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Looking Back at 2016—A Year to Remember in The District Detroit

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August 2016 – The crew at Detroit-based Midwest Steel hoists the ceremonial last beam to commemorate the topping out of Little Caesars Arena.

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August 2016 – Iron workers from Detroit-based Midwest Steel gather around the final piece of steel hoisted to the roof of Little Caesars Arena

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November 2016 – The new Detroit Tigers parking garage is well underway on Montcalm Street next to Comerica Park.

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July 2016 – Fans celebrate The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park.

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July 2016 – Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS wears the coveted The District Detroit Night T-shirt.

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November 2016 – Detroit Pistons announce their move to Little Caesars Arena and The District Detroit beginning in the 2017 basketball season. 

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June 2016 – Local contractors attend a construction outreach event to learn more about the new Little Caesars Global Headquarters Campus Expansion. 

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January 2016 – Mike and Christopher Ilitch are named top “Newsmakers of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

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July 2016 – The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University officially breaks ground and will be constructed on Woodward Avenue just north of Little Caesars Arena.

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July 2016 – A crowd attends the groundbreaking of the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

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July 2016 – Christopher Ilitch, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson and others break ground on the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. 

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November 2016 – Work well underway on the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

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November 2016 – Work well underway on the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

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December 2016 – The QLINE begins testing rail cars on the new M-1 rapid transit line that runs along Woodward Avenue through The District Detroit. 

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December 2016 – New live web cams come on line showing the interior of Little Caesars Arena and other construction projects throughout The District Detroit. More at districtdetroit.com/webcams

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December 2016 – Work well underway on the new Little Caesars Global Headquarters Campus Expansion on Woodward Avenue.

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September 2016 – A look at the new Little Caesars Global Headquarters Campus Expansion being built on Woodward Avenue.

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September 2016 – Christopher Ilitch, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Little Caesars CEO Dave Scrivano and others break ground on the new Little Caesars Global Headquarters Campus Expansion on Woodward Avenue.

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April 2016 – Christopher Ilitch and Little Caesars CEO Dave Scrivano announce the new name for the home of the Detroit Red Wings and the premier entertainment venue in the region. 

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June 2016 – A new class of 24 interns from Cass Tech High School located in The District Detroit begin work at all of the Ilitch Holdings companies located in Detroit. 

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December 2016 – Crew members at Little Caesars Arena pose with the Stanley Cup, which made a special appearance along with the Detroit Red Wings 1997 championship team. 

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October 2016 – Detroit Red Wings players visit Little Caesars Arena for the first time where they met with construction crews, signed autographs and took photos. 

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October 2016 – Detroit Red Wings players visit Little Caesars Arena for the first time where they saw their new home up close. 

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May 2016 – Olympia Development of Michigan sponsors Construction Career Days, a special event where high school kids learned about careers in the construction industry. 

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December 2016 – Snow covers Little Caesars Arena, which is on track to open in September 2017.

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July 2016 – College interns from throughout Metro Detroit attend a special event organized by After5 at MotorCity Casino Hotel to learn more about The District Detroit. 

It’s been a groundbreaking year full of exciting announcements, construction progress and amazing events happening all throughout The District Detroit—and we’re looking forward to a new year of opportunities, growth and exciting announcements on many more projects we’re planning for 2017 and beyond.

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