Hey guys, as the title would suggest, I’m going to the Joe for the first time this Saturday to watch our boys play the Kings, and I’m super pumped about it!
The reason I’m posting is that I'm looking for a little bit of help. I'm a Canadian from northern Ontario, and therefor am not familiar with the area. The wife booked us a hotel in Windsor for the night, and so my question would be: is there an efficient way to get to and from the Joe without driving (I plan on having a few beverages) from Windsor? If not, where would be the best/safest place to park (I’m not a fan of arena parking lots, and am not opposed to taking a cab)?
I plan on driving down early Saturday morning, so we should have plenty of time before the game. Are there any attractions or sights worth seeing? Places a diehard Red Wings fan needs to go to? Is the Joe an adequate place to buy RW memorabilia, or is there a better place?
I appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks guys.
Ops, feel free to move this thread if its in the wrong place.
Hockeytown Cafe is a good place for lunch before the game (a bit on the expensive side, but good). There's also Chelli's Chilli down the road a bit as well. The people mover has several stops that can get you close to things without having to walk forever so pay attention to the map and stations (and I believe you can grab a paper map). As far as merch, the Joe has some good stuff but also pricey. They also have a store where you can buy game worn/used merchandise (some even autographed by said player) such as sticks, jerseys, pads , gloves etc. Very expensive but if I'm not mistaken it's non profit and goes to charity.
A good after game bar to go to would be Cobo Joes. It's a wings bar and is very wings oriented. They even usually do jersey raffles and stuff. If you go before game you can usually get free raffle tix, then you return after the game for the drawing (must be present.).
Be forewarned, the Joe is an old and severely outdated arena. But it has personality, and TONS of legendary memories and stigma attached to it. The bathrooms are old, smelly and outdated, and the seats will leave you feeling cramped. That said, there's really not a bad seat in the house. Even nosebleeds are worth while.
Now, I'm sure like most people not from the D, you've heard the stories about how scary it is, and how you'll get robbed etc. While I will not deny Detroit is in shambles, the downtown area is relatively safe. You'll have the occasional bum beg change or a cigarette but usually they're very nice. My advice, don't feed one or you'll have them coming in droves unfortunately. I've been going to the Joe since I was about 6 or 7 and I'm now 30, and have YET to have incident so no reason to worry. Detroit is bad but people make it out worse than it is. Stick to downtown and don't stray into the ghetto and you'll be ok.
One last word of advice, dress warm. It's winter obviously and the joe being right on the Detroit river, the wind is EXTREMELY cold. If you don't bring gloves/hat etc, you'll be very sorry if you plan on exploring the area surrounding the Joe. I took my gf(now wife) to a wings game on one of our first dates, and she didn't heed my advice, so I ended up giving her all my warm gear and ended up walking around MISERABLE most of the time from the cold. Better safe than sorry.
Any more questions, I'd be happy to answer.
Edited by Kmahrle83, 14 January 2014 - 05:41 PM.