Today, the Ilitches are part of two of the most exciting teams in professional sports: the Detroit Red Wings (purchased by Mike and Marian in 1982) and the Detroit Tigers (purchased by Mike in 1992).
Under Ilitch ownership, the Red Wings have won 16 divisional championships, six President’s Trophies (for the season-best record among all NHL teams), six Campbell Bowls and four Stanley Cups. The team has played post-season hockey for 25 consecutive years — the most in all of current professional sports. In 2014, ground was broken on a new home for the Red Wings, now called Little Caesars Arena, which forms the heart of The District Detroit. This project, led by Olympia Development, is designed to renovate 50 blocks of Detroit into a walkable, five-neighborhood community with residential, sports and entertainment venues.
In 2000, doors opened to a new, $295-million ballpark for the Tigers, which was brought to life by the Ilitch’s real estate development and management company, Olympia Entertainment. In 2006, the Tigers captured the American League pennant for the first time in 22 years and they repeated this feat in 2012. The Tigers also won the Central Division for four consecutive years, from 2011 through 2014.