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Joe Louis Arena

Joe Louis Arena is home to the Detroit Red Wings.  Built in 1979 for $57 million, it is named for legendary Detroit boxer Joe Louis.  The arena, which is one of the oldest in the NHL, is also one of the few that still holds its original name without a corporate sponsorship.  

Joe Louis Arena, or “The Joe” as it is known locally, is located on the Detroit River adjacent to Cobo Hall.  

The arena is owned by the City of Detroit and operated by Olympia Entertainment, an Ilitch Holdings, Inc. company.  
Capacity for Joe Louis Arena can rage from 20,000 to 22,000, depending on the event. Throughout its history, Joe Louis has held many Stanley Cup playoff games as well as two Red Wings Stanley Cup victories - in 1997 and 2008.

The arena has also hosted events such as the 2006 WNBA Finals championship game, which the Detroit Shock won.  During the 1984-85 NBA season the Detroit Pistons were relocated to Joe Louis when the roof of the Silverdome collapsed. Other events that Joe Louis has hosted include Detroit Rockers soccer games, World Wrestling Entertainment events, concerts, the 1980 Republican National Convention and three NCAA Frozen Four college hockey finals.  



Joe Louis Arena under construction, 1979 - 2008.033.520

Joe Louis Arena steps under construction, 1979 - 2008.033.527

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