ROSSETTI’s proposed design for a new MLS soccer stadium and entertainment district transforms an important area of downtown Detroit into an active and healthy destination for a diverse mix of sports, entertainment, hospitality and retail. The design reflects a commitment to enhancing the public realm, balancing open pedestrian space and connectivity to adjacent areas and creating a world-class urban environment for the city.
Led by the addition of a dynamic 20,000-seat MLS stadium as a catalyst, the proposed project also includes a training facility, a podium for commerce and recreation, four towers containing hotel, residential and office space, and parking structures anchor the development.
The site is located at the corner of Gratiot and I-375, where a partially completed jail project currently sits. However, a new partnership group that includes Rock Ventures and Platinum Equity has committed to working with the City of Detroit and Wayne County to transform the site into a major sports and entertainment project.
The design drivers for the project are placemaking, connectivity, porosity and vibrancy, with the synergistic mix of uses facilitating this site to become the major anchor for Detroit’s burgeoning 300-acre entertainment district. Focusing on the need to restore and repair the city’s infrastructure, ROSSETTI’s emphasis on connectivity will weave together disparate areas and bridge the center of downtown at Campus Martius with the Eastern Market, one of the city’s most popular destinations, along the Gratiot corridor.
The podium will be open to the public at all levels from the ground up to the park-like setting along the rooftop nature trail, an 8-10 block continuous elevated greenspace that connects all four towers. New civic plazas defined by movement and a combination of hard and soft surfaces will offer year-round programming and spaces for civic gathering. The energy generated from the interconnected development will result in a vibrant district, with public uses spilling out onto the streets and rooftops of Detroit and continuing the vitality and momentum that the city is currently generating locally, regionally and internationally.