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Authority OKs management deal for new Detroit arena; state would pay for Joe Louis razing

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey (27) celebrates his goal with teammate Gustav Nyquist (14), of Sweden, after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O\'Meara) Author: The Hockey News

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Authority OKs management deal for new Detroit arena; state would pay for Joe Louis razing

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DETROIT - A management deal for a planned sports arena and entertainment complex just outside downtown Detroit also says the state will pay for the demolition of aging Joe Louis Arena.

The Detroit Downtown Development Authority approved the deal Friday with Olympia Development.

The state says it will tear down the 32-year-old Joe Louis Arena after the NHL's Red Wings move to the new complex. Olympia Development is owned by the Ilitch family, which also owns the hockey team.

The new facility would seat 18,000 for hockey and other events.

City officials still have to approve expanding the development authority district boundaries.

The Michigan Strategic Fund would issue $450 million in bonds to build the events centre. The bonds would be repaid over 30 years from public and private money.

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Authority OKs management deal for new Detroit arena; state would pay for Joe Louis razing