Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit Marks Important Construction Milestone

Topping Out Ceremony Honors Ironworker Tradition and Celebrates Placement of Last Piece of Structural Steel

(DETROIT) – Today ironworkers and crew members working to construct Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit joined Ilitch Holdings, Inc., President and CEO Christopher Ilitch to hold a special “topping out” ceremony to mark the placement of the highest piece of structural steel on the arena.  The crew has placed 7,500 pieces of steel since October. The arena is on track to open in September 2017 and is the crown jewel of The District Detroit, a 50-block destination filled with new shops, homes, parks, restaurants and bars surrounding Detroit’s major sports and entertainment venues.

Michigan Made, Detroit Built

  • More than $315 million in construction contracts—nearly 60 percent—have been awarded to Detroit based and headquartered businesses to construct Little Caesars Arena
  • More than 90 percent of contracts, more than $500 million in total, have been awarded to Michigan companies for the construction of Little Caesars Arena
  • Detroiters have worked more than 180,014 hours on the site already
  • More than 60 Detroit resident apprentices have worked on the site so far, learning and earning
  • The $1.2 billion District Detroit project will create more than 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs and at least 1,100 permanent jobs and ultimately generate more than $2 billion in economic impact (Data from the University of Michigan)

Little Caesars Arena Construction

  • Approximately 540 men and women are working each day on site
  • Steel placement work completed by Detroit-based Midwest Steel and Ironworkers Local 25
  • The steel structure of the 20,000 seat arena is made up of 7,500 steel beams
  • 460 of 760 pieces of pre-cast concrete stadia have been placed so far -- seats will be attached to these concrete forms
  • Nearly 40,000 cubic yards of foundation concrete have been poured
  • Structural steel for buildings that will hold some of the first new restaurants, shops and offices is simultaneously going up right next to the arena
  • Foundations for those buildings, one along Woodward Avenue and the other along Henry Street, are complete and more than half of the 1,200 pieces of structural steel have been placed 
  • Other work now underway includes:
    • Elevators and escalators
    • HVAC, mechanical and plumbing
    • Masonry and drywall
    • Concrete on the new piazza
    • Practice ice
    • Parking structure
    • The pedestrian bridge from the parking structure to the arena
  • Recent video and pictures of the construction site are available at the Media Center
  • A streaming webcam showing the construction site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at
  • Little Caesars Arena is scheduled to open September 2017.

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