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$3.25 Million Fix Planned For Joe Louis Arena

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 22: Joe Louis Arena is shown prior to the start of Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins on April 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bruins defeated the Wings 3-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 22: Joe Louis Arena is shown prior to the start of Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins on April 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bruins defeated the Wings 3-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — Joe Louis Arena is getting $3.25 million in repairs to its parking garage despite the fact that the Detroit Red Wings venue is slated to close.

The Detroit Free Press says the city of Detroit will spend $2 million to fix structural damage to the Joe Louis Arena parking garage, while the Red Wings will spend about $1.25 million to repair 600 parking spaces.

The city and the Ilitch family-owned team are planning a new, 18,000-seat hockey arena and a 45-block entertainment complex north of downtown Detroit. It will cost an estimated $650 million and is scheduled to open in 2017.

The Red Wings have played at the riverfront Joe Louis Arena since 1979.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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