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ARENA HISTORY AND FACTS



ADDRESS

Joe Louis Arena
19 Steve Yzerman Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48226

PHONE NUMBER
(313) 471-7444

Joe Louis Arena, nicknamed “The Joe,” is the home of the Detroit Red Wings as well as a venue for many concerts and shows.  Joe Louis Arena opened up in 1979 and replaced the Red Wings current home of Olympia Stadium.  Joe Louis Arena is named after the former boxer and heavy weight champion Joe Louis who grew up in the Detroit Area.  Being Named Joe Louis Arena makes it one of only three arenas within the NHL not having a corporate naming sponsor.  The Detroit Red Wings played their first game at Joe Louis Arena on December 27th, 1979.  The Joe then hosted the 32nd All-Star game later that first season in which the game was played in front of a then record crowd of 21,002.  Since playing at the Joe the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008), and have appeared in the Playoffs a record setting 20 years straight.   

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
Ice Hockey Surface - 200 feet by 85 feet 



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