I am very grateful that I made the trek several times to the Joe. There is literally nothing else like it, what special place! But I can see the benefits of the new venue and jobs brought in, etc., too.
No stopping it, so I say embrace it, but never forget the magical place that was Joe Louis Arena.
I don't like the change. Ugly... better than the cow head thing they tried once, though... the Moo-terus, as we called it locally. I don't have time to scrounge up an image, but that design was atrocious.
I am the only one who liked the west coast swings to Cali and western Canada, I guess. Work and traffic will prevent me from seeing the first period, or more, of most games now, going forward. I do like a lot of Eastern conference teams, however, so it will be fun to see them play again Boston, Sabres and Tampa Bay more often.
The good part is it will be easier on the Wings, with less travel and stress and expense to the club. The worst part: only one game on with Nashville per season, and that was where I actually got to SEE them and meet the guys, etc. It was fun while it lasted!!
So. When does the schedule come out for 2013-2014?