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Ilitch reveals plan for new $450m, 18,000-seat Red Wings arena

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#61 haroldsnepsts



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:35 AM

I wanted them to keep the Joe and didn't like new arenas.  Then I went to a game at the Staples Center, where in between periods you can actually go to the bathroom, get a beer and get back to your seat before the next period starts.  Sight lines probably aren't quite as good as the Joe but they also don't have the death stairs.


To try and retrofit the Joe and bring it up to modern standards probably costs more than building a new one.  Plus based on how they've talked about it, this is about much more than a new arena for the Wings.  It would help create and expand an entertainment district downtown.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:44 AM

Agree that new arenas suck, but I can see why they went new.

Sometimes new construction is easier and cheaper than renovating buildings that are hopelessly out of date and far below code or amenities. Also, as stated, it helps reshape the city geographically, economically and image-wise.

Also, I think it's been established that the city isn't paying for this.


Sadly the Joe is ~ 14 hours (plane) away from where I life so I don't know how "outdated" it really is, but I always wanted to visit it one day all the history, great memories and the rafters would be just awesome to see.


Sadly the city is paying some part of this, public money +  private money + Olympia, acorrding to this article.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:22 AM

i just hope we have a team worthy enough to play in the new place 

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:36 AM

I just hope that people can afford the ticket prices and the seats are not miles away from the ice :confused:

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

I hope it's set up like the Palace. Also need lots of leg room for us taller fans lol

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