DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Visiting your new home while it’s being built is pretty typical, but this home is like no other.
It’s not much to look at right now since the massive site of the future Detroit Red Wings arena is in the early stages of construction, but it still served as an eye-opening experience for five Michigan-born players including Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening, Dylan Larkin and Drew Miller.
A video posted to the Red Wings official YouTube channel Thursday shows the men touring the location and talking to construction chiefs and their crew.
On a ride to the site with Larkin, Glendening expressed his emotions on the move, “I grew up going there and watching games there so I mean a part of me is sad obviously that that’s not going to be the Red Wings home but at the same time you’d be pretty silly to say you’re not excited for what’s happening in the revitalization of the city of Detroit and the new arena.”
Glad he’s not in charge of the job, Glendening added, “The size of it, how enormous it is and the amount of work it’s taken to get it done is a little overwhelming if I was doing it but I’m glad somebody knows what they’re doing.”
Getting a chance to stand where center ice will be Abdelkader said, “I think the location is great. It gets your blood flowing. Gets you excited for the opportunity to possibly play in a new building.”
Officials tout the project as Michigan-made, Detroit-built reporting 56% of the crews are Detroit residents.
The new Detroit Red Wings arena and initial office and retail space are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.