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Joe Louis Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Hockey Stadium
Downtown Detroit, Detroit
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    Jon M.
    "If you're here for a Wings game there is no bad seat in the house!"(6 Tips)
    Michelle G.
    "HOCKEYTOWN USA"(5 Tips)
    Craig H.
    "Awesome place to watch a hockey game"(4 Tips)
    Mark S.
    "Don't wear a Blackhawks jersey to a Red Wings game."(4 Tips)
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  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 4, 2013
    Use the free program's beer map to find the spots where your favorite beer is sold in the stadium. After the game, buy a Stanley Cup Championship banner and use it as a curtain in your home.
  • Allison R.
    Allison ReppMarch 12, 2013
    My favorite place to watch hockey... That I've been to so far anyway!! Go Wings!! (Also, the new upstairs bathrooms are the Joe's best kept secret! There is almost never a wait!)
  • Kate H.heart icon on user image
    Kate H.November 15, 2014
    Suite level is a lot of fun. Make friends with someone up here for one of the best seats in the house.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BurgessFebruary 3, 2015
    Great historic arena. Check out the statues inside the building! If you're heading to the game, try taking the Detroit People Mover.
    HISTORYApril 5, 2010
    Joe Louis Arena - also known as the "JLA" or "The Joe"-is the home of the Detroit Red Wings.The Red Wings have won three cups in the JLA and twice (in 1997 and 2002) they've clinched the championship.
  • John N.heart icon on user image
    John NealAugust 23, 2012
    Had a great time at the wings Canes game. Flew in from Carolina. However the arena is a pos. But great atmosphere and great people.
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    MikeOctober 6, 2015
    Great venue for concerts!!! park by the Opera House and take the People Mover!
  • Anthony C.heart icon on user image
    Anthony C.November 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If we won the game stay a few minutes after the third period to listen to Journey - Don't stop believing. Make sure you sing with the crowd!
  • ESPN
    ESPNMarch 27, 2012
    During the 1996 Western Conference Finals, two local Detroiters threw a 50-pound octopus onto the ice at this place. That’s right, five-zero. It was one giant cephalopod.
  • GM Renaissance Center
    GM Renaissance CenterDecember 3, 2013
    Looking for a convenient place to park on game day? The Beaubien Garage at the GM Ren Cen is just a quick Detroit People Mover ride away from the Joe.
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerNovember 18, 2016
    The luxury suites could use more luxury. Then again, this is the last season for the Red Wings at this stadium.
  • John M.
    John MannSeptember 2, 2014
    Old and historical NHL arena. Concessions DO NOT accept credit card. Concourse is always crowded with fans. If you need help deciding which Seats to purchase for your next Red Wings game, check out Read more
  • PJ W.heart icon on user image
    PJ WascherMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Going to be replaced soon. It's a shame. They don't build it like this anymore. Single level bowl. Steep seating incline. Not a bad view from the cheap seats.
  • Tina P.
    Tina PurdomApril 25, 2013
    The suites are awesome!! Plus the banana split is totally worth the 6.50!!
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirJanuary 19, 2017
    get here while you can - also look in the program for the craft beer map
  • Booey B.heart icon on user image
    Booey BubbleheadOctober 18, 2013
    When they play Don't Stop Believin', you must shout out real loud, "South Detroit." It's a rule and will give you street cred.
  • Jon M.heart icon on user image
    Jon MillerFebruary 26, 2015
    If you're here for a Wings game there is no bad seat in the house! (Unless the people around you suck)
  • Mojo In The Morning
    Mojo In The MorningApril 16, 2011
    If you're gonna throw an octopus on the ice, boil it first. It looks a lot cooler & doesn't smell. Plus, everyone around you will thank you for not getting slimed!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SoaveFebruary 11, 2015
    Get here early if you need handicap access. The line for the elevator is loooong!!
  • Gerrie M.
    Gerrie MartinJanuary 9, 2014
    Don't count on any posting about doors opening for early entrance to events here; hundreds of people were left standing in 14 deg waiting for a 7:15pm posted opening with doors not opening 'til 7:45pm
  • Helen R.heart icon on user image
    Helen RuppelMarch 17, 2013
    Love my Wings and if you come to a game, do not forget the octopus
  • Andris Z.
    Andris ZukovsDecember 9, 2010
    Stop by the Post Bar before and after the game! Congress & Cass. Every Wednesday night home game you can win an authentic Wings jersey! Become our friend at for details!
  • John W.
    John WristonJanuary 30, 2012
    Park on Cobo roof. It has easy access to the People Mover and easy access for exits. Avoid the JLA garage at all costs!
  • Dan C.
    Dan CosgroveFebruary 6, 2014
    Fun venue to catch a Wings game. Nostalgic. Wear your Wings jersey!
  • Janet C.heart icon on user image
    Janet CumminsMarch 2, 2015
    Perfect place for a concert.
  • Republican National Convention
    The 32nd Republican presidential nominating convention was held July 14–17, 1980 at Joe Louis Arena. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan was nominated for president.
  • Bryan P.heart icon on user image
    Bryan PontiacMarch 15, 2016
    Classic hockey rink with a lot of history.
  • Josh C.heart icon on user image
    Josh CurtissAugust 16, 2016
    The music and atmosphere is great for sports.
  • Cheri S.heart icon on user image
    Cheri SMarch 8, 2015
    Get there early for goos parking in the garage.
  • Carianne M.
    Carianne MayorosJanuary 26, 2013
    So much funn! Hockeytown
  • Matt L.
    Matt Lane 👾🔫November 24, 2011
    Students: bring your student ID to the box office on the day of the game for $15 student tickets!
  • Marine Corps
    Marine CorpsJanuary 17, 2012
    Not only does he own the Detroit Red Wings (and Little Caesars Pizza), Michael Ilitch Sr. also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Adam C.
    Adam ChannellFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have bells beer on draft by section 207 now. $9 for a 20 oz draft.
  • NHL
    NHLOctober 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fanatic Fact: The Octopus toss started in 1952 when the Red Wings played at the Detroit Olympia by fan Pete Cusimano.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BatemanOctober 30, 2010
    Grab dinner in Greektown or at the Hard Rock Cafe and then hop on the People Mover - it will take you right to the stadium!
  • Anthony C.heart icon on user image
    Anthony C.October 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Take a picture with Mr. Hockey!! Located near Section 103 (Gordie Howe entrance).
  • Megan F.heart icon on user image
    Megan FoxApril 7, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Every seat is a great seat! Going to miss this place!!
  • Kurtis M.heart icon on user image
    Kurtis MarloweAugust 12, 2016
    Good, loud fans. Fun environment.
  • Tall Daveheart icon on user image
    Tall DaveMarch 4, 2016
    The views are very good.
  • Bobby A.heart icon on user image
    Bobby AlcottOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    For people in from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Denver -- count the Stanley Cup banners, then add all yours together and remember who owns your ass. :-)
  • courtney
    courtneyMarch 26, 2012
    Get the deep dish pizza! It is way easier to eat at your seat!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BonnivierMarch 24, 2013
    Between periods use the upstairs bathroom near Tim Hortons... No lines and way cleaner!!
  • Booey B.heart icon on user image
    Booey BubbleheadOctober 19, 2013
    Coincidentally: This weekend also kicks off Detroit's Underground Sewer Racing fall circuit.
  • Nina M.
    Nina MishchenkoApril 2, 2013
    Good luck for all team and our best friend Pavel Datsyuk!!! We miss you!!! And wish great success!!!
  • matt j.heart icon on user image
    matt johnsonDecember 24, 2015
    Great seats. Organized help.
  • 🖤💀🖤 LiivingD3adGirl .heart icon on user image
    Had a Great Time!
  • Andrew N.heart icon on user image
    Andrew NoahFebruary 15, 2016
    Gonna miss the Joe. Bathrooms are horrible though lol
  • Gary Y.
    Gary YeeFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in the wrong seat, don't complain when you're told to move!
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    RobertOctober 27, 2015
    Intimate concert venue
  • Paula T.heart icon on user image
    Paula TomsicFebruary 1, 2017
    Greatest place on earth
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