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Monday, 26 May, 2008 1:27 PM

Hockeytown Mania in Detroit as Red Wings Battle for the Stanley Cup

Iconic statue to don giant Red Wings jersey for playoffs -- Buildings get hockey fever

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings

 

DETROIT -- All around Hockeytown is evidence of Detroit's hockey spirit. From statues to buildings, there's plenty to experience as the Detroit Red Wings enter the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Before the start of game one on Saturday, May 24, the iconic Detroit Tigers statue located at the main entrance to Comerica Park will get a giant Detroit Red Wings sweater in support of the team as they continue their quest for the Stanley Cup.

The sweater is traditionally worn by the Spirit of Detroit figure in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, however, a major restoration project means the statue will be cheering on the Wings in spirit only.

The jersey, which required 535 square feet of material, was made especially for the 25-foot-long, 15-foot-tall Tiger. The Tiger will be wearing the Red Wings sweater throughout the playoffs so that fans can come down and roar for the Detroit Red Wings!

"This is a great time in Detroit sports," said Dave Dombrowski, president, chief executive officer and general manager for the Detroit Tigers. "We are so proud that the Detroit Red Wings are a part of our family and we want to support them in any and every way in their fight for the Stanley Cup!"

In addition, a larger-than-life mural completely covering the north side of Hockeytown Cafe and featuring Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Paval Datsyuk will be hung at approximately 2 p.m. today. The tribute to the Detroit Red Wings is 60 feet wide and 30 feet tall. It sponsored by Miller Lite and makes for a great backdrop for fans who want to immortalize this year's hockey memories in pictures.

To add a new twist to playoff excitement, as the sun goes down on Saturday evening, a 20-foot projection screen will come to life on the patio of Hockeytown Cafe and the picture will become clear: the Wings are making their quest for the Cup. The outdoor screen will offer additional viewing opportunities for Red Wings fans.

Finally, local fans not familiar with downtown Detroit and out-of-town visitors can get help from the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) Ambassadors who will be stationed throughout the city to be sure everyone can find what they are looking for and get where they are going.

The DMCVB Ambassadors will be easily identifiable in their red polo shirts with the Red Wings logo. In addition to answering questions, these fans of Detroit will be handing out Detroit Red Wings buttons so everyone can show their support for our hometown team.

The DMCVB also is drumming up excitement in Detroit with banner signs on the light poles around Joe Louis Arena, on Jefferson and along Woodward in the Foxtown area. The banners will be hung today and tomorrow.

For more information about the Detroit Red Wings, please visit http://redwings.nhl.com/.

Source: Detroit Red Wings

 

 

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