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#41 Echolalia

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

I love the idea of separated concessions and restaurants. It will be awesome to walk out of the arena proper between periods, into essentially a neighborhood of shops under a starry sky (protected by a glass roof). I'm under the impression that these shops will be accessible from Woodward and neighboring streets as well, which implies that at least some of them may be open for regular hours, instead of limited to during arena events.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:01 AM

I love the idea of separated concessions and restaurants. It will be awesome to walk out of the arena proper between periods, into essentially a neighborhood of shops under a starry sky (protected by a glass roof). I'm under the impression that these shops will be accessible from Woodward and neighboring streets as well, which implies that at least some of them may be open for regular hours, instead of limited to during arena events.

Yeah I read somewhere in the description that everything would be open even when nothing is going on in the arena. 



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:07 AM

 
Pics or it never happened ;)


They showed a clip of it during the Wings vs. Hawks game the next day on NBC.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:14 AM

Putting a Hopcat down there..100 plus beers on tap

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:34 AM

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Ya but what about the parking garage?

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:53 AM

Putting a Hopcat down there..100 plus beers on tap


Hopcat will be on Woodward and Canfield, which is next door to the Whitney.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:06 AM

I love the idea of being able to see the Red Wing logo when flying over Detroit .

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:10 AM

So happy for the new arena but I do think the district would have been better suited somewhere in Oakland County like Novi.

There's just no money flowing in Detroit.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:19 AM

Love the concept! You can tell they designed this place to maximize its usefulness to not just the red wings but also the community. Its great that restaurants and stores can stay open all week and the lighting of the arena is just so cool - reminds me of allianz soccer stadium in munich germany where bayern munich plays. 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

It looks like a new colloseum, the lighting effects with the RW logo are great. Gotta be the first arena to do that.

 

But overall I agree I think a place somewhere outside would have been a better choice.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:51 AM

It looks like a new colloseum, the lighting effects with the RW logo are great. Gotta be the first arena to do that.

 

But overall I agree I think a place somewhere outside would have been a better choice.

Oops, sorry Frank. I was thinking outloud while reading your post. too late to delete my thought I see.

 

 

 

Name the stadium "Bongwater" if you want because we all know we shouldn't get too attached to a new name as one day (hopefully not for many years) it will be called Ilitch Arena.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:08 PM

Agreed I really hope the name it after one of the all time greats or Ilitch god knows Mike deserves it.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:14 PM

I think it looks amazing. Hopefully it all comes to fruition. I am so thankful that there are people out there who love the city of Detroit as much as I do and who refuse to give up on trying to make it a better place. I will miss the Joe in all its s***ty glory, and hope they don't tear it down. I'd like to see it repurposed, maybe as the aquarium they had talked about at one time, but I know that's probably a pipe dream.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

Hmm, pretty decent plan. I remain skeptical until it is all actually built and developers and investors have signed on. It will be a shame if it turns into something like Westgate, the "entertainment and shopping district" that surrounds the Yotes arena. What a failure that one was. 



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

Hmm, pretty decent plan. I remain skeptical until it is all actually built and developers and investors have signed on. It will be a shame if it turns into something like Westgate, the "entertainment and shopping district" that surrounds the Yotes arena. What a failure that one was. 


Preach. Although the outlets are decent, everything is just plopped right off the highway. Certainly not a "district."

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:15 PM

So happy for the new arena but I do think the district would have been better suited somewhere in Oakland County like Novi.

There's just no money flowing in Detroit.

 

Novi is crowded as hell already.  It doesn't have the infrastructure to add a project of this magnitude.  Detroit does.  Plus, we've seen with the Silverdome and the Palace, that suburban arena/stadium entertainment districts are not sustainable.  There's next-to-nothing by the Palace.  The points of this project are to keep the team downtown (Ilitch wouldn't have it any other way) and to help revive the city of Detroit.  



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:30 PM

 

18k actual seats and into the 20s with standing room and suite capacity?   

 

The article from Crain's Detroit Business states that the new arena will seat about 20,000.

 

 

The arena will seat about 20,000, rather than the 18,500 previously disclosed, Ilitch said. Joe Louis Arena seats 20,066, second in capacity in the 30-team National Hockey League only to the Bell Centre’s 21,273 in Montreal.

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:32 PM

This whole unveiling reminds me of this:

 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:13 PM

Meh, add it to the list of all the other things that were supposed to transform Detroit:  Comerica Park, Ford Field, The SuperBowl, the All Star Game, the Casinos, the Cobo Expansion.  I'll believe it when I see it.  There was supposed to be a big entertainment and housing expansion with Comerica and Ford Field, too.

 

Not getting all the affection for Joe Louis Arena.  That place was a dump even before it opened.  It was totally thrown together without much thought.

 

So what is wrong with the Joe in your opinion? 

 

I may have a slightly biased sentiment in the fact that obviously I'm a Wings fan and I saw my first hockey game there, but there isn't much I can say I don't like about it. The sightlines are way better than the other NHL rinks i've seen games at (ACC and Centre Bell), the standing room is the best in the league, the concourse and the general place has this old school atmosphere that makes me get really amped up for the game, and I don't know if i'm the only one, but I really really love walking up those steps before you enter the building. 

 

Yes it's crowded as hell in the concourses and bathrooms, it's old, it doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing from the outside for some, the seats are worn, but frankly, I couldn't care less. I'd take a building like the Joe that has a million times more character than a septic, cold brand spanking new rink anyway. 

 

Now, that's not to say that the new building will be like all the other ones that have been built. And after seeing and reading about the plans today, I'm definitely excited. But I will definitely miss being right on top of the action for sure. 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:22 PM

I live and work in D.C. now, and my office is directly adjacent to the Verizon Center where the Caps play.  It was designed like this proposed new Detroit arena in that it has all sorts of other things going on besides whatever is happening at the arena (movie theater, restaurants, shops, housing, office space, etc.).  It was put in the Chinatown neighborhood of DC in order to anchor that area and begin revitalizing it and has really been a positive agent in transforming that area of the city. 

 

I don't know how this new arena will shake out in Detroit, or whether or not it will revitalize anything.  I don't have that kind of expertise.  But I do see an example of how it CAN work, ever single day when I go to work.  And that makes me hopeful.  


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