Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – A blueprint of the Detroit Red Wings’ new sprawling arena and entertainment district at the north end of downtown was unveiled Wednesday.
The Detroit Downtown Development Authority voted to approve the framework of a deal with the Ilitch family to build the complex on the west side of Woodward just north of I-75.
The unnamed multipurpose arena would be part of a $650-million complex and district that would include spin-off housing, retail, offices and parking in a long-downtrodden area with ramshackle, decaying structures.
It is not far from Comerica Park, where the Ilitch-owned Detroit Tigers play, and also near Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.
When completed, the 18,000-seat arena would bring all of Detroit’s major sports teams, except the Pistons, into close proximity and create one of the tightest professional sports districts of any U.S. city.
The Red Wings currently play at the 32-year old Joe Louis Arena.
George Jackson, president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which negotiated the deal on behalf of the city, hopes that eventually the Detroit Pistons might one day agree to share the new arena with the Red Wings to bring all of Detroit’s four major league sports teams in the area.
He said no discussions have taken place with the Pistons, which has played in the Palace of Auburn Hills for two decades, about moving.