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“Let's Go Red Wings!!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joe Louis Arena

Joe Louis Arena
Ranked #16 of 140 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River. The 20,058-seat arena is Detroit's largest indoor venue and regularly hosts exciting attractions, including professional sports, college hockey, concerts, ice shows, circuses and much more.
Detroit, Michigan
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132 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Let's Go Red Wings!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Great old arena, home of the MIGHTY RED WINGS. Older arena, but still fits the bill. Lots of food and drink and updated art work. Great team spirit and atmosphere for a good ol fashion hockey game!!! Good gigantic TVs to see the game, check out the Olympia Room, worth the $$

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Birmingham, Michigan
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“Dirty, old, and kinda nasty.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

There has been more beer spilled in nthe stands at every hockey game than they spill in an Anhauser Busch brewery in any given year. What makes this bad is the fact that the people who run the arena have yet to clean the floor since the original opening night.

Visited March 2012
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The old barn.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Everything about this place is ok, just ok. Nothing really negative to suggest, only that the experience depends more on what you see than what you get. If you see a great show or a great game you'll have a great time. Otherwise, it's ok.

Visited May 2012
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Allen Park, Michigan
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
“What more Can you Say its Hockyetown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Joe Louis arena home of the Detroit Redwings - My amily and I are Big Hockey Fans and usually spend better than 20 games a season at JLA (When their not on Strike) - We love to watch the Wings - but sometimes dread going to JLA because of the massive updates that are needed.

Location: 600 Civic Drive
Parking: Ample Parking at JLA but will have about a 5 min walk from the parking garage too the Arena - which is part indoor outdoor.

The arena is outdated being one of the top 4 oldest arenas built in 1979 seating capacity for 20,066 the arena was built without press box coverage areas which had to be incorporated at a later date - latest talks is that a new area of Downtown Detroit is being surveyed to incorporate a New Multi Purpose Sports Venue with seating for 18,000.

The seating is very cramped in JLA - Compared other arenas it is behind the times and needs updating. If you are a plus size male or female you may find it uncomfortable to sit at JLA - and no matter who you are if your seats are in the middle of the row - you are ALL getting up to let some one through - it is that Cramped.

Food: I really dont know what to say - I am a Sports arena Hot Dog Fanatic at some guys they offer .50 cent hot dogs so I pile up for all the $4.50 ones I bought through the season to make up for the loss. Small Pizza's are around $13 the Same pizza's you can buy for $5 Hot and Ready. Amazing how this all works - But as I hae mentioned in other reviews I dont think you can escape the overpriced Food and Beverages at any sport venue.

Conclusion: JLA is small - cramped and needs remodeling or New - But as the Devoted fans we are we will continue to see our RedWings.

Visited February 2012
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“time to re build....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Old! Time to re build,,,High prices, not much of a food selection. The stairs are a killer Long walk to park..

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