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2 July 2015

Detroit’s New “Village”

Detroit Arena

SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret provides a preview of the Detroit Red Wings’ new “deconstructed arena” as part of an ambitious redevelopment spanning 45 city blocks adjacent to downtown.

Tom Wilson, CEO of the Red Wings and president of parent company Olympia Entertainment, and sports architect George Heinlein, HOK’s principal-in-charge of the project, are the minds behind a revolutionary design and concept — some of which is modeled after New York City’s High Line parkway. The design offers the feel of a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the seating bowl and lined by retail and restaurant options, all under a clear roof cover.

Officials at Ilitch Holdings, the real estate group owned by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, hope that once their initial project begins, it will spur additional development from businesses looking to join the novel design of a ‘village of buildings,’ as Heinlein describes the project.

“The whole concept behind it is much like the city of Detroit and the Red Wings and the history of the franchise,” Heinlein said. “It’s grounded in the past, represented by these outer buildings. The inner arena piece is the sleek modern jewel that speaks to the rebirth of the city.”

The project broke ground in September, and the arena is scheduled to open in 2017.

SportsBusiness Journal excerpt

For more information on the project, please visit districtdetroit.com.