Olympia Entertainment, Comcast Bring High-Speed Bandwidth to The District Detroit


A multi-year technology partnership between Olympia Entertainment and Comcast will deliver a multi-terabit network to patrons of Little Caesars Arena and The District Detroit, a 50-block mixed use development in downtown Detroit and Midtown which includes the arena.

More than 1,000 Wi-Fi access points will be installed throughout Little Caesars Arena and the surrounding event spaces and buildings to give guests, patrons, and residents high-speed connectivity.

Businesses located in The District Detroit will be able to manage their own private, scalable network for heavy-bandwidth cloud solutions and web conferencing, while offering a separate Wi-Fi experience for patrons. Additionally, residences in The District Detroit will have access to multi-gigabit speed and Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform.

“We have coupled on our organization’s decades of experience in developing, owning, and operating fan-focused venues with the technological expertise of the Comcast team to provide a cutting-edge experience for everyone attending events at Little Caesars Arena, as well as those living and working in The District Detroit,” says John King, vice president of IT and innovation for Olympia Entertainment. “We realize being connected and sharing great memories with family and friends is a vital part of enjoying today’s experiences.”

Comcast, which says its multi-year network investment in The District Detroit is upward of $11 million, will also provide video, voice, and high-speed fixed and Wi-Fi internet through the 50-block project. The company’s advanced network will feature dual 100-gig circuits to Little Caesars Arena and will have sufficient extra capacity to support future applications, technology, and greater data consumption.

“The District Detroit has become the new platinum standard for internet innovation and developers will look here to model the technology infrastructure of future arenas and mixed use communities,” says Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast’s heartland region, which includes Michigan. “We know what it takes to build a network that’s capable of handling the tremendous bandwidth needs of sports and entertainment fans, businesses and residential customers — now and in the future.”

Little Caesars Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons, concerts, and other events, opens on Sept. 12.