Joe Louis Arena (photo by Aaron Zimmer)

Pieces Of Hockey History Now For Sale

Hockey fans now have an opportunity to own a piece of Detroit Red Wings history.

Thousands of seats from the now-closed Joe Louis Arena will go on sale Tuesday morning. The sale is part of an ongoing process to sell off parts of the arena that the hockey club left behind when it moved to Little Caesars Arena.

Full and partial season ticket holders, along with team sponsors and suite holders, will have the first crack at the seats Tuesday by going online. The cost is $150 per seat with a two-seat minimum. Additional charges may be added on for specific seats, subject to availability

The general public will be able to purchase seats starting May 12.

The Red Wings hired a Missouri firm in December 2017 to oversee the sale of the memorabilia apart from the seats. That sale continues. Proceeds from that auction benefit several Detroit-area charities, as well as offset maintenance and utility costs for the building.

The sale of the seats and memorabilia is being handled by Miedema Asset Management Group Inc. and Robert Levy Associates, LLC. The building itself is owned by the City of Detroit.

The Detroit Red Wings moved to Joe Louis Arena from Olympia Stadium in 1979, when the city made a generous offer to the team to keep them from moving to a suburban arena. During their time at “The Joe”, the Wings enjoyed a 25-season playoff streak, four Stanley Cup titles and trips to two additional Stanley Cup Finals. The arena was also home to concerts, ice shows, college hockey, basketball, conferences and the 1980 Republican National Convention.

The Wings moved to Little Caesars Arena before this past NHL season.