Joe Louis Arena facts for kids
|The Joe, JLA|
|Location||600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48226|
|Owner||City of Detroit|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 20,066
Professional wrestling: 16,685
|Opened||December 12, 1979|
|Construction cost||$57 million|
|Architect||Smith, Hinchmen and Grylls Associates|
|Detroit Red Wings (NHL) (1979–2017)
Detroit Drive (AFL) (1988–1993)
Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (OHL) (1991–1992)
Detroit Junior Red Wings (OHL) (1992–1995)
Detroit Rockers (NPSL) (1996–2001)
Detroit Turbos (MILL) (1989–1994)
Royal Rumble (WWE) (2009)
Joe Louis Arena is a defunct multi-purpose arena 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 by 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 and the second oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden until the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. 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. Demolition was scheduled to begin in September, but Olympia renewed the lease of the arena with the city and are using The Joe as storage and offices until November. Olympia Entertainment moved out in November, and demolition is planned to begin sometime in 2019.
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