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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

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