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Joe Louis Arena to be demolished after Wings leave

Mar 18, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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From the Detroit Free Press:

After the final buzzer at the Detroit Red Wings’ last game at the Joe, the arena will stay dark until it’s demolished, under terms of a proposed lease.

Although the City of Detroit owns Joe Louis, it would be prohibited from holding any ticketed events at the arena in the time between the team’s departure and the arena’s demolition, under the proposal that is before the City Council.

No surprise, really, that the plan is for the old rink to be demolished, a la Boston Garden and Chicago Stadium. The new one doesn’t need the competition, and the outmoded Joe’s demolition will bring redevelopment opportunities for the riverfront.

The proposed lease still has to be approved, however.

Related: New Red Wings arena financing approved

  1. areaman714 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    It better be demolished by union labor! Union labor made Detroit the city it is today!

    • wallio - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      You mean a bankrupt cesspool, right?

      • areaman714 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I prefer more of a covert sarcasm . . . but, yep.

    • windber40 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      the scrappers will have it dismantled bofore they have the lockers empty.

    • dewman8810 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:25 AM

      Good stuff.

    • slysipops - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      i wouldn’t shout too much about that

  2. wishingtonredslur - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I’d buy that (land) for a dollar (CDN.)

  3. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    When is the last game supposed to be? What year?

  4. 4everwingsfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    You will be missed, JLA

  5. orangeandblack67 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I wish there was an alternative to demolishing our great classic parks. They are the brick and mortar which hold some of our most treasured memories. I am in construction so I understand the need but that does not mean I have to like it.
    R.I.P. Veterans Stadium and The Spectrum.

    • pastabelly - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      The Vet was a dump and so was the Boston Garden. Joe Louis Arena is nothing special, but I miss the Montreal Forum.

  6. muckleflugga - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM


    well done … spoken like the model illiterate son of the great republican whore y’all

    i could lecture you for hours on the merits of unions, union jobs and how unions have made the workplace more profitable, healthier and safer for employer and employee … backed with empirical data from some of the most respected research institutions on the planet … these

    outside of impoverished anti-union right wing states that carry the gop banner, minimum wage as standard for all, hate breeding christian extremism, highest poverty in the group of eight in tradition with the american ideal southern style and, well exercised death penalties

    [ and yet they attack russia … in thought and expression … save the tanks for world powers like iraq, afghanistan and iran … russian wmds aren’t as dangerous though significantly more prolific … no protecting the freedom and right to democracy in russia or china, wot ]

    but … you have the righteous stink of the community school business program dropout filling entry level manager positions at walmart or amazon permeating your every post and your right wing lunacy

    so i’ll cut you some slack …


    • porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Wow talk about uneducated……. man….

    • jhaegs - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      They took er jobs!!!!

    • skr213 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      You’re arguing *against* what perceive to be a right wing classist comment by calling him a peasant? That’s deep.

    • dtownbeatdown - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      This is a hockey blog… get your bias opinions out of here. And if you do happen to spew your garbage nonsense on pro hockey talk, at least use a bit of grammar.

      You are a dunce.

    • areaman714 - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      muck. I take it you are moving to beautiful downtown Detroit very soon? Clearly you want experience first the fruits of decades of union leadership first hand, no?

    • dewman8810 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      It’s better than being a lazy, low-life Union member.

      “healthier and safer for employer and employee”… yeah, that’s the reason they tell you a 2 week job will take 6 weeks instead. It has nothing to do with the fact they are milking the job for everything it’s worth. Union members will defend their ways to their death and very vehemently defend their ways. Why, because the truth hurts. They know how lazy they are. The true way of Unions is to squash any hard workers and productivity, that’s just something appalling to me. Our ancestors would be disgusted that the country they fought and died for and turned into a bunch of lazy, worthless people. When you can’t even do something as simple as sweeping a job site to help out because “there’s a guy for that”. Instead, how ’bout saving money and losing the guy who sits on his @ss all day, just to wait to spend 10 minutes sweeping a job site up. Union ways are just so backwards. Yes, they were borne out of necessity and need for safety, but there are things like OSHA and the EPA now. They do a good enough job. This isn’t the Industrial Revolution anymore, Unions are obsolete and have been for a LONG time. Detroit is a perfect example of that.

  7. mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Why does Detroit need to go even deeper in hock for a new arena when they are broke. Joe Louis was supposed to be the first of the new arenas. After the Islanders move to Brooklyn, I think everyone will have moved from their old arenas Why do they need ANOTHER new arena? They moved from the old (and obviously outdated) Olympia to Joe Louis.

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