DETROIT (WWJ) – Well over a hundred people turning out Tuesday evening in opposition of Olympia Entertainment’s decision to open Little Caesars Arena with a string of Kid Rock concerts this week.
Among the protesters was Reverend Charles Williams II of the National Action Network.
“We have come today to send a message to Mike and Chris Ilitch … to Little Caesars … to Kid Rock — we will not be disrespected.
Kid Rock opening the venue is a “slap in the face” to Detroiters,” he said.
Detroit Police Deputy Chief Elvin Barren spoke about the demonstration — which he said has been peaceful, despite some agitation.
“The masses of people here, they ignored that … ignored that rhetoric and stuck to what the cause was out here – a peaceful event,” said Barren. “They got their message across, and it was heard, people could understand what they were here for – look at the numbers who came out. And again, no incidents, so we have to recognize that this city, this community understands the value in; One, getting your message heard and two, doing it in a respectful manner.”
The protesters marched a few blocks north on Woodward Avenue up to the arena without incident.
Tuesday was the first night of a six-night concert series by performer Kid Rock — opening the recently completed Little Caesars Arena.