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Joe Louis Arena
19 Steve Yzerman Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone Number: 313-396-7444


General Information
  • Opened December 12, 1979
  • Built: 1977-79, completed 19 days ahead of schedule
  • Capacity for:
    Hockey - 20,066
    Basketball - 20,153
    Concerts - 21,666
    Ice Shows - 14,416
    Circus - 19,259
  • Hockey Ice Surface: 200 feet by 85 feet


Olympia Entertainment
Olympia Entertainment is the facility management company that operates Joe Louis Arena (home of the Detroit Red Wings), as well as, Cobo Arena, The Fox Theatre, The City Theatre, Johnny Rockets and Hockeytown Cafe restaurants.

First Event
December 12, 1979: basketball game between the University of Detroit and the University of Michigan.
First Hockey Game
December 27, 1979: Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues (St. Louis 3, Detroit 2); attendance 19,742.
Last Game at Olympia
December 15, 1979: Red Wings vs. Quebec Nordiques (Detroit 4, Quebec 4); attendance 15,609.
Joe Louis Arena Tours
  • Tours are given September - March on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on non-event days only.
  • Tour includes a behind the scenes look at the Alumni Room, Olympia Club, Media Lounge, Press Box, a Supersuite, and the Visiting Team's Locker Room.
  • Tours are $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5-17). Children under 5 are free.
  • Joe Louis Arena tour tickets can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena box office.
  • Group tours may be scheduled all year round by advance reservation only.
  • Groups must have at least 15 members to be eligible.
  • For more information or for available tour dates, please call 313-471-6677.
Protective Netting Information
WARNING! Despite enhanced spectator shielding measures, pucks still may fly into the spectator area. Serious injury can occur. Stay alert at all times including during warmup and after play stops. If struck, immediately ask an usher for directions to the medical station. Joe Louis Arena, like every building in the NHL, has added protective netting above the glass in each end of the rink.

Why do we need the netting?
Netting is common at hockey games virtually everywhere else in the world, and following the tragic accident in Columbus, a lot of thought and research went into the NHL's decision to mandate netting for all 30 NHL arenas. While the analysis confirmed that NHL buildings are safe, the league felt that taking this step was the appropriate response to such a tragedy and would make the spectator areas even safer. The league's objective was to reduce the possibility that a puck would enter the seating area during pregame warm-ups and games, and to attain that goal without unduly interfering with your enjoyment of the game.

Why is the netting black and not clear or white?
The league conducted extensive research to determine the type of netting that would maximize both protection and visibility. Test results and other factors led the league to conclude that black netting accomplishes both of these very important objectives because it absorbs light, rather than reflecting it, and causing possible distortion of your view. The league determined that the white netting refracted the light and drew your eye to the netting, as opposed to directing your focus through the netting and onto the players on the ice. The monofilament or clear netting also reflected light and is more difficult to work with because of its elasticity. The league concluded that black netting was optimal and the Club agreed.

Was the netting selected for TV reasons and not for the fans who sit in the seats?
No. The consensus of all involved in the league's research was that the black netting was preferential both in-person and as broadcast on television.

What recourse do I have?
No discounts or refunds will be made available. The NHL has provided a contact to gather feedback from season ticket holders across the league by calling 212-789-2710.

Pucks Entering The Stands
Please be aware that a puck can be propelled into the spectator area with enough force to cause serious injury. Stay alert at all times in the seating area. If you are injured, please ask the nearest usher for help and directions to the medical station. Red Wings patrons assume all risk and danger incidental to the game of hockey-including specifically, but not exclusively, the danger of being injured by a puck or hockey stick-and agree that Joe Louis Arena, the league its affiliates and employees, the participating clubs, and their agents and players are not liable for injuries from such causes.

Box Office
Box Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Hours are extended on event and game nights. Tickets for upcoming events at Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Arena, and the Fox Theatre are on sale through the second period of all home games at the box office window on the concourse level behind section 101.
Refunds or Exchanges
Refunds or exchanges are not available for any game for any reason.
Improper Conduct
Improper conduct by any fan will not be tolerated. Such actions by any Season Ticket Holder will subject him or her to the possible loss of all season ticket privileges. Any person throwing objects in the arena will be subject to eviction from the premises, revocation of his/her season tickets and possible legal prosecution.
Standing Room
Standing room areas are for those fans holding Standing Room Only tickets. Fans holding tickets for reserved seats locations will not be permitted in standing areas.

No Smoking
No smoking will be tolerated inside Joe Louis Arena. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
Re-entering the arena is only possible from the designated smoking areas. Once you've exited the arena, you cannot reenter for any reason.
Banned Items
Banned items from Joe Louis Arena include, but are not limited to, bottles, cans, liquid containers, coolers, outside food and beverages, weapons of any kind, laser light pointers, flagpoles, air horns, and umbrellas. To ensure the safety of all fans, any carry-in parcels may be checked by Joe Louis Arena Security or prohibited items.
Cameras under 80mm are allowed inside Joe Louis Arena on game day. Cameras with lenses that extend 80mm and detachable lenses over 80mm will not be allowed inside Joe Louis Arena on game day. Video cameras and flash photography are NOT allowed.
Disabled Seating
To purchase disabled seating, please call 313-396-7929. Disabled parking is also available in the Joe Louis Arena parking structure. For all other questions regarding disabled accessibility, please call 313-396-7422.
Children under the age of two are admitted without charge provided they sit on someone's lap, however, if any child's behavior becomes disruptive, the child and parent(s) may be asked to leave.
Lost Children
Lost children should be brought to the Information Booth located on the concourse level behind section 101.
Ticket Stubs
Ticket stubs should be held at all times for seat verification.
Doors Open
Doors open one hour before every game.
Guest Relation And Information
Guest relation and information is located on the concourse level behind section 101.
Public Announcements
Public announcements will be made only in the case of emergencies and should be brought to the Information Booth on the concourse level behind section 101.
Security personnel and ushers are located throughout the arena and are willing to help with any concerns.
Additional Tickets
Additional tickets for any game may be purchased (based on availability) at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, any TicketMaster outlet, be calling 248-645-6666, or online at
Lost And Found
Lost and found articles maybe claimed at the Information Booth on the concourse level behind section 101. After the event, you may contact the Guest Services Department by calling 313-396-7444.



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