DETROIT (WJBK) - Every time you drive by, the new home of the Red Wings gets a little bit taller.
First and foremost, there won't be a bad seat in the house. The seating will be the steepest around -- even steeper than the renowned stadium in Montreal.
"It opens the door for new opportunities for the sports commission, opportunities we haven't had in the past with NCA championships, NHL All Star Games, you name it. It's really going to be a game changer, to use a sports phrase, for us moving forward. We couldn't be more excited about it," says Dave Beachnau with the Detroit Sports Commission.
One of the biggest features won't even be in the arena. Modeled after the Amalie Arena in Tampa, an overflow area will be outside that can fit more than 3,000 people.
Inside the arena, will be 60 suites that double as conference rooms for pre-game meetings for businesses. The suites are already sold out for the first season.
The new seats, too, will be bigger than the ones at The Joe. The seats at The Joe are about 18 inches, and the new seats will be about 21 inches. A new arena means the Detroit Sports Commission can aim high for new events.
"We submitted multiple applications for NCA championships over the course of 2019-2022, so we're hopeful to get some good news later on in the year with NCA coming back to Detroit," Beachnau says.