Member-Only Tours

Behind-the-Scenes Technical Tours for Members Only

All tours are scheduled on Fridays
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Arrival and Check-in
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Tour


American Center for Mobility

Friday, March 29, 2019

1:30–2 p.m. Arrive and Check-In
2-4 p.m. Tour

The American Center for Mobility at Willow Run (ACM) features more than 500-acres and multiple test environments adjacent to the historic Willow Run Airport. ACM operates as a global center for testing and validation, education, product and standards development related to connected and automated vehicles. The facility is open to private industry, government, standards bodies, and academia. ACM allows companies to lease office space, garages, and other amenities to conduct testing and research.

The site comes with a number of desirable features, structures and environments including two triple-deckers, railroad tracks (inactive) and a highway loop to test at sustained highway speeds. Testing can occur during all four seasons, day and night, in sun, rain, ice and snow. These elements help to create the perfect environment for testing and setting national standards for mobility technologies before vehicles and other products are deployed. The Center also serves as a development facility allowing companies to lease space for office and research use through both long-term and short-term garages and other amenities.

COST:

$25 for ESD members. Non-members can join ESD for $99 and attend the tour for free.

TO REGISTER:

Register online or call 248-353-0735 to register by phone. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119 or eshelef@esd.org.

Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, April 25, 2019

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Arrive and Check-In
2:00 p.m. Tour

ESD Members are invited to a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class Little Caesars Arena. Attendees will see the building from different angles — high above in the Gondola seats, all the way down to the ice level. Guests will visit the Detroit Red Wings practice ice, exclusive clubs and suites.

Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit serves as the home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless other sports, entertainment and community events. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ Detroit Red Wings and Detroit’s incredible musical heritage, the arena also features state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities. It cost nearly $863 million to build the arena.

The eight-story arena features a unique, glass-roofed concourse. It was built as a bowl, with its floor 40 feet below street level with seating capacities of 19,515 for ice hockey and 20,491 for basketball. A 37,300-square-foot practice ice rink is also inside the arena. The arena makes use of the latest technology throughout, including the 600-foot long jewel skin, one of the largest center-hung scoreboards in the world and more than 1,300 televisions. The arena also features 45 LED displays covering more than 13,500 square feet and 16.5 million plus LEDs in and around it

Tour attendees are asked not to film anything on the tour, but are encouraged to take pictures.

COST:

$25 for ESD members. Non-members can join ESD for $99 and attend the tour for free.

TO REGISTER:

Register online or call 248-353-0735 to register by phone. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119 or eshelef@esd.org.