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Construction of Red Wings’ New Arena is Underway

construction siteCrews put into place the first enormous roof truss for the new Red Wings arena in Detroit on Thursday. The arena has been temporarily named the Detroit Events Center and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2017 NHL season.

According to reports from Olympia Development of Michigan, crews have already placed over 3,500 pieces of structural steel out of the 7,000 pieces of steel that will make up the arena.

The facility’s steel roof will increase the arena’s lifespan and improve its durability. The two most common types of metal used for roofing are steel and aluminum, and contractors and roofers find that steel roofs can often hold up for over 50 years, ensuring that the Wings, hockey fans, and Detroit residents will be able to enjoy the facility for years to come.

The $627 million project will result in a 20,000 seat venue that will host the Red Wings as well as concerts and other big events. At 785,000 sq. ft., the arena will include the entire practice facility, which includes the rink, the locker rooms, a track, and training equipment. It will also be home to five restaurants, seven bars, and over 50% more concessions than the Joe Louis Arena could accommodate.

The new arena will be located along Woodward Avenue, between Sproat and Henry Streets, just north of downtown Detroit. Olympia is also planning to rehabilitate the area surrounding the arena within 50 blocks in order to improve the neighborhoods. They have plans for offices, residential spaces, retail shops, parking garages, and a park.

Once the project is complete and the team relocates, the Joe Louis Arena will be demolished. A name for the new arena will be announced in coming weeks.

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