The Little Caesars Arena is located in Detroit, Michigan, and is home to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. It is named after its sponsor, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc, which is the third-largest pizza chain by total sales in the United States.
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Arena Guide by Basketball Tripper
Little Caesars Arena became the Pistons’ new home after they moved from The Palace of Auburn Hills; the arena didn’t officially break ground until September of 2014 and wasn’t finished until September of 2017.
The arena is built using a deconstructed layout with the arena’s box office and the Red Wings offices built outside the arena with a glass roof that covers the walkways between the buildings and the arena itself. The top forms an indoor street that serves as the arena’s concourse. The eight-story facility is built in a bowl shape 40 feet below street level and features a seating level that is suspended above the stands.
The facility was built as a new district called “The Detroit District.” The goal was to create a top-of-the-line sports and entertainment district and would compete against any other facility in the nation. The new facilities would result in 1,000 new jobs in the city, and 8,300 new jobs would be created for the construction and boost the Detroit economy and unemployment.
In October 2016, it was reported that the Detroit Pistons were considering a move from The Palace of Auburn Hills to Little Caesars Arena pending city and league approval. Finally, on November 22, 2016, the Pistons officially announced that they would move to Little Caesars Arena starting with the 2017–18 season.
Best Bars Near Ground
Several popular bars are located within walking distance to the arena, with a few of the favorites being Downtown Louie’s Lounge, Temple Bar, SavannahBlue, and Harry’s Detroit Bar & Grill. This bar is a party with the upper deck getting rowdy for any sporting event that is going on at the time. They offer free parking to customers for any downtown event, but you best get there early because the spots fill quickly. This is a great spot to grab a drink and appetizer before a Pistons game. They will shuttle you to your destination, or you can walk right out the back door and into the Little Caesars Arena.
Food - Places to Eat
While several of the bars and pubs in the area offer several food options, a few other food options are a favorite of the locals and are right around the arena that you can stop at before tip-off. Some of the local favorites include Downtown Louie’s Lounge, Wright & Company, Founders Brewing Co. Detroit, Pho Lucky Detroit – Midtown, and many more. Since Detroit is a very popular sports city, there are several spots near Little Caesars Arena that are sports-themed and will be great places to catch a bite to eat before the game or even watch the game while you eat.
The Little Caesars Arena tour allows the public to go behind the scenes and see the sports industry’s operations side. The tours are an hour to an hour and a half and are available for the public or a private group. The tour’s pricing goes as follows: Standard Ticket $20, Seniors (65+) $15, Children (12 and under) $15, and military members $15. Tour times vary depending on arena events. There are scheduled public tour dates where tours are available, and you can find those dates on the Red Wings website.
Detroit Pistons Tickets
Typically, Pistons tickets vary on who they are playing on the given night, buy tickets can be found for as low as $11, with an average price of $65.
The Rehmann Club and Motor City Casino Club are a premium membership option that includes all-inclusive appetizers, entrées, and desserts, draft beer and house wine, and reserved seating adjacent to clubs with sections 121 – 123 and sections 108 – 110
The Legends Club is the only club that has open seating within the arena that offers excellent views of the arena. Thi membership includes all-inclusive appetizers, entrées, and desserts, draft beer, and house wine and has an open dining concept so you won’t miss a minute of NBA action.
Visiting the Arena - Travel
Since Little Caesars Arena is located in the Midtown of Detroit, there are several travel options you can choose from. The most popular transportation methods would include the DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation ), which provides bus service throughout Detroit; there are also various car services and thousands of parking spots if you choose to bring your vehicle.
The address for Little Caesars Arena is as follows:
• 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
While traffic during game nights will drive larger crowds than usual down to Detroit, you should be in the clear of heavy traffic if you leave a few hours before tip-off. If you are coming from surrounding suburbs, you will most likely be coming into the city on a major highway then transitioning into city street driving.
With 32 parking locations available throughout the district, you’ll always be less than a 10-minute walk from Little Caesars Arena. A few of the fan favorites that have proven to be reliable parking options include The Little Caesars Arena Garage, Henry West Garage, and Temple West Garage, all of which are the closest garages to the facility itself.
You are most likely looking to be on the DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation ) for public transportation, which provides bus service throughout Detroit. The DDOT offers 24/7 bus routes and works throughout the city of Detroit, so at any time, you can find public transportation to get you where you need to be.
Airports and Flying
If you are coming from out of state and flying, you will most likely fly into Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The drive from the airport to the arena is 22 miles and will roughly take 25-60 minutes to reach the arena. The most popular transportation methods to the Little Caesars Arena are the Line 261 Bus ($2), taxi ($50-$90), or car.