Designed by HOK, this new arena features a unique “deconstructed” layout. Buildings housing retail outlets, the arena’s box office, and the offices of the Red Wings are built outside the arena, but a glass roof is erected between the buildings and the arena itself. The roof forms an indoor “street” that serves as the arena’s concourse. The concourse will remain open year-round, even if an event is not occurring inside the arena, allowing it to also be used as a venue of its own. There is also an outdoor plaza with a large video display.
The eight-story arena is built as a bowl, with its floor 40 feet (12 m) below street level with seating capacities of 19,515 for ice hockey and 20,491 for basketball. The bowl also features a “gondola” seating level suspended above the stands. The exterior of the bowl structure is capable of displaying video projections. A 37,300 sq. ft. (3,470 m2) practice ice rink is also inside the arena. In addition to serving as the practice facility for the Red Wings, the rink serves as the home of both Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club and Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League as well.
The arena features a center hung scoreboard that measures at 5,100 sq. ft.. The arena also features 45 LED displays covering more than 13,500 sq. ft. and 16.5 million plus LEDs in and around it.
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