Useful information, I'm going to the Joe for my first time too for the Jan 31st game against the Caps, I'm excited about it!
How early do the doors open and can I bring my camera? I'm gonna want to take pictures of practice. We have seats in the nosebleeds but I read above that the ushers will let you down to watch practice (another question I had, lol). I want to wander around and check out the concourse too
The doors usually open about an hour before the game. Yes, most definitely take your camera. There are certain restrictions on lens length but you can get that info on the Wings website. Yes you can go down by the glass and take pictures. That's what so great about the Joe, not like the United Center where unless you have tickets in the lower bowl they won't let you (btw screw the Hawks and the United Center).
The Joe may be old but you'll never forget it. Will be a sad day when they build the new one and tear this one down .