The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most popular and successful teams in the National Hockey League. They are based in the city of Detroit and compete in the Central Division of the Western Conference in the NHL. The team was founded in 1926 as the Detroit Cougars, which they were known until 1930 when they were renamed the Falcons for 2 years before the current name was given to the team. The Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cup Championships, which makes them the 3rd most successful team in the history of the NHL. Continue reading to find out where the Red Wings play their home games.
Where do the Detroit Red Wings play?
Since 1979 the Red Wings have played their home games at Joe Louis Arena. The arena took about 3 years to build and cost about $57 million. The initial capacity crowd for ice hockey was 19,275, but this has been increased over the years and currently the arena has a capacity of just over 20,000 for hockey games. The Red Wings are currently the only tenant of Joe Louis Arena, but it is also used for many other events such as wrestling, concerts, basketball and other indoor events.
Prior to moving into the Joe Louis Arena the Red Wings played at the Detroit Olympia (Olympia Stadium). This stadium housed approximately 15,000 patrons and was used for many indoor events. After the team moved to a new home the stadium was closed and in 1987 it was demolished.
Did you know?
The Joe Louis Arena is named after the famous Detroit boxer Joe Lewis. It is one of the last stadiums in the NHL without a corporate sponsor.
Before a playoff game it is a tradition to throw an octopus onto the ice for good luck!