Named for one of the greatest American heroes of all time, and the first African-American one, Joe Louis Arena has a lot to live up to in its namesake. Ranked greatest heavyweight champion of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2005, Joe Louis held the World Heavyweight Champion title for twelve years in a row. In his entire professional boxing career, Joe Louis lost only four bouts. Eighty percent of his fights ended in knock-out victory.
Joe Louis Arena, also known as “The Joe,” is the largest indoor arena in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Opened in 1979, Joe Louis Arena is the fourth oldest National Hockey League arena in North America and the third oldest in the United States. Originally built at a cost of $57 million, the arena is worth nearly $200 million today.
Joe Louis Arena allows fans to get a glimpse of live National Hockey League action with Detroit Red Wings tickets. The Detroit Red Wings are considered one of the best teams in the NHL, with a record of most Stanley Cup championship wins in the United States, ranking third in the National Hockey League. Out of the 11 total Stanley Cup championship wins, the Detroit Red Wings won four during their time at the Joe Louis Arena: 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008. The team also holds records for their Playoff appearances, making it to the Playoffs nearly 30 times and more than 20 years in a row. The Detroit Red Wings are also one of the oldest NHL teams, founded in 1926 as one of the Original Six NHL teams.
Other sporting events include World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) matches and recordings, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) matches, the Great Lakes Invitational for college hockey. Joe Louis Arena was also the host of the Republican National Convention in 1980, the site of Ronald Reagan’s presidential nomination.?
Joe Louis Arena has a seating capacity of over 20,000 guests. Guests can choose between standard arena seating, executive arena seating, and main floor seating for events that do not require the use of all of the floor space. .
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions Joe Louis Arena is located at 600 Civic Center Drive on the Detroit River. The arena is near several freeways, including Chrysler Freeway, John C. Lodge Freeway, Fisher Freeway (I-75), and Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94).? After you reach Joe Louis Arena, there are several parking options. The Joe Louis Arena Parking Garage located on 900 W. Jefferson Avenue offers covered parking, and the building is connected to the arena. The Riverfront Parking Lot at 229 Steve Yzerman Drive offers surface parking just across the street from Joe Louis Arena. The COBO Center at 625 W. Congress Street offers roof parking on the COBO Roof Parking Deck. All parking areas accept cash or prepaid parking passes only. Additional parking options, both garages and surface lots, are available throughout the downtown area near Detroit People Mover stations for fast access to the arena.
Getting to Joe Louis Arena via public transit from any downtown location couldn’t be easier. The arena itself serves as a Detroit People Mover station. The Detroit People Mover runs in a loop around downtown Detroit, running north to Comerica Park and Ford Field and East to the Renaissance Center. The Detroit People Mover connects to the SEMCOG Commuter Rail (MiTrain) through the Woodward Avenue Light Rail line, so even guests coming from farther locations can reach the arena with ease.