Little Caesars Arena

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Little Caesars Arena
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The Little Caesars Arena in July 2018
The Little Caesars Arena in July 2018
Earlier names

Detroit Events Center (planning phase)

place 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit , Michigan 48201
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 42 ° 20 '28.2 "  N , 83 ° 3' 17.7"  W Coordinates: 42 ° 20 '28.2 "  N , 83 ° 3' 17.7"  W.
owner Downtown Development Authority
operator Olympia Entertainment, Inc.
start of building September 25, 2014
opening 5th September 2017
First game Ice hockey:
September 25, 2017
Detroit Red Wings - Boston Bruins 5: 1 ( preseason )
October 5, 2017
Detroit Red Wings - Minnesota Wild 4: 2 ( regular season )
October 4, 2017
Detroit Pistons - Charlotte Hornets 106: 108 ( Preseason )
October 18, 2017
Detroit Pistons - Charlotte Hornets 102: 90 ( Regular Season )
surface Concrete
ice surface
costs 862.9 million US dollars
architect HOK
capacity 20,000 seats (ice hockey)
21,000 seats (basketball)
15,000–22,000 seats (concerts)
playing area NBA basketball
28.65 × 15.24 m (94 × 50 ft)
NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)
The construction site in June 2016

The Little Caesars Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of Detroit in the state of Michigan . It is since September 2017, the new venue of Hockey - Franchise of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The arena offers 20,000 seats for ice hockey games. When playing the Pistons there are up to 21,000 places.


From 1979 the Red Wings played their games in the Joe Louis Arena . In July 2014, initial plans for a new event venue called the Detroit Events Center were unveiled. The cost of the sports arena was put at 450 million US dollars. About 40 percent of the amount will be borne by the real estate company Olympia Entertainment, Inc. owned by Mike Ilitch , owner of the Detroit Red Wings. The rest is covered by public funds. As the owner, the city will rent the hall to the franchises on a long-term basis.

The laying of the foundation stone on September 25, 2014 was celebrated by fans and local residents in the presence of Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan . The event hall is a part of the planned sports and entertainment district The District Detroit , which also includes the Ford Field of the Detroit Lions and Comerica Park of the Detroit Tigers heard. The district will consist of 50 blocks of houses, shops, parks, restaurants, bars and event venues and will connect the fallow area between Downtown Detroit and Uptown Detroit.

The event arena offers some special features. The rows of seats have been lowered and the ice surface is 12 meters below street level. The facilities such as shops, offices, ticket sales centers, fan shops, restaurants and stands for food and drinks will be outsourced. They are created around the hall. The path covered with a glass roof can be used like a pedestrian zone. It will be open all year round, even if there is no event in the arena. On April 29, 2016, it was announced that the hall will in future bear the name of the Little Caesars fast-food pizza restaurant chain , which is owned by the Ilitch family.

As early as March 2016, the Detroit News polled its readers for a name for the new arena. The majority voted for the building to be named after “Mr. Hockey " Gordie Howe , who ran from 1946 to 1971 for the Detroit Red Wings, to name. Contrary to the first pictures of the Little Caesars Arena, the roof is not illuminated with LEDs . It receives the logo of the fast-food chain. After Gordie Howe died on June 10, 2016 at the age of 88, fans demanded that the new home of the ice hockey team be renamed Gordie Howe Arena .

With the Detroit Pistons , a second main tenant has been found for the Little Caesars Arena. On November 22nd, 2016, Tom Gores, owner of the Pistons , Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the Detroit Pistons from the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced their previous venue, the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills , around 55 kilometers from Detroit, and will move to the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. The Pistons are returning to the city after 39 years after moving out of the Cobo Center in 1978.

The costs of the construction project have increased significantly over the course of the year. According to figures from November 2016, the new building will cost 732.6 million US dollars. This is another increase of $ 105 million. As early as November 2015, the sum rose to 627 million US dollars and a further increase was feared. In 2014, a sum of 450 million US dollars was assumed. In May 2017, construction costs were $ 862.9 million. This means that the costs have almost doubled.

On January 5, 2017, work on the construction of the ice surface began with the excavation of the construction pit. According to the operating company Olympia Development , more than 1,000 workers are working three shifts six days a week in order to be able to open the hall in September.

The official opening of the Little Ceasars Arena took place on September 5, 2017.

On October 8, 2017, the WWE Hell in a Cell wrestling event took place in the arena . As part of the NHL game against the Vegas Golden Knights (0: 4) on March 8, 2018, the two millionth visitor to the Little Caesars Arena since it opened on September 5, 2017 was welcomed. The visitor received u. a. a signed jersey, two tickets to a Detroit Tigers ( MLB ) baseball game and two tickets to a Bruno Mars concert, as well as free pizza from Little Caesars for one year.

On October 8, 2018, it was announced that the currently red seats will be replaced by black seats from December of that year. When the Detroit Pistons decided to move to the new arena, the design of the facility was complete or in production. So the Little Caesars Arena should also become more of the home of the Pistons .

In November 2018, Google moved 100 employees into offices in the Little Caesars Arena. The regional center was previously located in the suburb of Birmingham .


Kid Rock was the first artist to perform in the Little Caesars Arena. The American rock musician, who grew up near Detroit, gave six concerts on September 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 20, 2017. On September 27, 2017, the British singer-songwriters performed Ed Sheeran and James Blunt on. On October 1st and 2nd, 2017 Paul McCartney gave two concerts.


Interior of the Little Caesars Arena with ice rink in September 2017

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. New Detroit arena to host 2018 NCAA tournament games article from November 17, 2014 (English)
  2. Horizon League Announces 2017 Little Caesars Motor City Madness Updates ( Memento of the original from November 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Article from July 5, 2016 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Red Wings arena cost at $ 627M, could go higher Article from November 5, 2015 (English)
  4. Pistons return to Detroit at critical stage Article from October 27, 2016 (English)
  5. Spectacular arena plans presented Article from July 22, 2014
  6. a b Groundbreaking for new arena in Detroit Article from September 29, 2014
  7. The District Detroit (English)
  8. Detroit Rink City: Ilitches' grand plan to supersize the entertainment district article from March 13, 2015 (English)
  9. Name known for new NHL arena Article from April 28, 2016
  10. Howe about The Gord? Readers offer names for new arena Article from March 22, 2016 (English)
  11. Red Wings fans miffed over nixed LED arena roof Article from May 3, 2016
  12. Movement grows to rename arena Gordie Howe Arena article from June 10, 2016 (English)
  13. Pistons to Move to Downtown Detroit Article from November 22, 2016 (English)
  14. Cost to build Little Caesars Arena rises $ 105M Article dated November 7, 2016
  15. Red Wings arena cost at $ 627M, could go higher Article from November 5, 2015 (English)
  16. Latest Little Caesars Arena project construction cost: $ 862.9 million article from May 23, 2017 (English)
  17. Construction begins to build ice surface at Little Caesars Arena Article from January 5, 2017 (English)
  18. Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremony today , article from September 5, 2017 (English)
  19. Pretty Best Friends Article from October 9, 2017
  20. Two million visitors counted Article from March 9, 2018
  21. Little Caesars Arena to replace red seats with black seats. WXYZ-TV, October 8, 2018, accessed October 9, 2018 .
  22. ^ John Gallagher: Red Wings, Pistons get new neighbor at LCA - Google's new office. In: Detroit Free Press, November 8, 2018, accessed November 13, 2018 .
  23. Kid Rock adds 2 more shows at Little Caesars Arena Article from January 19, 2017 (English)
  24. Ed Sheeran will be one of the first performers at Little Caesars Arena Article from March 8, 2017 (English)
  25. Everything announced for Little Ceasars Arena Updated article July 10, 2017
  26. concert list of the Little Caesars Arena (English)