Olympia Entertainment Announces Fan and Community Enhancements to New Detroit Arena

- 20,000 seat arena to now include unique gondola seating, vibrant public plaza with massive video wall, practice and amateur hockey ice, additional video and sound capabilities, and more

- New Detroit arena on target for September 2017 opening; mass excavation and deep foundations complete; steel erection underway

- Project benefits so far include more than $138 million in construction contracts to Detroit companies and more than 54 percent Detroiter participation on job site

Nov 04, 2015, 10:00 ET from Olympia Entertainment

DETROIT, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As construction moves forward on the site of the new Detroit Events Center, Olympia Entertainment today announced plans for significant fan and community enhancements to the facility. This additional investment will create a more dynamic, multi-use facility for the community, a more interactive experience for fans and additional public spaces for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.

"These enhancements will ensure we create a unique multi-use venue that brings the best in sports and entertainment to Detroit, while creating a destination for everyone in our community to enjoy," said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. "We're completely focused on delivering an arena that hosts exceptional experiences for our community, players, fans and neighbors while driving additional investment and development in Detroit."

Enhancements include:

  • Dynamic fan experiences, like enhanced video and sound capabilities for a more immersive experience, creative food-service options, a "skin" on the outside of the arena bowl that can display video and graphics, additional elevators and improved seating options – such as gondola seating suspended over the event level – that create unique, memorable experiences.
  • Active community spaces like on-site practice ice, which will also be used for amateur hockey; an outdoor plaza featuring a massive video wall – along with more green spaces across the arena site – that will be regularly programmed with music and entertainment.
  • Operational improvements such as additional points of sale, best-in-class security systems and augmented load-in, load-out systems that will attract the best in sports and entertainment.

"Our organization is committed to stepping up and making the new Detroit arena special for everyone in Detroit," continued Wilson. "With this additional $95 million in privately funded enhancements, we know that we will deliver a world-class venue that our community will be proud of."

Construction Progress and Project Benefits

Mass excavation and deep foundations are complete on the site of the new Detroit arena. The majority of work on site currently is concrete-related, with 7,000 cubic yards having been poured already for foundation walls and elevator shafts. The erection of structural steel for the arena has also begun.

More than 54 percent of the workers on site to date have been Detroiters, including numerous apprentices. Of more than $202 million in contract awards for the arena so far, more than $138 million – or 68 percent – have been awarded to Detroit-based or -headquartered businesses. More than $190 million – or 94 percent – of contracts awarded have been to Michigan-based companies.

Since the project was announced last year, Olympia Development outreach efforts have resulted in 13,000 residents registering with Detroit Employment Solutions to access jobs, training and education resources for continued career development. Additionally, the Ilitch organization has completed the first year of its Cass Tech internship program, offering Cass Tech students unique learning experiences at a variety of Ilitch companies. In partnership with Woodside Bible Church, the Ilitch organization has also adopted Cass Park and begun its ongoing maintenance. Finally, the organization has also announced an aggressive target of 20 percent affordable housing throughout The District Detroit, including the renovation of the Hotel Eddystone.

About Olympia Entertainment

Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company owned by entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch, is one of the country's most diverse sport and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the midwest. The company owns and operates Detroit's Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies.

Other Ilitch companies include: Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesar Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Olympia Development. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers, and Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

About Olympia Development of Michigan

Olympia Development of Michigan is a Detroit-based full-service real estate company owned by Detroit entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch. The company is responsible for developing and investing in some of Detroit's most recognized and visited venues, including the nationally acclaimed Comerica Park. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Ilitch Holdings. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

About the Detroit Events Center

Home to the Detroit Red Wings, other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions, the new $627 million Detroit Events Center will feature a dramatic arena bowl, proximity to the action and great sight lines. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six Detroit Red Wings and Detroit's incredible musical heritage, the new Detroit Arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities. The Detroit Events Center will open in the fall of 2017, and it's going to deliver amazing experiences.

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