As the former home of the Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena had a legendary 38-year tenure along the banks of the Detroit River. Since opening its doors in 1979, the 20,058-seat arena was the home of a 25-season NHL postseason streak, four Stanley Cup championships and more than 600 concerts and events. We affectionately say a heartfelt thank you to our fans and a fond farewell to The Joe as a new era begins at The District Detroit's Little Caesars Arena..
When Joe Louis Arena opened in 1979, it replaced the Red Wings' former home of Olympia Stadium. Joe Louis Arena was named after former boxer and heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, who grew up in the Detroit Area. The Red Wings played their first game at Joe Louis Arena on December 27, 1979, and The Joe hosted the 32nd All-Star Game later that season in front of a then-record crowd of 21,002. When it closed, Joe Louis Arena was one of only three NHL arenas that didn't have a corporate naming sponsor. While playing at The Joe, the Red Wings won four Stanley Cup® championships (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008) and clinched the Playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons.