As fans of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons get powered up to watch the teams in the new Little Caesars Arena this fall, the unique attention to detail both inside and outside the complex is something both players and spectators will notice.
A giant projector the size of two football fields and the largest seamless center-hung scoreboard in North America are sure to get fans’ attention, but what they won’t notice is the newly modernized energy system powering those features.
DTE Energy is the power source behind the new underground electrical system, which will provide energy throughout the arena and The District Detroit. The newly designed system will allow arena staff to monitor its energy load and reroute power as needed.
Other highly-visible features of the arena powered by the electrical system include:
- A 37,300-square-foot underground practice ice rink operated high-powered chillers and condensers. Little Caesars Arena is the only facility in the country with a second indoor rink
- 45 LED displays covering 13,500 square feet
- More than 16.5 million LED lights
“We are proud to collaborate with Olympia Entertainment to power the new arena, and for the opportunity to help ensure it’s a place residents and visitors can enjoy for decades to come,” said Jerry Norcia, president and COO, DTE Energy. “DTE is committed to supporting the economic growth and prosperity of the City of Detroit, and building the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of businesses now and in the future.”
DTE also is the provider of natural gas for the arena, which features 67 fireplaces in suites and lounges. Its natural gas will also power industrial grade dehumidifiers. In addition, arena staff will use natural gas heat for cooking and laundering uniforms in gas-operated dryers.
Little Caesar’s Arena is one of many infrastructure projects DTE has worked on in Detroit. Other recent projects include building new infrastructure for the QLine, installing energy efficient LED lighting on a number of major Metro Detroit freeways, and converting more than 100 business customers, Detroit schools and institutions from the Detroit Public Lighting Department to DTE’s energy grid.