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#1 InKennyWeTrust

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 05:46 PM

I know there have been several of these threads this season, but looking back over a few pages and I couldn't find the last one, so...

My girlfriend got me tickets to the Joe for my birthday (3/13 against the Sabers), and it'll be my first time making the trek. From your experiences, where are the best places to park and get to the stadium? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:29 PM

I normally fly in for a long weekend from VA on my pilgrimages to the Joe. We stay at the RenCen and walk along the river to the Joe. If it's cold or bad weather you can take the people mover. It's all pretty convenient. Enjoy your trip.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:36 PM

park on top of Cobo Arena $10 and your only a few steps away from the joe

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:03 PM

I always park at Greektown for free then just pay .50 cents (one way) for the people mover. Over all I spent $1 for round trip.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:06 PM

I love going to Hockeytown Cafe, park at the parkaging garage next door, and then take the Hockeytown Cafe shuttle to the game.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:34 PM

I always park at Greektown for free then just pay .50 cents (one way) for the people mover. Over all I spent $1 for round trip.

^ This. Don't do it any other way. (Well, as long as you both over over 21.)

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:02 PM

^ This. Don't do it any other way. (Well, as long as you both over over 21.)



Why over 21? I've been parking at Greektown and taking the people mover (or one of the free buses) to the Joe since I was a freshman in college, and I'm only 20 now.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:13 PM

Not to sound like a jerk, but this discussion and question comes up a lot. Isn't it just like going to any other event? Just drive to the arena, find a parking lot for a decent price, follow the pack of fans going to the venue, and have a map to find your way back to the freeway when the game is over. :hehe:

Seriously, when I take the car (sometimes I take the bus from Windsor) West Congress St. has a few lots you can park in for $10. When you're parked the car and pay the dude in the booth, walk west towards Washington Street, and turn left to Cobo Hall. When you're at Cobo Hall, follow the other Wings fans through Cobo to The Joe.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:15 PM

ive been to the Joe before but always taken a plane in im going to the Joe on the 22nd (against the pens to booo Crosby) i wanted to go to Hockeytown Cafe so just shuttle it from there is good?

Edited by king_malice, 07 March 2010 - 10:18 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:31 AM

after my car got broken into on Cass Ave i recommend that you absolutely NEVER park anywhere in Detroit that's not a parking structure, or a monitored parking area.

i drive to greektown, park in the Greek Orthodox Church (its five dollars) and catch a free shuttle from greektown to Joe Louis, both ways.

it sounds like a no-brainer but get there early. i find i enjoy the trip a thousand times more. im able to watch the warm ups, go to the concessions if i want to without unending lines, and be seated and ready for the game.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 03:35 AM

I always park at Greektown for free then just pay .50 cents (one way) for the people mover. Over all I spent $1 for round trip.



^ This. Don't do it any other way. (Well, as long as you both over over 21.)

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:44 AM

We always park across the street from the RenCen in the Port Atwater garage. It's 6 bucks, and a sheltered walk from the garage to the People Mover. Never had a problem.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:46 AM

Okay how do you park in Greektown for free?

Every parking lot I have seen costs between 5-10 bucks.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:52 AM

I always park at Greektown for free then just pay .50 cents (one way) for the people mover. Over all I spent $1 for round trip.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:32 PM

Okay how do you park in Greektown for free?

Every parking lot I have seen costs between 5-10 bucks.

We're talking the Greektown Casino...The last 2 games I attended in Detroit I parked there for free, and hopped on the People Mover for $1 round-trip.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:20 PM

Thank you so much everybody. It's nice having an idea of what to do after driving the 7+ hours to get to Detroit. Everyone's help really mean a lot!

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:31 PM

We're talking the Greektown Casino...The last 2 games I attended in Detroit I parked there for free, and hopped on the People Mover for $1 round-trip.


This is my question, too. I saw online that there are two Greektown parking structures. One of which is attached to the Casino and is said to require validation. The other appears to be a couple of blocks from Greektown and be totally free. Can anyone clear this up for me?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 03:10 PM

If you are interested in parking at the free Greektown parking structure and are coming in on highway 75, follow this freeway into downtown Detroit. Once you get into the city keep an eye out for 375 south, (the only option is south so just get on 375) Once on 375 get off at the Lafayette exit which is only a mile or two, and immediately you will see the Greektown parking structure. One time out of about 10 of my trips to this parking structure, it was closed and I had to pay 5 bucks at a parking lot right next door, I don't know why it was closed but the lot was crowded and I felt safe leaving my car there. If you're coming in from out of town you will want to check out or bring a map of the area just in case. Chances are good that the structure will be open, though.

I usually arrive a couple hours early, grab some food and/or drinks in Greektown and take one of the many free shuttle busses that are all over the place in Greektown (they work for tips but not required). The people mover (public transportation) is a little harder to locate, but the casino staff or a friendly detroiter should be able to direct you if you prefer this method. There is a Joe Louis Arena stop off the people mover so both are cheap and good ways to get to and from the arena. keep an eye out for which entrance you come in so u can go back out the same one after the game.

Hope this helps.. this is the only way I get to and from the Joe driving in from the suburbs. Parking at Cobo is 15 bucks and a pain in the ass to get out of after the game, in my experience

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:46 PM

Hard Rock has free parking (in the Compuware parking structure) and a shuttle to the Joe.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:55 PM

after my car got broken into on Cass Ave i recommend that you absolutely NEVER park anywhere in Detroit that's not a parking structure, or a monitored parking area.

Right, I've met friends in Detroit for games, and one guy parks on the street for free. I think he's nuts!!
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