Good news for Detroit as Red Wings proposal gets go ahead

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The Detroit Red Wings took another step towards their dream of building a new home stadium after Detroit City Council approved a land transfer.

After voting 6-3 the decision to allow the vacant city-owned parcels land to be transferred for a new hockey arena.

The approval is the third part of council action on the project after they approved the financing for the project and altered the boundaries of the city's Downtown Development Authority to accommodate the complex.

The project is expected to cost in the region of $650 million and will consist of a new 18,000 seater arena and a 45 block entertainment complex.

The Ilitch family, who own both the Red Wings and Olympia Development, would have exclusive rights to use, manage and operate it and also have exclusive naming rights.

The arena and event centre would be owned by the city's Downtown Development Authority and it will be a welcome sight for Detroit fans to see their team leaving the ageing Joe Louis Arena.

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