Joe Louis Arena was a dump…but it was awesome

The Detroit Red Wings take the ice today for the final time at Joe Louis Arena, the last of the arenas/stadiums from a terrible era of design, that was based more on function rather than features or aesthetics.

And ugly, gray building built along the Detroit River, it had no windows, nothing that made it stand out from the outside, and the narrowest, most cramped walkways and bathrooms you’ve ever experienced.

To put it mildly, it was a dump. But it was an awesome dump.

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