For anyone nervously anticipating the Detroit Red Wings' new home (and, perhaps less nervously, the adjoining commercial/mixed use complex), the quickest way to satisfy your curiosity is to visit Comerica Park. Red Wings' owner Mike Ilitch's Olympia Development put up a preview center so Detroiters can see models of the new structure. The 20,000-seat arena, set to open in 2017, is the centerpiece of Olympia's plan for a 45-block retail and residential district.
The preview center allows fans (and, more significantly, potential investors in the property) to experience the new stadium in three dimensions, with a 600 square foot replica of a luxury suite, and a massive model of the new ice arena (42 square feet). Fans will also have the opportunity to see a few choice pieces of Wings' memorabilia—lockers belonging to Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall, and a push-Zamboni from the 1965 season.
Detroit contracting firm LS Brinker will manage the project, and Olympia's website brags that the complex will be "100 percent Michigan Made, Detroit Built." - Rebecca Golden
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