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Now that’s a leak: have the Red Wings hired an architect to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on rink?
by George Malik on 05/21/12 at 10:22 PM ET
SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret suggests that the Red Wings’ owners have (via Curbed’s Sarah Cox) tagged architect Chad Krieger Sieniewicz and the architectural firm HKS to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, according to SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret:
The Detroit Red Wings have selected an architect to design a new NHL arena in downtown Detroit, a sign the team is moving ahead with the project.HKS, co-designer of American Airlines Center, will team with Chan Krieger NBBJ, a Boston architect specializing in urban developments, according to three industry sources. Officials with HKS in Dallas and Chan Krieger NBBJ said they could not comment on the project.
Karen Cullen, a corporate spokeswoman for the Red Wings, said there was nothing new to report, adding “our organization has been on record saying we’d like to have a new arena in downtown Detroit.”
The Red Wings intend to develop a new 18,000-seat facility to replace outdated Joe Louis Arena, sources said. Over the past few years, the team has considered renovating the 33-year-old, city-owned facility as well as sharing the Palace of Auburn Hills with the NBA Pistons and building a new arena for both teams.
The Red Wings chose HKS after requesting qualifications from sports architects with experience designing major league facilities. AECOM; 360 Architecture; Populous, designer of Comerica Park, home of the Ilitch-owned MLB Tigers; and Rossetti, architect for the Palace and Ford Field, home of the NFL Lions, were short-listed. Chris Ilitch, CEO and president of Ilitch Holdings, interviewed the candidates in Detroit, sources said.
Chan Krieger NBBJ’s work includes a West Riverfront mixed-use project in Detroit, according to its website. The project, part of a 5 1/2-mile stretch of redevelopment along the Detroit River that includes Joe Louis Arena, remains in the planning stages.
The responsibility of architect Alex Krieger, founding principal of Chan Krieger NBBJ and a Harvard professor of urban design, is to develop an entertainment district tied to a new arena in Detroit, similar to Nationwide Arena in Columbus and Staples Center in Los Angeles, sources said.
Pro Hockey Talk’s Jason Brough has surmised that the Wings will build the rink behind the Fox Theatre, but all scuttlebutt suggests that the rink will slide nicely into the parcels of land directly to the east and south of the Masonic Temple along Temple and Woodward, just north of I-75.
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