WWJ / Dan Jenkins

Little Caesars Arena Named Sports Facility Of The Year

May 24, 2018 - 8:48 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Not bad for its rookie year.

Little Caesars Arena, which opened its doors eight months ago, has been recognized nationally with the Sports Facility of the Year award.

The honor is given by Sports Business Journal to celebrate excellence in the business of sports. Previous winners include Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and AT&T Park.

With over 2.3 million people attending more than 150 games, concerts and events so far, LCA is on track to be one of the busiest arenas in the world during its first full year of operation.

Little Caesars Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, is also the only arena in the country to earn SAFETY Act certification, the highest level of protection awarded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“I just love Little Caesars Arena. It is incredible,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Every seat in the house is great. In addition to being state-of-the-art, it has every conceivable amenity. An incredible use of technology, and a remarkable tie to history and tradition of this great Original Six franchise. In terms of the fan experience, it is as good as you get in a public facility.”

The construction of LCA positioned Detroit as the only city in America that houses all four of its professional sports teams in an urban core — all within walking distance.