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Ilitches release details on Wings arena complex

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Ilitch family on Sunday unveiled more details of its plans for an entertainment and residential complex centered on a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena.

"It's always been my dream to see a vibrant and energized downtown Detroit," Mike Ilitch, chairman of Ilitch Holdings Inc., said in a statement. "I want people to look at Detroit's new sports and entertainment district and see what I see: the potential for something very special. I couldn't be more excited and proud to bring this vision to life."

The Ilitch organization said the new sports and entertainment district on the northern edge of the city's downtown "will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Avenue."

"Development in the district will be integrated with existing sports and entertainment venues in or adjacent to the space, including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Ford Field, the Detroit Opera House, the Fillmore Detroit and more," it said in a statement.

The Ilitches own the National League's Detroit Tigers, who play at Comerica Park, as well as the Fox Theatre. Ford Field is home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

The Detroit City Council in February approved transferring vacant city-owned parcels for the new, 18,000-seat hockey arena and a 45-block entertainment complex. The overall project has been priced at $650 million.

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