Detroit’s poor air quality pushes Red Wings’ NHL draft watch party indoors

Detroit Free Press

The continued poor air quality in Detroit has prompted a change for plans for the Red Wings.

The team announced late Wednesday morning it’s 2023 NHL draft watch party planned to be held at Chevrolet Plaza instead will be moved inside Little Caesars Arena.

“Doors to the arena will open at 6:00 p.m.,” the team said on its Twitter account. “Many of the events and activities originally planned for Chevrolet Plaza will now take place in the Via concourse or the main seating bowl. No further action is needed for ticketed fans, as existing mobile tickets will be scanned upon entry to Little Caesars Arena.”

Moving the party indoor was done “for the safety of our fans,” the team said.

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The first round of the 2023 NHL draft begins at 7 p.m. The Wings hold picks at Nos. 9 and 17 among their 10 selections.

“We look forward to welcoming the newest members of the Detroit Red Wings to Hockeytown, andcelebrating with our fans on Wednesday evening,” the tweet continued.

On Tuesday, Detroit was deemed to have the second-worst air quality in the world. Michigan remained under an air quality alert Wednesday, with experts warning that groups sensitive to pollution  — especially older adults with chronic heart or lung disease, children and asthmatics — may be risking their health if they spend much time outdoors, breathing smoke-filled air from the Canadian wildfires.

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