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Little Caesars Arena Wins Prestigious Award for Security Design Excellence

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Little Caesars Arena has become the first sports and entertainment venue to win a prestigious award for a security design excellence.

Ducibella Venter & Santore (DVS) Security, a nationally recognized leader in security consulting and engineering, recently accepted the Elliot A. Boxerbaum Memorial Award for designing the arena’s security systems during CONSULT 2018, an annual event held for industry professionals in Nashville on Nov. 5.

Named after noted security systems professional, Elliot A. Boxerbaum, the award recognizes collaboration, design excellence, uniqueness, creativity and administrative factors that helped create a successful security project in 2017 or the first quarter of 2018. Little Caesars Arena, the 650,000-square-foot home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, four restaurants and local offices for 313 Presents partners, the Red Wings and Google, opened in September 2017. The state-of-the-art venue is expected to host 3 million ticketed guests before Thanksgiving. 

“DVS demonstrated expert knowledge of the latest technology and the unique challenges facing our sports and entertainment venues while designing the security systems at Little Caesars Arena,” said Richard Fenton, Vice President for Corporate Security at Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “From meeting the demands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act certification to working with HOK architects, and NHL and NBA professionals, DVS worked hard to help us protect fans and pedestrians traveling to and from the arena and other venues in The District Detroit.”

DVS was involved in the earliest stage of design and provided security input to the preliminary project design. Its work focused on adapting the arena to respond to a wide range of threats such as vehicles and explosives, while maintaining an open and inviting feel toward visitors, pedestrians and area residents. 

The firm also provided construction administration services and designed a user-friendly platform for staff to support security efforts across the arena site and surrounding area, such as the parking garage and neighboring streets. The systems’ featured technology includes facial recognition, fingerprint biometrics and an ultra-high megapixel surveillance video system located inside the arena bowl.

The community and the entire The District Detroit has benefitted from DVS’s work: the arena’s security system is fully integrated with Comerica Park, Ilitch Holdings parking amenities and the command system center at the historic Fox Theatre.

The Boxerbaum honor is among 17 awards Little Caesars Arena has won to date, including the “Sports Facility of the Year” title awarded during the annual Sports Business Awards in New York City.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit represents $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.