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Red Wings Fans Impressed With Little Caesars Arena Hockey Debut

Red Wings players "admitted to nerves and occasional distractions" as the team "inaugurated Little Caesars Arena" with a 5-1 exhibition win over the Bruins last night. There "wasn't much atmosphere at the start -- there were pockets of empty seats in every section -- but the place got loud and lively" once the Red Wings scored (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/24). Enthusiasm "came easy" for the Red Wings during the game. But the size of the crowd "underwhelmed" as the arena was "just about slightly over half full." Little Caesars Arena "seemed to impress pretty much everyone, despite an occasional glitch." But the arena "impresses in ways" that any $869M sports venue should, and the Ilitches and the Red Wings "got a lot of things right" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/24).
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