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Wings’ New Rink Expected To Be Completed By Summer 2017

from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit’s planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project.

Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction workers from among Detroit residents.

At today’s conference for contractors at MotorCity Casino, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch promised an “amazing walkable district” from the project. His team of lead contractors, consultants, and city officials also briefed the 200 or so local contractors on how to become certified to work on the project.

Initial site work and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in December, with excavation of the arena site and erection of steel and concrete to begin by next summer. The arena itself is expected to be finished by summer 2017, along with the initial portions of the residential, retail, and commercial district that rise near it.


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TreKronor's avatar

Perhaps this will entice Datsyuk to stay in Detroit for a while longer, since his contract expires in the 2016/17 season.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/28/14 at 11:47 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Perfect timing! They can celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their last Stanley Cup!

It really will have been that long already.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/28/14 at 11:55 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings could also give Pavel lots and lots of money wink

And 11 years by the end of the 2017-18 season as it won’t open until the summer of 2017.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/29/14 at 03:43 AM ET

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