Replacing the beloved old Olympia Stadium in 1974, Joe Louis Arena did not inspire immediate affection because of uninspired ... More
Joe Louis Arena
Replacing the beloved old Olympia Stadium in 1974, Joe Louis Arena did not inspire immediate affection because of uninspired architecture, but it's gone on to become one of Detroit's treasures. Named after the Detroit-born boxer of the 1930s, it's the home of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings but is also used for collegiate hockey, concerts of every variety, wrestling, circus and even Disney on Ice shows. Plus, the Detroit People Mover conveniently stops right by the stadium.
Love the noise, the atmosphere, the Wings!
Best bet is to park at Comerica Park, walk across the street to Hockeytown Cafe, party a bit with other fans, and take a shuttle to the Joe. Gone several times, never had a really bad seat, however ladies restroom facilities are few and far between. Don't try to go in the middle of a game, you'll miss the rest! Good vendors, good drinks, Love it.
No new stadium!!
enjoyed my first experience of NHL, but i think i brought bad luck as the red wings have won umpteen games in a row until i arrived and they lost. stadium is traditional with facilities lacking in comparison to ford field, comerica park etc, but for authentic hockey fans i recommend a visit.
We visited Joe Louis Arena for the 2006 WNBA Finals. The facility is located right on the waterfront, with some nice views of Canada, but the surrounding area is not suited for pedestrian entertainment. There is absolutely nowhere to walk in the direct vicinity to grab a bite to eat or drink, or to shop or stroll---it's just a confusing mass of concrete and ramps with very little crosswalk access. There were ample concessions, clean restrooms, and staff readily available inside the Arena, and the lines moved quickly. The experience inside the doors was much more enjoyable than the experience outside the doors, which was nonexistent.
The first thing anyone will notice when entering this arena is how old and outdated it looks and is. But, despite this, one good feature is that it is small. This makes a much more intimate atmosphere where even the top seats in the upper level aren't that far away.
HOWEVER, there are some REALLY BAD seats here, generally anything upper level row 21 or higher. They made some little corners in the back of the arena hold extra seating, and in these sections, it is very closed in and the angle of the seating makes it hard to see. If you are in one of these sections, you'll probably have to stand the entire time to see, and you may even hit your head on the ceiling. The standing room seats are about the same price and offer a great view from the lower level if you don't mind standing for the game. Another benefit of standing room is ease of getting in and out for beer, bathrooms, etc.
Speaking of bathrooms, another problem with this arena is that the bathrooms are quite inadequate. You can easily spend 20 minutes in line for the bathroom if you time it poorly.
However, Red Wings fans will tell you that they are attached to the Joe and wouldn't trade it for any new-fangled stadium.
This place is HUGE - this is where the Red Wings play. It is right on the waterfront - when concerts are held here you better have front row seats because the bleed nose seats are really far away. Please take note: Their are steps leading up to the front doors - if you are not in shape take the elevator.
Just an overall great place to see concerts!!! Great staff, great location, good shows good concerts very intertaining. It was an overall great time and think everyone should go to any concerts or shows they offer. Hats off to them!
I like the atmosphere and its right next to the heart fo Detroit, kind of scary but hey I still love it. I want to go to a red wings game so bad but I only went to an after party a long time ago and always wanted to go back again.
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