DETROIT - They're bright red, wider than the ones at Joe Louis Arena and will be ready to support both your rear end and your drink cup this fall.
The Ilitch organization revealed the first glimpse on Wednesday of the seats that are being installed in the new Little Caesars Arena. Manufactured by Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating, the cushioned seats were designed to offer more width and comfort than those at aging Joe Louis Arena. They also will have cupholders, although that feature has yet to be installed.
Installation of this first batch of seats began Monday on the southwest side of the lower bowl and will continue for three months, according to the Ilitches' Olympia Development. Irwin is providing 18,600 of these seats for the new Pistons and Red Wings venue, which will have a roughly 20,000-person capacity, about the same as Joe Louis Arena, which it is replacing.
In addition, the arena will offer 60 corporate suites.
The $635-million Little Caesars Arena is scheduled to open this September. Red Wings tickets will increase slightly at the new arena.
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