Located in the heart of The D, The District Detroit is a 50-block, mixed-use development that unites five neighborhoods, six world-class theaters and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable urban destination.
Home to the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions, District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown in the country. In fact, no other American city can boast this many pro teams.
The District is also home (and future home) to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and parks.
And now, Japan’s DeNA — a tech and sports company partially owned by Nintendo — is considering using District Detroit as a model for downtown Yokohama, the Asian island’s second-largest city where DeNA recently purchased a majority stake in the BayStars professional baseball team.
Dai Watanabe, DeNA’s VP of strategy and corporate development, visited Detroit two weeks ago with venture capitalists from Silicon Valley, where DeNA operates a venture capital division; Watanabe traveled to the City to glean insights from how the Ilitch family has organized The District to maximize revenue.
[Continue to the full article for more info on DeNA, as well as why the VC world was in the Motor City earlier in October.]