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First Night Reviews Of The Little Caesars Arena

from Ashley Zlatopolsky at the Detroit Free Press,

Little Caesars Arena opened Tuesday night with the first of what will be a six-night stand by Michigan artist Kid Rock. The venue’s grand opening concert event was the first chance for most of the attendees to visit the new arena, which lives and breathes Detroit, from its decor to its food options to its merchandise....

Parking: For those of us who complained about $20 parking at the Palace of Auburn Hills, we were in for some nasty sticker shock: Parking at garages at the new arena could drain your wallet of up to $40. Parking a few blocks down saved you $5-$10 (looking at $30-$35). The best bet was parking further south in the downtown for $5-$10 and making the walk. Many people from Windsor opted for the tunnel bus. Grade: C

Drinks: The Houtemanns loved their food, but not the drink prices. They paid $30 for two small cups of wine, which they said were "just OK." In total, they dropped $60 on four drinks. Two other women shared with us that their strawberry margaritas (the kind in commemorative glasses) were $12, but moderately strong. Therefore, a somewhat fair trade.

A bottle of water went for $5, but that’s been a standard concession price for a while in Detroit. Grade: C+

The arena bowl: Walking inside for the first time was overwhelming because you were floored by the size of the bowl, which is almost stomach-churning if you enter through the top. Lighting was gorgeous (think one giant, arena-sized club). Acoustics were good but a little boomy in places. The decor was bright and colorful.

The seats, though, were too close for comfort — not the end of the world, but also not the most comfortable. We heard good things about the sight lines, and video screens were visible at most angles. Grade: B+


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Hootinani's avatar

They already bent the local businesses over to get it built, now they get to bend the general public over to fill their pockets.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/13/17 at 01:21 PM ET


Sounds like a huge cash grab by the Illitch family. They will get $0 from me until Kenny is out of the organization. Simple as that.

Can we update this article once hockey starts? Then add a new category…

On-ice product = F

Posted by fatsavage on 09/13/17 at 01:41 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

They already bent the local businesses over to get it built, now they get to bend the general public over to fill their pockets.

The interview on NPR with Shea was instructive.  Detroit is in the middle of economic chaos when the deal for LCA is moved through.  City looking at bankruptcy, looking for anything that looks like investment in the city, especially in the core area (where Ilitch has strategically been undercutting value by holding onto dead properties accumulated over time).  On top of that, not surprisingly, Detroit doesn’t—or didn’t then—have a top gear development planning group, so less resources to evaluate the arena proposal. 

But even with a situation where Olympia had all the leverage to get the agreement to their terms, as you say, you’d think they might refrain from gouging hard once the product is out.

Posted by duhduhduh on 09/13/17 at 01:57 PM ET


If they fill the seats then the price is right.  If they don’t fill the seats, prices will come around.

Posted by Ventr on 09/13/17 at 05:12 PM ET


On-ice product = F

Posted by fatsavage on 09/13/17 at 01:41 PM ET

oh yeahhhhh!!!! you beat me to it. except I would just expel the team. Fans will get more enjoyment (and value) out of watching the ice melt then any wing’s team playing on said ice.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 09/13/17 at 09:40 PM ET


They should have taken a hint from what Arthur Blank did in Atlanta with the new stadium. Very reasonably priced drinks and eats. People already pay crazy money for tickets. They shouldn’t be robbed at the concession stands.

Posted by evileye on 09/14/17 at 12:44 PM ET

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