Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: saying farewell to the Joe.
The Red Wings will play their last game in the Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, April 9. It’s been their home since 1979 and the team is hosting a Farewell to the Joe this weekend as they say good-bye to the old arena and get ready for the Little Caesars Arena next season.
The Joe certainly isn’t the best hockey arena in the country. It has steep stairs, a not-so-impressive video screen, and weird habitrail-like tunnels to herd people in and out of it. It’s a fortress along the riverfront and not easy to get into or out of. But it holds so many memories for sports lovers and many who visited for events throughout its 38 years.
So Curbed readers, our open thread this week is how will you remember this arena? Will you remember it for the hockey? The octopi? The depressing grey exterior? Its inaccessibility? Or did you see a great concert there? And what would you like to see there after it’s demolished? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.