Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena is switching from red to black seats, with the transition expected to take place over several months.
Home to the NBA’s Pistons and NHL’s Red Wings, Little Caesars Arena opened last fall with red seating. The venue will now change that up, however, as it has officially announced a phased transition from red to permanent black seating. The work is slated to begin in December and take place over several months, while existing seats in the lower bowl will receive temporary black covers during the transition.
Ground was broken in 2014 on Little Caesars Arena as a new home for the Red Wings, but it was not until 2016 that the Pistons announced their intention to relocate to the downtown venue from the Palace of Auburn Hills (the move received final approval in 2017). More from The Detroit Free Press:
“When the Pistons agreed to move downtown Detroit, many design features were either finalized or already in production,” Ilitch Holdings representative Chris Granger said. “We very much value our partnership with the Pistons organization and have made this decision together. This change is also made with support and input from industry-leading concert promoters and our television partners, Fox Sports Detroit.
“The transition to permanent black seats will take several months, but will have no impact on our guests’ event-day experience.”
The installation of new seating is slated to take place when the arena is not in use for an event, so the transition process is not expected to affect the experience for Pistons and Red Wings games, or other events.