Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, home of the Detroit Red Wings from 1979 to 2017 is about to come down. Check out what may be the final images from inside what is left of this once mighty arena that was the home of four Stanley Cup Champion seasons. It was the place I saw my first NHL hockey game, and many more Detroit Red Wings games over the past 20 years or so. Many hockey greats called this place home. Probably most notably was Steve Yzerman. He was the captain of the Wings back when hockey first caught my eye in the 90s and probably one of the main reasons I became a die hard Red Wings fan.
The Red Wings left Joe Louis after the 2016/17 season and are currently in their second season at their new home, Little Caesars Arena (LCA). Speaking of which, the new LCA is an incredible place and a great sports arena with so much to offer. It just doesn't yet have the tradition and rawness of the Joe Louis Arena. Maybe if the Red Wings can get things turned around and find ways to win more games, they can create some new traditions in the LCA.
Although the Red Wings said, "Goodbye" to Joe Louis Arena back in 2017, it is time for Detroit to say, "Goodbye" to the arena which is now an empty shell of its former self. The facility is about to come down and soon Joe Louis Arena will be no more. But the memories made there will last forever.
Check out the final minute of play in the Joe Louis Arena from a game that meant little since it was the first time in 20+ years the Wings wouldn't make the post season. From the energy of the crowd, you would have thought this team just won the Stanley Cup, but it was the fans saluting the team and all they had accomplished for the final time at the 'Joe'.