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Goodbye To The ‘Joe’

from Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press,

Though it's time for Joe Louis Arena to go, you can't help but feel sad as you watch the demolition process unfold.

Thanks to Detroit Red Wings photographer Dave Reginek, we now have a new look inside the Joe as demolition work continues inside the arena.

Reginek posted a variety of photos on his Facebook and Instagram pages Wednesday, including a 360-degree look from where center ice used to be.

The ice is gone, of course. Though most of the beams are still up, the lower bowl is now piles of rubble. The views, especially from the concourse, are somewhat jarring, especially for those with fond memories of going to Red Wings games over the years.

continue for the pictures...

update 11:30am, the pics in the article have been removed, so basically not much reason to visit the link.

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Red Winger's avatar

It was time, but still sad.

Lots of great memories in that place. I hear the memories I don’t remember were even better.


Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/16/19 at 11:10 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Dang, they just removed the photos.  Must not have had the appropriate permissions…or they realized there was money to make from the pics instead. 

It’s one of those things though - you almost hate to see the pictures of what it’s like now.  The memories I have are so much better, and I kind of want to keep it that way.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/16/19 at 11:20 AM ET

Paul's avatar

In other news, Mantha has two more goals today against France.

5g, 9pts. in WC.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/16/19 at 12:18 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

A dear friend of mine, name of Joe by the way, gave me a Certified Board Hockey card in 2002 with a piece of the boards from the Joe. It was part of the Joe during the back to back Cup runs. Joe has since passed on, and I miss him every day.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/16/19 at 03:05 PM ET


I had a friend named Joe Schmo. He enjoyed Alvins.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 05/16/19 at 03:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I really don’t want to see the pics anyway lol.

All those red and white banners suspended above the playing surface was a unique home for our team that isn’t recreated at the new facility.  Good that the Pistons play downtown too but I wish it was in a different arena.

Posted by RWBill on 05/16/19 at 03:48 PM ET

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