and concrete for the restaurants, shops and office spaces which line the Via are also now highly visible from Woodward Avenue.

Gondola seating on the east and west sides of the arena bowl have been hung and work progresses as concrete floors are poured ahead of seats and high-end amenities.  These premium seats, sponsored by Michigan First Credit Union, will be ideal for adventurous fans who want a bird’s eye view of the action.

The arena’s suites will take center stage as midpoints in the arena, providing an intimate experience for suite-goers. The precast for the suites is completely installed and progress continues at a rapid pace.

Michigan Made, Detroit Built

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 $320 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 $512 million, or 90 percent of contracts, have been awarded to Michigan businesses.

Detroiters have worked more than 230,000 hours on construction of the arena so far and more than 100 apprentices have learned and earned skills on the site that will last a lifetime.  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.

Watch the construction on our Live Cam and follow @DistrictDetroit on Instagram for regular updates, videos and images.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit, located in the heart of downtown Detroit, is a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three multi-use sports venues including the new Little Caesars Arena – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature residential, office and retail developments 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.

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