Handling the important stuff – the memories
Marcel Parent, with glasses, director of Curation & Content Activation at Olympia Entertainment and the new Little Caesars Arena, stands in front of the Ted Lindsay statue brought over from Joe Louis Arena. Man with him is not identified. (Hockey Weekly photos by John Castine)
Marcel Parent had a big job – to showcase all of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons artifacts, monuments and photos throughout the new Little Caesars Arena. And more than that. "Really, a lot of things the fans wanted to share with us" and so were donated, he said.
"There's a lot of history from both teams that permeates Little Caesars Arena," said Parent, director of Curation & Content Activation at Olympia Entertainment and the new Little Caesars Arena. "We want people to celebrate the previous accomplishments and inspired performances to come. As you know, Detroit is such a passionate sports city, and, our teams, they bring us together. All of this (memorabilia) is a way for us to celebrate decades of history and bring back to mind some of the great moments both franchises have had."
The outdoor lighted letters from the Detroit Olympia Stadium – the Red Wings’ home that opened Oct. 15, 1927 – now grace a wall on the Woodward Avenue side of the LCA concourse. All the letters but the "O" are original and were in storage since the Olympia was demolished in 1987.
A portion of the bench from the Red Wings last home, Joe Louis Arena, is in the concourse where fans can pose for a photo while sitting next to current and former Red Wings players. The player photos will be rotated.
Another statue brought over from Joe Louis Arena is that of Alex Delvecchio, in the corner of the LCA where a large mural of Steve Yzerman holding the Stanley Cup dominates the view above one of the entrances to the Little Caesars Arena.
Members of the Ilitch companies and the public used this shovel in 2015 to symbolically break ground at the LCA and The District Detroit project. Excavation began in April 2015 and over 1200 construction workers worked 24 hours a day, six days a week to complete the building in time for the 2017-2018 Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons seasons.
The width of the concourse in the LCA will be the widest of any arena, and in this area is four times the size of the old JLA concourse, with sky windows above that can be used as projection screens for video presentations.