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#21 arentino

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 10:36 AM

They'll be playing at "Rink of Dreams" for the price of 1 Starting Goalie Position.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 10:50 AM

Almost every city that has both has a shared arena its dumb business not too. I feel the same way about it but there's not much you can do. Hell if the Leafs an original six team can share so can we

As much as I'd hate to see the Red Wings sharing a new arena with the Pistons - it's almost a necessity nowadays with the economy.


The Wings and Habs are the only Original Six teams NOT to share an arena (and Montreal lacks an NBA counterpart), but there's no need for the Pistons to move. This should be a Wings-only venture and if we want to lay claim to being "Hockeytown" then we should be able to build an arena that is befitting of that title. Something that is to hockey what Camden Yards was to baseball in the early 90s.

I like the new Olympia idea :thumbup:

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:21 AM

Got a friend that works at the palace as an usher and he was told their work schedule would be increasing by 40+ events next season sounds like home games and preseason games to me. But things can always change

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:47 AM

I haven't heard anything official, somebody here in Northern Michigan is reporting on the radio that this could be the last regular season game at the Joe, but it seems they would have announced that by now if a move was imminent. I wish they would make up their mind so their wasn't much speculation.

The Palace's sightline for hockey would be fine. It is built with a 200x85 foot floor if you look at a seating chart, so its not like America West Arena was when the Coyotes moved and one end couldn't see the goal beneath them. Upper bowl seating would be farther away however. I don't think the Palace would make a bad hockey venue itself, but it just isn't the Wings and it isn't downtown, so it just wouldn't feel right. I don't think there would be any actual hockey viewing issues whatsoever.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:54 AM

I'm going to believe that they'll stay at the Joe. Like someone else noted their ticket rep told them, it takes a lot to move and they haven't started. Especially with a (hopefully) long playoff run there's no way they can do it.

A new thought just occurred to me. If they share with the Pistons that means there will be Pistons memorabilia and crap all over, ruining the pure hockey experience. An arena should be a temple to the Wings alone.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:08 PM

I asked my season ticket rep if they were going to move too the Palace and he said there's no way they'll be moving there next year. They haven't done anything they would need to do to move yet and it would take more then a couple months in the summer to do. He said from what they have been hearing look for a new 3 year lease on the Joe and a new two team arena to be built in Detroit



Almost every city that has both has a shared arena its dumb business not too. I feel the same way about it but there's not much you can do. Hell if the Leafs an original six team can share so can we


The whole post below still pertains to the opposite happening in the future, unless Illitch buys the Pistons, which he's said he has no interest in and that he doesn't even like Basketball.

From an article earlier this year on MLive -

"In a "bottom line" sense, it would simply cost more money, never mind time, energy, and effort, to move the Red Wings to the Palace on a temporary basis than it would to remain at Joe Louis Arena.

The logistical concerns and expenses in abandoning the Joe would include but are not limited to the following:


-Moving the Red Wings' front office, which includes both its hockey operations staff and its ticket sales department, the core of its game night staff, media arm, and merchandising, to an as-yet-unknown home as the Pistons' front office occupies the Palace;
-Forming an temporary ticketing alliance with Palace Sports and Entertainment;
-Eliminating the jobs of its its arena employees while attempting to merge its rink maintenance staff with that of the Palace;
-Dealing with the whole, "Palace sells Domino's Pizza and Pepsi" issue;
-Working with Palace Sports and Entertainment to revamp its in-game entertainment;
-Building a separate locker room and revamping the training and fitness facilities in the Palace so as to share the facility with the Pistons;
-Considering building a separate practice facility as the Palace is booked for concerts and events at least twice as often as Joe Louis Arena--while juggling the fact that said practice facility should be located close enough to wherever the Red Wings' follow-on arena is built so as to make travel easy for the players and coaches;
-Attempting to manage the minefield that is cobbling a schedule together while competing against the Pistons and concerts/etc. after spending the last 30 years in what is essentially a single-use facility;
-Attempting to build and maintain an ice surface that isn't terrible due to the Palace's multi-use facility status;
-Managing the transfer the Red Wings' season-ticket base to a new building with new sightlines and a different configuration, which includes inevitably managing moves and possible losses due to the change in physical and figurative location;
-Dealing with the fact that the suite-holder base might disappear or have to compete with the Pistons' and Palace's suite-holders for space;
-Asking the club's employees, including a coaching staff and players that generally lives in West Side suburbs that are twice as far from the Palace as Joe Louis Arena to drive "across town";
-Considering the potential losses the team could incur in terms of its fan base due to the shift in geographic location;
-Corporately speaking, dealing with the fact that the Red Wings are taking business away from Olympia Entertainment's facilities and padding Palace Sports and Entertainment's bottom line as another jewel in that company's crown;
-Finally, delicately severing ties with the Palace and whoever ends up owning the Pistons whenever the Joe's follow-on rink is eventually built.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:20 PM

As much as I'd hate to see the Red Wings sharing a new arena with the Pistons - it's almost a necessity nowadays with the economy.



I like the new Olympia idea :thumbup:

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God I hope they dont move to the palace for any game, let alone two years! As much as we will wish the Ilitch's do this Olympia idea, its all about money and being NEW. I know this new Olympia seats more has better views and has the suites, but really how much of of Old Tiger Stadium did he incorporate into Comerica? Now, just liek the Old Red barn, Tiger Stadium is just a vacant lot. (f&cking city!) Anyhow, Ilitch wants a arena that seats more than the Joe, he wants the midlevel and upper level suites (much like the Palace) and in this day and age of selling names, Olympia is pretty much out of the question. Look for (now that the arena in SLC is not named it anymore and with it being the largest airline in the world with a huge presence in our area) Delta Centre. Notice the "RE" instead or "ER" giving the arena a Canadian flare honoring the history of Hockey. Of course this is just a suggestion and not set in stone, but there will be a corporate name on there in one way or another.

Solution, "rent" the Joe for two more years until the Delta Centre is built. I do wish he would build a stadium/arena like the New Olympia style,I am a huge nostalgic person and would love to see the city make historical a lot of the old hotels and theatre's and other buildings in the city and invest in rebuildng them instead of making more vacant lots. Building a NEW Olympia would do wonders for the city. Pleaes Mr. Ilitch, no Cookie Cutter Arena, PLEASE!

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

God I hope they dont move to the palace for any game, let alone two years! As much as we will wish the Ilitch's do this Olympia idea, its all about money and being NEW. I know this new Olympia seats more has better views and has the suites, but really how much of of Old Tiger Stadium did he incorporate into Comerica? Now, just liek the Old Red barn, Tiger Stadium is just a vacant lot. (f&cking city!) Anyhow, Ilitch wants a arena that seats more than the Joe, he wants the midlevel and upper level suites (much like the Palace) and in this day and age of selling names, Olympia is pretty much out of the question. Look for (now that the arena in SLC is not named it anymore and with it being the largest airline in the world with a huge presence in our area) Delta Centre. Notice the "RE" instead or "ER" giving the arena a Canadian flare honoring the history of Hockey. Of course this is just a suggestion and not set in stone, but there will be a corporate name on there in one way or another.

Solution, "rent" the Joe for two more years until the Delta Centre is built. I do wish he would build a stadium/arena like the New Olympia style,I am a huge nostalgic person and would love to see the city make historical a lot of the old hotels and theatre's and other buildings in the city and invest in rebuildng them instead of making more vacant lots. Building a NEW Olympia would do wonders for the city. Pleaes Mr. Ilitch, no Cookie Cutter Arena, PLEASE!


I'm glad you like the New Olympia concept, and I hope it gets some traction in the public and among the fans. I agree that there is a better chance of a comet hitting Joe Louis Arena than a new arena being named Olympia Stadium. This doesn't bother me that much however. If a corporation wants to contribute $100 million over 20 years for a new arena, thats money taxpayers aren't spending and puts the Red Wings that much closer to a new building. I'm more interested in the building itself that the name. As long as it isn't named after a nuclear waste disposal company, like Salt Lake City's arena is now. I draw the line at nuclear waste disposal, and maybe toothpaste. I don't want the Red Wings new arena to be named the "Aquafresh Centre" or "Listerene Arena". Actually now that I think about it, "Colgate Centre" or "Crest Centre" might not be too bad compared to some new names.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:36 PM

Put them into Ford field for 2 years, and lets see if the Wings can fill it up and maybe some of thier carma can off on to the Lions :P

HELLLLLLLLL NO. Not that the Lions don't need it but the fact that it could backfire and the Lions luck would go to the Red Wings is just a very scary thought

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:44 PM

HELLLLLLLLL NO. Not that the Lions don't need it but the fact that it could backfire and the Lions luck would go to the Red Wings is just a very scary thought

THIS has already been proven! Do you all recall the 2006 World Series? Tigers just steamrolled teh Yankees, swept the A's and then as it got cooler decided to hold their practices in Ford Feild, and well, we all know what happened when they face St. Louis! For Pete's sake, Jeff frickin Weaver even beat them that series and he was possibly the worst Tiger pitcher EVER before they faced him! NO THANKS TO FORD FIELD!!!! I pity any home team that plays in there!

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:53 PM

Today on Red Wings live, Mickey York made a comment saying how history could be made during tonights game since this could be the last regular season game the wings ever play at the Joe. Mickey then said there would be more on that story later in the show, but they never got to it.

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