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Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

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Joe Louis Arena is a closed multi-purpose arena located in Detroit, Michigan. Completed in 1979 at a cost of $57 million as a replacement for the Detroit Olympia, it sits adjacent to Cobo Center on the bank of the Detroit River and is accessible via the Joe Louis Arena station on the Detroit People Mover. The venue is named after former heavyweight champion boxer Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit.It was the home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. The second oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden, Joe Louis Arena is owned by the city of Detroit, and operated by Olympia Entertainment, a subsidiary of team owner Ilitch Holdings.In April 2017, the Red Wings hosted their final game at Joe Louis Arena; the venue was succeeded by the new Little Caesars Arena, in Midtown Detroit, for the 2017-18 season. Joe Louis Arena will be demolished, and its site slated for redevelopment. The arena closed on July 30, 2017.HistoryJoe Louis Arena replaced the Detroit Olympia, where the Detroit Red Wings had played since 1927. The neighborhood around the Olympia had gradually deteriorated, especially after the 1967 Detroit riot. After two murders took place near the Olympia, Red Wings owner Bruce Norris seriously considered moving to a proposed arena in suburban Pontiac. However, the city of Detroit countered with a proposal for a new riverfront arena at one-third of the rent Pontiac was offering. The package also gave the Red Wings operational control of both the arena, nearby Cobo Arena and nearby lots.
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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 »
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  • This was one of the last games at Joe Louis Arena. Was up in the suite having a blast. Going to miss all the great times I had there. I was there for many playoff games and Stanley Cup final games
  • I have seen many concerts here. Unless you are rich and can afford the good seats, your going to be watching your favorite band on a big screen. But the people the run sound know what they are doing. Also the hockey. My God the hockey. If Detroit is Hockeytown, this is its temple.
  • 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
  • For the times did go to the Joe those times were one of my favorites I cried when I found out there was going to be a last game we will forever miss you Joe and we will always love you. Let’s go Wings
  • Came here 3 times from Wisconsin and loved it I’ll always remember the amazing memories from Joe Louis Arena and will always miss it
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