JUST IN: Little Caesars Arena making sweeping change thanks to attendance

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If you watched the Detroit Red Wings’ home opener last week, a thought may have occurred to you. “Why on Earth are there so many empty seats in the lower bowl?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone, I had the exact same thought. It must have been apparent to others at Little Caesars Arena as well, because they’re making a sweeping change.

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In incremental stages through this season, the seats at Little Caesars Arena will be changed from red to black. There are already black covers on the seats to start, but permanent changes are being made.

The logic behind the move appears to be that empty black seats will be less obvious to the players. What they’re not saying is that it’ll also be less jarring and obvious for people watching on TV. You can still tell that the seats are empty, but they don’t stand out like sore thumbs when they’re black.

It’s a strange move, because they make a point to announce that a game is sold out at the beginning of the televised broadcast. This includes the Red Wings’ home opener last week; it was a sellout. So if Little Caesars Arena is still selling out games, what gives?

Regardless of seat color, the Red Wings will definitely see a dip in attendance if they don’t start squeaking out some wins this year. But Bob Wojnowski had the number one burning question about the move on Twitter, asking:


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The Detroit Red Wings are still seeking their first win of the 2018-19 season. They’ll look to improve to 1-1-1 on the season tonight against the 2-0-0 Anaheim Ducks. (10:00pm ET) But tonight is a different night for more than one reason.

Not only is tonight the home opener for the Ducks’ regular season, there’s also history afoot this evening. 25 years ago to the day, the Ducks also played the Red Wings in their first game ever on home ice as a franchise.

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