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Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River. The 20,058-seat arena opened its doors in 1979 and regularly hosts exciting attractions, including professional sports, college hockey, concerts, ice shows, circuses and much more.
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  • New arena was awesome. Seats were average size (nothing to complain about), the interior and concessions areas were really cool, with tons of different types of food and drink too sate almost anyone. ...  more »
  • Plenty of restaurants and food and beverage vendors, merchandise stores, restrooms and indoor mall type of new arena with tv’s everywhere. Great integration of the memory of Olympia Arena players and ...  more »
  • We saw a great Red Wings game! The place was clean and nicely set up. We were surprised at Home many good restaurants there were. Impressive light and sound system made for an enjoyable experience.  more »
  • I would put this arena in my top 5. The entire place is classic and is very eye catching. I have been here a couple of times and I loved it. We will miss Joe Louis Arena as a very very good arena
  • In my lifetime I witnessed 4 Cups, 2 which were raised at the Joe. The electricity from the fans, some of the greatest battles on ice in NHL history, the live boards, and that comforting sound of Budd Lynch's voice are just a few things of what turned Detroit into Hockeytown USA. However...none of the these great accomplishments nor personalities can I review! And like many previous reviewers on here, you can reminice and hopefully realize how special and privildged we were to have these players, personalities, and different events held at the Joe. However, when you subtract all the great events, people and personalities, the Joe was really a drab place. The parking was horrible, and those who worked down there had to fight with player parking which felt like the size of a small backyard. The inner workings were just as small and confined. From locker rooms, press rooms to the warehouse everything was cramped and outdated. The infamous steps (which some people love) were arduous even for active people as myself. Inside the concourses, you couldnt navigate without bumping into people, and the bathrooms were probably the most hated part of the building in my eyes. No privacy, long lines, not enough, and few stalls to unload! The arena didnt feel as big as it seated, which i credit to the design and made for a great atmosphere. The seats thou were not ergonimical, and you better hope one of your neighbors would give you some elbow room or else you had better claim that space early. LCA is too young as of right now to have the wonderful memories that can never be taken away from JLA...but already many of the dislikes I had about the Joe as a "building itself" have been corrected. Couple that with the Pistons moving in, and LCA may one day have a greater legacy than the Joe. Im sure purists and die hards will disagree but moving out of the building was the right thing to do!
  • Missing this place so many good memories from the Joe LETS GO RED WINGS
  • Will always love The Joe. Great place to go for Hockey and Wrestling. Going to miss going here
  • I'm ruining a lot of memories here (including my own) but this place was relatively mediocre by comparison to other arenas in the league (and was definitely blown out of the water by The Palace of Auburn Hills in terms of what was available in the metro area.) Was there a lot of history here? Indeed there was, but the interior was relatively gray and drab, the men's bathrooms offered no privacy whatsoever, the stairs always felt like a death trap, and there was absolutely no parking on-site. It was the Little Caesars that saved this place (for some reason, the pizza just tasted the best at JLA) and the Molson too back when it was a Molson house (sadly, they changed to serving Labatt towards the end, which was a mediocre substitution.) Hopefully the new arena provides a better overall experience for hockey fans, basketball fans, and concert goers in the area.

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