Joe Louis Arena
is a multi-purpose arena located in Detroit, Michigan and is best known as the home of the Detroit Red Wings. The Arena is named after boxer and former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit. JLA is one of three remaining NHL arenas without a corporate sponsorship name (the others being Madison Square Garden and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum). It is also the fourth oldest venue in the NHL; The Garden and The Coliseum plus Rexall Place in Edmonton are older than JLA.
JLA sits adjacent to Cobo Hall on the bank of the Detroit River and has its own station on the Detroit People Mover. JLA also hosts college hockey events as part of “College Hockey at The Joe” – a series of tournaments that include the Great Lakes Invitational and the CCHA Championship Tournament.
Several plans for a replacement arena have surfaced in recent years, including proposals for the expansion of Cobo Hall that require JLA to be demolished. However, there are currently no firm plans for replacing or remodeling the Arena. In 2009, the Red Wings announced that they would not renew their 30-year Joe Louis Arena lease with the City of Detroit, but have committed to staying in JLA through the 2011-12 season.
Location: 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48226 Opened: 1979< Capacity: Hockey – 20,066; Basketball – 20,153; Concerts – 21,665
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Joe Louis Arena General Venue Information
Joe Louis Arena (JLA) is located on the Detroit River in Downtown Detroit.
From the North: I-75 South to the Lodge (US-10). Follow the Lodge to the Jefferson/Joe Louis Arena Exit. This exit will lead you directly to the JLA Parking Garage.
From the South: I-75 North to Rosa Parks Boulevard/Joe Louis Civic Center Exit. Turn Right on Rosa Parks, this will merge into Jefferson. Follow Jefferson to JLA Parking Garage.
From East: I-94 West to the Lodge (US-10) South. Follow the Lodge to the Jefferson/Joe Louis Arena Exit. This exit will lead you directly to the JLA Parking Garage.
From West: I-96 East to I-75 North to Rosa Parks Boulevard/Joe Louis Civic Center Exit. Turn Right on Rosa Parks, this will merge into Jefferson. Follow Jefferson to JLA Parking Garage.
The Joe Louis Arena garage on West Jefferson is connected to the building.
Joe Louis Arena is on the People Mover Route. Consult a schedule at a station for times.
Box Office Numbers
Box Office Hours
The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on event days.
Open Saturday and Sunday (times vary) if there is an onsale or an event.
Types of Payment Accepted
The Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and Cash.
Will Call tickets are available at the Box Office 2 hours prior to the event. Customers must have their Confirmation Number, the credit card under which the order was placed, and Photo Identification.
The Will Call Window is located at the Box Office on the street level on the W. Jefferson side of the building.
The disabled entrance is located on Steve Yzerman Drive, just around the corner from the stairs that face Jefferson. There is a sign that says “handicapped entrance” and is directly across from the Riverfront Executive parking lot.
Disabled parking spots are located in the Joe Louis Arena parking garage and in our Riverfront Executive Lot.
To purchase disabled seating please call 313-396-7929.
SMOKING is prohibited inside Joe Louis Arena. Two designated smoking areas are roped off outside the east and west gates of the arena. You will need your ticket stub for re-admittance.
CAMERAS with lenses under 80MM are allowed into Joe Louis Arena on game and event days. NO video recorders or flash photography is allowed. Cameras with detachable lenses that extend over 54MM are prohibited.
GUEST RELATIONS Guest relation and information is located on the concourse level behind section 101.
PROHIBITED ITEMS at Joe Louis Arena include, but are not limited to, bottles, cans, liquid containers, coolers, outside food and beverages, weapons of any kind, laser light pointers, flagpoles, air horns, and umbrellas. To ensure the safety of all fans, any carry-in parcels may be checked by Joe Louis Arena Security or prohibited items.
RE-ENTERING the arena is only possible from the designated smoking areas. Once you’ve exited the arena, you cannot reenter for any reason.
Typically children under 2 years of age are free if they do not occupy a seat. For family shows, there may be a discount for children.