Its Official ! Ground Broken for New Arena and Entertainment District


DETROIT, MI – Its Official !  Ground has been broken for the new entertainment Nationwide Arenadistrict and arena that will be home to the Detroit Red Wings.  It will be known as The District Detroit.

The new state-of-the-art hockey arena at the center of The District Detroit is just one part of the sweeping, long-range vision surrounding the ice arena and community events center the Detroit Red Wings will soon call home. The new 50-block sports and entertainment district will connect downtown Detroit with Midtown to create one contiguous walkable, livable experience.




The ceremony was held Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at the corner of Sibley and Woodward. Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan spoke at the ceremony.

This is one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the city’s recent history.  The last was that when the Renaissance Center was built.

Olympia Development of Michigan’s planned sports and entertainment district, The District Detroit, is a sweeping transformation of neighborhoods between Downtown and Midtown, that will create 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.

Estimates for this project will create:

  • 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs
  • 1,100 permanent jobs
  • $100 million in jobs-related income for Detroit residents
  • $210 million a year for the City of Detroit
  • $1.8 billion total impact in the State of Michigan

Slated to be completed in 2017, it is the project that will transform downtown Detroit in ways that had only been dreamed about for years.  Vacant and blighted properties will be gone.  Gleaming new structures will all rise out of the ground all at the same time during construction.

The District will be a walkable, livable sports and entertainment district that serves to connect Detroit along Woodward Avenue between Downtown and Midtown. The District will be dozens of blocks made up of five new, mixed-use neighborhoods, each anchored by world-class venues such as the new Detroit arena, the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Ford Field, Detroit Opera House and the Fillmore Detroit. The development of The District is a unique opportunity to accelerate the revitalization of Detroit by linking existing development efforts and current residents with new development, new residents, jobs, visitors and businesses.

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