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‘Positive progress’ in Red Wings’ new arena

Apr 24, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings will eventually be moving out of Joe Louis Arena and into a brand new building, although there is no exact date as of yet.

“Everybody is working hard and there’s positive progress,” Chris Ilitch, the president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

“I’d prefer not to make any predictions and just keep working away and continue to do our due diligence and see what we can put together.”

Joe Louis Arena first opened in 1979 and, according to the Associated Press, is among the oldest arenas in the National Hockey League.

On Feb. 3, Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business, citing Mark Rosentraub, a professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, reported that construction on a new downtown arena was expected to begin “no later than autumn.”

  1. hockeydon10 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I seriously hope they don’t name it after some f****** corporation. JLA is one of the very few remaining sports venues that hasn’t sold its naming rights off.

    How does Gordie Howe Arena sound for the new barn? Perfect, if I do say so myself.

    • philliesblow - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      No chance it’s named after Gordie, too much $$$ available in naming rights. Years ago a street along Tiger Stadium was renamed Kaline Drive. I think 2 of the streets around the new arena should be renamed Howe Street and Yzerman Street.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Corner of Howe and Yzerman streets would be a good place for the statues of Sawchuk, Lindsay and Lidstrom.

  2. polegojim - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I agree Don… but reality is different than our feelings.

    Those naming rights are big money and the entire nation knows that the City of Detroit needs it.

    I’m sure the venue will have shared revenue components.

    BTW… GREAT WINGS WIN… and everyone said the Kings would run them over!

    Go RED WINGS!

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      I know. Millions get paid for those rights. It’s still a shame. It’s almost like a regional or cultural icon being sold to the highest bidder.

      And it was a superb win last night. That one was unexpected. I figured they needed three 3 in their last 4 to get in and L.A. was going to be the toughest one.

  3. goodellisruiningtheleague - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    What was that on the ice they were showing on NBC? It looked like a squid or something

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Yeah, the sea creature fell out of a luxury box where they were making sushi.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        BTW, I’m assuming good was being sarcastic with the question, since it’s illegal to be that uninformed about Detroit’s April octopus tradition. It’s only a misdemeanor, but still. And April 15 was the 61st anniversary of the culmination of that unmatchable Cup run.

    • clefty1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      If it was before the game it might of been Pierre Mcguire…

  4. clefty1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The Wings need a new arena, the Joe is old and outdated the bathroom situation is just aweful and the seating is cramped…

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