We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Thank you, Detroit. And thank you to the greatest fans in all of sports. Your passion. Your pride. Your commitment.
YOU made this day - this milestone - possible. Today serves as a reminder for how the people of Detroit - how you - have helped transform this city into one of the biggest sports and entertainment meccas in the world.
Together we have shared some many memorable moments…
• Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal in the first-ever Detroit Red Wings game at Little Caesars Arena, then performed the ceremonial puck drop in the following season's season opener.
• Music and comedy stars spanning from Kid Rock to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Kevin Hart, the Foo Fighters to Michelle Obama and Cher to Justin Timberlake dazzled crowds on the concert and show stages.
• The Detroit Pistons, playing in downtown Detroit for the first time since 1978, made history by hosting the first playoff games at the venue.
• As of Summer 2019, Little Caesars Arena ranked as the second busiest concert venue in North America, and the fifth busiest arena in the world. (Pollstar, Midyear Top Venues)
It's been a remarkable journey. And you have paved the way - embracing this arena and making it a vibrant sports and entertainment hub that rivals any in the country.
This arena was the first step in our vision of reimagining the future of Detroit - connecting downtown with the historic neighborhoods along Woodward Avenue and transforming them into a safe, open, and accessible community with distinctive sports, theater and music offerings.
Today, The District Detroit has become the entertainment home of nearly 500 live events per year, including four professional sports teams and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in a dynamic urban environment.
In Sunday's Red Wings 2019-20 season Home Opener against the Dallas Stars, Little Caesars Arena officially welcomed its 5 millionth fan.
"This is a proud day for Detroit," said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment at Ilitch Holdings. "This arena is a best-in-class facility, but it's much more than that. It represents another exciting step in the ongoing revitalization of our great city. We're grateful to the best fans in sports and entertainment for making this venue such a special place, and look forward to creating more great memories in the future."
The diversification of events at Little Caesars Arena has fittingly mirrored the diverse interests of Detroiters: 190 concerts, shows and events, 96 Red Wings regular season and preseason games and 89 Pistons regular season and preseason contests. By design, Little Caesars Arena has something for everyone, and has evolved into one of the city's most prominent community gathering places.
Detroit is a city in the rise. And our commitment remains steadfast: to bring transformational change to our vibrant downtown and historic neighborhoods. That is what Detroiters deserve. That is what we will deliver.
Thanks to you, Detroit; we're well on our way. And we're just getting started.