DETROIT (WWJ) — In the first of many events in a season-long tribute, the Detroit Red Wings began to honor the building they have called home for more than 30 years on Monday night.

The Wings play their first home game of the season Monday — the last opening night in the long, storied history of Joe Louis Arena. A pregame ceremony included a history lesson in the form of a video narrated by Michigan native Jeff Daniels.

The Red Wings will move to the still-under-construction Little Caesars Arena next year. Their new $627 million home set to open in 2017.

Joe Louis Arena opened in 1979 and has housed the Wings ever since. The team played at Olympia Stadium for more than 40 years before that.

Comments (3)
  1. Michael says:

    I was at the 1st game against the Blues. I even got Ted Lindsay’s autograph on my ticket stub. The whole evening was cool.

  2. Frankie says:

    I miss the Olympia, bt too bd about that neighbor’hood’.

  3. Amy Mare says:

    So what’s going to happen to JLA?

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