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Joe Louis Arena

600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI
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Ranked #24 of 87 Attractions in Detroit
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Description: Detroit sports center where the Red Wings won the 1997 Stanley Cup.
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Hear a lot of negative reviews about Joe Louis. The arena is older, but that is actually good for sight lines for normal fans. Because it's older even cheaper seats in the upper bowl have good views. I was 20 rows from the last row and could easily read the names on the uniforms. Also hear complaints about concessions and... More

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I visited to watch the Red Wings and generally enjoyed the experience. The views are excellent from pretty much all the seats although there isn't much leg room. The concourse area was pretty good even though drinks and food are generally expensive. Parking was easy and the staff were really helpful.

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Brighton, Michigan
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293 reviews 293 reviews
24 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Joe Louis Arena is old. Saying it's long in the tooth is an understatement. The seating is old and worn. There is an inadequate amount of restrooms for both men and women. The concourse areas are tight. There isn't a variety of food options (there is for drink options, though...I like the one stand with Michigan/Detroit microbrews!!). But, it's... More

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Okemos, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Im super excited for the new arena but will be sad to see this place go. The place is old and overall just kind of dirty and dim looking, and the bathroom are the worst but there isn't a bad seat in the house and there is always so much energy there. I love this place!

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116 reviews 116 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Joe is really showing its age - and yet, you can still have a great time. Plenty of concession stands (but don't look too closely at the food storage areas). But those bathrooms are a disaster. Definitely time to get the Red Wings in a new stadium!

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Toledo, Ohio
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248 reviews 248 reviews
134 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Nothing about this building is up to standards.. The people mover however does have a nice convent stop there so that's a bonus.. Dirty, dank, drab, bad seats.. The readings are an a American icon, but deserve far better.. The pistons now play farther from downtown than I live ( in Toledo ) Detroit could have had this so much... More

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Ames, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Joe is old and crappy. The seating is uncomfortable. The bathrooms -- I can't even talk about it. But it is the single best place on earth.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Visited here for a Redwings vs Blackhawks game. For an arena it has interesting architecture, lots of historical plaques and an awesome statue of Mr. Hockey! The men's washrooms were pretty sketchy.. We all had to share a trough to pee in!? (Not sure whatever happened to urinals) Never seen anything like it! But the game atmosphere was fun!

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Northern Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We live in northern Michigan but my hubby and I always find time to come down for a Red Wings game. We are HUGE fans and watch every game, usually at home on the telly. I here a new arena is to be built, but I will always have fond memories at the Joe.

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Love the old smell of the Joe, has a great atmosphere for true fans to watch a game. Always have a smile on my face when I walk through the doors, so much history in the building.

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