An inside look at the Little Caesars Arena project

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — The District Detroit on Thursday provided a glimpse of the progress underway at the new Little Caesars Arena downtown.

The hockey arena will be the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and is on track to open in September 2017, Olympia Development officials said.

The arena is the centerpiece of the District Detroit, a 50-block sports and entertainment district. The development will include mixed-use office space, green space, a hotel, retail and residential buildings adjacent to the arena on Woodward Avenue and Henry Street.

Olympia on Thursday noted more than $320 million in contracts have been awarded to Detroit-based businesses to construct the arena, representing nearly 60 percent of the total contracts. More than $512 million — or 90 percent — of the contracts have been awarded to Michigan companies, officials said.

Additionally, more than 750 crew members are working on the arena site daily. Detroiters have spent more than 230,000 hours on construction so far.

The project area covers some of the northern edge of downtown near Grand Circus Park as well as Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, and the Cass Corridor neighborhood.

CFerretti@detroitnews.com