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See stands take shape at Little Caesars Arena

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Detroit — Those anxious to get a peek inside the Little Caesars Arena ahead of its 2017 debut can do so with the help of an online live-stream launched Thursday.

Shots from an interior panoramic camera show cranes and lifts working where the ice surface will be. Stands in the lower bowl are taking shape.

Watch as the stands are erected at Little Caesars Arena.

Olympia Development of Michigan, the development arm of the Ilitch family, said the interior is being kept above freezing temperatures with the use of heaters. Crews will begin excavating to install the ice pad just after the start of the year.

The $732.6-million, 20,000-seat arena will open for the 2017 NHL season next fall. The city is currently mulling plans for the Detroit Pistons to move into the arena at the start of their season in 2017, too.

ithibodeau@detroitnews.com

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