Safety and Better Views at a Sports Arena

Detroit’s Little Caesar Arena features glass and aluminum rails to provide spectator safety, and give them optimum views from higher seating arrangements.

Challenge: 

 Giving new meaning to the term “upper level,” Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena features a unique gondola-style seating area that is suspended high above the playing area. This exceptional arrangement would not be possible, nor useful, without several hundred feet of strong, secure glass Track Rail provided by Trex Commercial Products.

Home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons, Little Caesars Arena is located in The District Detroit and is designed to be one of the most intimate venues in both hockey and basketball. The lower bowl at Little Caesars Arena comprises more than half of the arena’s seats, giving the home team a loud—and close—cheering section.

Criteria: 

“The intimate feel throughout the venue is an important feature for Little Caesars Arena and its guests,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “However, whenever you have suspended structures like the gondola seating areas, it is important to have railings that optimize safety and stability without sacrificing aesthetics or visibility.

Solution: 

The glass Track Rail railings used throughout the facility are comprised of 0.5-in. and 0.75-in. clear, tempered, laminated glass installed with steel embeds and secured with welded steel stiffener plates. The aisles are fitted with core-drilled anodized aluminum rails and stud-welded Gridguard—perforated custom mesh—railing foran ideal mix of security and visual appeal.

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