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#21 Echolalia

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

I love the memories that have accumulated at the Joe, but I have been ready to move on for so long. This is great news, and it sounds like there is more going on here than just an arena/concert venue. I'm excited to hear more.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

I *really* hope they continue this tradition.


Likewise, but there's absolutely no chance the new arena won't have a corporate name. Too much money to be had there.
 
 
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

as long as i don't have to wait around the corner for the bathroom, and I can see the ice clearly from any seat in the house, I don't care what arena I am in.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

for me, the view of the ice is by far the most important thing to me. the other stuff i can deal with.

but then again i don't think i am the typical fan when it comes to going to sporting events. first off, i am smaller than the average person so the cramping of the seats isn't really a big deal for me. i usually don't buy food or beverage at the arena and i can usually hold off on the bathroom until after i leave the arena. when the game is over, i get the hell of out of detroit as fast as i can lol


Why? You should really go to a bar/restaurant after a game. There's so many Wings fans all over the place after a game and it makes it so much fun.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

It'll be called Amway something. Every time you see the red wings name it's always Detroit Red Wings Presented by Amway! Seriously, we look so frickin dumb.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

By the time they hold the "ground-breaking" ceremony, the lockout should be over.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

Why? You should really go to a bar/restaurant after a game. There's so many Wings fans all over the place after a game and it makes it so much fun.


let's just say i had a really bad experience years back that turned me off ever hanging out in detroit after games again

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:17 PM

hopefully it'll be "The New Joe Louis Arena at (Corporation such as Amway) Events Center" ....or something like that. It's a little long (haha) but it'd be cool if they preserved the name JLA.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:22 PM

potential sites for a new arena

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:57 AM

If Ilitch builds a new state of the art arena with the "old school" charm of what the Olympia had I bet many here won't feel so bad about leaving the Joe.



ya, just like the Old School charm of Tiger Stadium he built into Comerica....It will be nothing but a cookie cutter arena based on the new Pittsburgh and Columbus arena's...and it will be named something by the highest bidder regardless of where the HQ is for that bidder...ie Comerica Park HQ'd in Texas.

I would love to see an Olympia style arena and I am sticking by my name of Cadillac Centre. (Not only for GM ties but mostly for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac...founder of Detroit.)

One of you guys LONG ago made up a "Olympia" type rendition of a new arena, you shold repost it in this thread.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

I moved downtown not too long ago and my apartment's view is right toward the huge parking lots behind the Fox Theater. I can post pictures for you guys when they start construction (or now, if anyone is interested in seeing empty lots). But I think strategically that spot fits the mold of what Ilitch is describing. The other side of Woodward is pretty happening with the other stadiums, Chili's, and other bars/restaurants. That's where all the action is on game days for the Tigers and Lions. On the other side there is Hockeytown cafe and then a bunch of nothing. I think putting the stadium there really completes the picture. Plus it's right on the Grand Circus Park people mover stop.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

I've got such mixed feelings about this. My brain knows that it will be great for downtown and the city in general, but my heart can't understand why hockey would be played anywhere other than JLA.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

ya, just like the Old School charm of Tiger Stadium he built into Comerica....It will be nothing but a cookie cutter arena based on the new Pittsburgh and Columbus arena's...and it will be named something by the highest bidder regardless of where the HQ is for that bidder...ie Comerica Park HQ'd in Texas.

I would love to see an Olympia style arena and I am sticking by my name of Cadillac Centre. (Not only for GM ties but mostly for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac...founder of Detroit.)

One of you guys LONG ago made up a "Olympia" type rendition of a new arena, you shold repost it in this thread.

Found the new Olympia http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JrQgsvelr8Q


Website here http://newolympia.blogspot.com/

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:07 AM

Whats sad is I have never gotten to watch a game at the Joe and probably never will=(
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:49 PM

Whats sad is I have never gotten to watch a game at the Joe and probably never will=(


Well if we have hockey this year, that'd be your chance.. Probably next year too but good luck! the joe is a great place, hope you make it there.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

Well if we have hockey this year, that'd be your chance.. Probably next year too but good luck! the joe is a great place, hope you make it there.


i think this is going to be 4 or 5 year process. it's going to take probably at least a 2 years to finalize the plans and then another 2-3 years to build the arena

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

i think this is going to be 4 or 5 year process. it's going to take probably at least a 2 years to finalize the plans and then another 2-3 years to build the arena


While building an arena that sized in the location it is, the city will most likely push for them to get this thing done asap to attract the population to spend money in a much needed market (downtown). Detroit is going through some rough times right now, and the city is basically bankrupt. This arena could really start to motivate and accelerate the market of downtown. I know the building process is going to take awhile, but I certainly think the city will be pushing for them to get this thing done asap.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

While building an arena that sized in the location it is, the city will most likely push for them to get this thing done asap to attract the population to spend money in a much needed market (downtown). Detroit is going through some rough times right now, and the city is basically bankrupt. This arena could really start to motivate and accelerate the market of downtown. I know the building process is going to take awhile, but I certainly think the city will be pushing for them to get this thing done asap.


i was watching the local detroit news last night and they said that it will be a year and half at the earliest before the plans are finalized

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

ya, just like the Old School charm of Tiger Stadium he built into Comerica....It will be nothing but a cookie cutter arena based on the new Pittsburgh and Columbus arena's...and it will be named something by the highest bidder regardless of where the HQ is for that bidder...ie Comerica Park HQ'd in Texas.

I would love to see an Olympia style arena and I am sticking by my name of Cadillac Centre. (Not only for GM ties but mostly for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac...founder of Detroit.)

One of you guys LONG ago made up a "Olympia" type rendition of a new arena, you shold repost it in this thread.


Comerica definitely does not have an "old stadium" charm but I think the stadium is still very representative of the city in its own right. Given that it's an industrial city I don't think it's an accident that the stadium was built with that rough I-beam look to it. I think it's very much meant to be representative of the heart and soul of the city, regardless of whether it's along the model old stadium. You're right though, old stadium it's not.

I'm all for this new arena, but I can't help but wonder what this will mean for Cobo Joe's? They probably ought to start looking for a new home too.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

Tax payer funding has been approved by Michigan Senate;

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=411053





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