Little Caesars Arena will be the new home of the Detroit Red Wings come next season. With any new arena, a plethora of ‘state-of-the-art’ features are sure to come along with it.
CEO of Olympia Entertainment Tom Wilson took some members of the media on a tour of the Wings’ new stomping grounds and gave them a sneak peak of what to expect. The inside of the arena is said to be a splitting image of the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadians, an arena that’s become the ‘model’ throughout the NHL.
“It’s very steep — I mean, people are right on top of you. The difference is in Canada, there’s no leg room, and they don’t have ADA restrictions. So, we had to take all that into account, and even with that, this building is tighter than Montreal.”
The Bell Centre is also one of the most intimidating places to play in the league due to its lack of light when approaching the arena from outside.
There’s some good news along the seating front as it looks as though the seats in the new arena will be bigger than they were at Joe Louis Arena. Seats at Little Caesars Arena will be 21 inches long, which is a good 4-5 inches bigger than what they’re at the Joe.
Suites have seen an upgrade as well. All 60 LCA suites sold out in a little over a month’s time. Featured like closets for coats, compartments to lock away bags, and two refrigerators are just a few of the amenities that will be at your disposal when enjoying Red Wings hockey from a luxury suite.
Players won’t have to worry about traveling to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett to practice when there is an event taking place at the arena. When there was an event taking place at the Joe, players would have to travel to Groose Point Woods and would hold practice at their ice hockey facility. At the new arena, there’s an underground practice facility, so even if an event is taking place on the same day Detroit would practice, players won’t have to log the miles in order to practice. They’ll simply head downstairs and workup a sweat.
All of the new features surrounding Little Caesars Arena are quite intriguing and gives extra excitement for wanting the 2017-18 season to come around. When traveling down Woodward Avenue, you could very well pass right by the arena as it was built 37 feet underground. That was done by design as many didn’t want the area to really stick out and be an eyesore when passing by. It’ll be secluded within retail shops and apartment buildings.
Little Caesars Arena model inside look. Inspired by Bell Centre. pic.twitter.com/PuZ2URLaO2
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This season marks the farewell season of Joe Louis Arena, a place that has been home to the Red Wings since 1979. It’s going to be sad to see the Joe officially depart as the home of the Wings, but a new arena is long overdue in Hockeytown. The new home for Detroit hockey, by everything we’ve been hearing will give a fan experience like no other arena. The name itself might not be the most popular, but you’ve to look at the bigger picture and that in itself is something to be excited about.