Good day Motor City fans! I decided to write an article on this because I’m super excited for Detroit’s new arena! Groundbreaking was held last year, but now that we’ve gotten a ways in, more people should be able to hear the news. The location will obviously be in the heart of Detroit. The operator is Olympia Entertainment. The capacity is 20,000 people. It will cost 450 million dollars to build the arena. The architect is HOK. (standing for Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum ) Now we all loved the Joe and the countless games played there, watching octopi being thrown onto the ice, and loving the atmosphere that the fans have for the game. I must say though it is time for something new and what they have designed is amazing. Features:
A glassed-roof concourse connecting everything around it including offices and stores.
A $650 million, 650,000 square foot area will create the evolution of sports and entertainment for downtown Detroit. It will be located near the Cass Corridor, Ford Field, and Comerica Park.
Buildings housing, outlets, the box office, and other offices of the Red Wings will be built outside the arena. The glass roof comes into play here. It will be a indoor street walkway connecting the arena from the offices and outlets. This “concourse” will be open year round. The arena is 8 stories and will be a shape of a bowl. Besides the rink, there will be a practice rink sized at 37,300 square feet. The arena’s top roof will feature a logo for Detroit or depending on the event being held. This may be a start for future rink ideas.
The arena looks great and hopefully you’ll be able to catch a game there. The arena is set for the 2016-2017 season but however does not have a name right now. It will host many other hockey events and college basketball. Thanks for reading! -Evan