PHOTOS: Demolition underway at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit

The former Joe Louis Arena is being torn down in downtown Detroit (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo recently visited the site of the former Joe Louis Arena hockey arena. Completed in 1979 at a cost of $57 million as a replacement for Olympia Stadium, it sits adjacent to TCF Center on the bank of the Detroit River. It was the home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the second oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden until the start of the 2017–18 NHL season. Demolition of the interior of the arena started on April 4, 2019. Demolition on the exterior commenced on June 2, 2019, both being done by the Adamo Group. Due to the arena’s proximity to the TCF Center, it will be dismantled traditionally rather than imploded.

Joe Louis Arena is located at 19 Steve Yzerman Drive in Detroit.

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