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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.

Jeff Johnson December 08, 2012 at 12:06 PM
He can do whatever he wants as long as he's using his own money. If he wants tax dollars or tax breaks to do it then that is a problem.
Daniel L. Hass December 08, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I fully support a new downtown sports arena. Although the city of Detroit will ultimately file for bankruptcy, the entertainment district has improved dramatically. The downtown area was the first to de-populate, eventually resulting in in "donut" effect where the perimeter neighborhoods were the only viable areas. Now the reverse is occurring- the downtown is revitalizing and the perimeter neighborhoods deteriorating.
Leo Jarret December 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Yes. Anything that helps bring people back to the city, even for an evening, and also helps to connect the various downtown districts while encouraging business growth around the arena is good for Detroit.
Rawline Hunt December 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Yes, I am for a new sports arena in downtown Detroit.
Larry Vargo December 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Is he serious? Detroit is pretty much broke, and he thinks there is "public money" available? He must know how to get blood out of a rock. Besides that, I still remember how they floated bonds, etc. for the Silverdome for the Lions. Later on they bailed out to Ford Field, leaving Pontiac MI high and dry with a "white elephant" and all the bills. While I'm not against them building a new arena if they want to, I don't see why a team composed of millionaires and owned by a billionaire needs this sort of "corporate welfare". If they can't afford it, do without like the rest of us have to do. But making people in this depressed area pay for it is a bit much.
Tom B December 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I do not feel safe going to Detroit. The city must get their act together. Mayor Bing said on the news that the problem goes back forty years. Everytime I have visited the city for an event I am hounded by people asking for money. I get tired of hearing people say that Detroit is on the rise while Kwamee has stolen millions from the taxpayers. The police were outside Comerica park telling people that they were not safe in the city. Too many negatives for me. We are just considered racists in the burbs.
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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