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Fate of the Joe

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I love the history, but I'm sorry, it's a joke that we have the best franchise in all of sports and such a dilapidated and run down arena... it's time to put the Joe to rest...

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I know this isn't the best part of the city but why not build the new rink, right at Michigan & Trumbull? From my memory there was a few empty lots in the area.

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When they do build a new arena, I hope they make it kind of like the Van Andel in Grand Rapids. I've been there to see a concert and to see the Griffins, both times were great. No obstructions at all!

I also hope they don't give it a dumb corporate name, it would almost be like a slap in the face to an economically depressed region like Detroit.

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Nevermind saw the date.

Edited by Jwo

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If there is a new arena, it'll likely be on the land illich already owns. The decision is revamp or replace.... not necessarily where.

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I don't really have anything agianst the Joe as it is, other than the cramped seats. Can't really comment on the bathrooms, as I've never used them yet. A new arena would be nice though, but I also think that they shouldn't "sell" it's name. As long as it's near the people mover, I really don't mind where they put it. Free Parking + 1$ round trip on people mover = win.

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I also hope they don't give it a dumb corporate name, it would almost be like a slap in the face to an economically depressed region like Detroit.

That's a good point. It would be a real slap in the face to Detroit by having a company spend tens of millions of dollars on another company that is based in Detroit. What an insult!

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i vote new arena. and lets kill a few birds with one stone here..

1. build it in a location currently inhabited by something run down. replace it with a brand new, pretty arena.

2. create tons of jobs in its construction

3. let cobo expand into the joe like they have been wanting (if they still can afford this)

4. more seats, tickets, etc

Hmmmm... everything except 3 in my book. Every great city plan uses the water front for people and parks. Having a hockey area or convention center on the water (let alone the Ren Cen) is just a killer. Honestly, Chicago is a great example. The ENTIRE lakefront is public and it makes the city a great place.

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Hmmmm... everything except 3 in my book. Every great city plan uses the water front for people and parks. Having a hockey area or convention center on the water (let alone the Ren Cen) is just a killer. Honestly, Chicago is a great example. The ENTIRE lakefront is public and it makes the city a great place.

Cobo and the Detroit Auto Show really need the space.

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i vote new arena. and lets kill a few birds with one stone here..

1. build it in a location currently inhabited by something run down. replace it with a brand new, pretty arena.

2. create tons of jobs in its construction

3. let cobo expand into the joe like they have been wanting (if they still can afford this)

4. more seats, tickets, etc

We need a new arena, with properly measured steps because I trip going up the stairs at the Joe way too much.

Now, for your first point, what about the Tiger stadium location, or the old train station? Or would we prefer an arena closer to the heart of Detroit? Personally, I like being able to walk from bars downtown to the game.

Edited by cirov19

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Dear Mr. Ilitch, I have a solution:

Take the money that you would use to invest in a new arena and buy the Detroit Lions. Then move the Wings to Ford Field.

If you do, I will feed my family Little Caesar's every day for the rest of my life. :D

(a guy can dream, right?)

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