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Do You Support a New Sports Arena in Downtown Detroit?

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think about a proposed development in downtown Detroit that could be the new home of the Detroit Red Wings.

Do you support a new sports arena in downtown Detroit?

That’s what Patch wants to know this week after Mike Ilitch announced plans to develop a new district downtown that would include a “multi-purpose events center,” according to HuffPost Detroit.

The new development could replace Joe Louis Arena as home to the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL team that Ilitch owns.

Olympia Development said the events center alone could create 5,500 jobs and that the entire development would create approximately 8,500 jobs.

What do you think?

Do you want a new arena downtown? Would it help Detroit? Would it help–or hurt—other communities in southeastern Michigan?

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Chuck Hall December 09, 2012 at 06:10 PM
If people are being told they can get a free bridge (according to the Gov) then why not entertain the idea of a free arena? The "I man" allready pitched his proposal to the Gov telling him it would have to be a State shared cost..... so whats up Gov? You can't have it both ways.
Paige Tofil December 10, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Just don't name it something stupid. PLEASE don't name it after a brand/company!
Dean Massalsky December 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
If Mr. I builds it, I think it should be named after him, The Illitch Sports Center. He is not going to be here forever, and he is on a short list as one of the best Detroit's ever. Hell, I think he should take over Detroit Public Schools. The BS would stop and the winning would start.
Harold Leese December 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM
A great idea. I think we shoud have 24/7 public bus service to downtown Detroit every 30 minutes or less. Doing this with 7 bus routes would only cost $25 Million per year. Far cheaper then building 25 miles of new freeway lanes costing the state over $2 Billion dollars which could be used for public mass transit. I think bring backing downtown Detroit and the rest of the city essential to a strong Michigan economy. I have a website on Detroit and so if you are interested then ask for the link or type in save fuel tax in a search engine.
Todd December 10, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Sure it sounds like fun. But it also sounds like giving the keys to a brand new Ferrari to a drunken 12 year old with a learning disability. Until Detroit and Wayne Co. are cleaned up I won't support paying for new letterhead, forget the stadium. Besides, last time I checked the Pistons are trying to fill half their seats and the NHL is throwing a temper-tantrum. No thanks.

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