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Joe Louis Arena


Home of the Horizon League Men's & Women's Basketball Championship and the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River. The 20,027-seat arena opened its doors in 1979 and replaced the Red Wings' former home of Olympia Stadium. Joe Louis Arena is named after former boxer and heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, who grew up in the Detroit Area.

Since playing at The Joe, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cup Championships (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), and have clinched the Playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in North American professional sports.

Green Bay men captured the first edition of Motor City Madness in a thrilling, 78-69 victory over Wright State. 


1977-79, completed 19 days ahead of schedule.




67 (62 suites and 5 super suites).


December 12, 1979, basketball game between the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan.


December 27, 1979, Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues (St. Louis 3, Detroit 2); attendance 19,742.


March 5, 2016, Green Bay vs. Cleveland State in Game 1 of the Little Caesars Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament. Last basketball game played prior was the Detroit Shock vs. Sacramento Monarchs in Game 6 of the WNBA Finals on September 9, 2006.

 Each day is treated as one session. Doors open 60 minutes prior to the first game of each session. On March 7, the arena will be cleared after the women's championship game and will re-open 60 minutes prior to the men's championship game. An index of items to know when attending Motor City Madness can be found below.

ADA Information
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 accessible seating please call 313-471-7929. Return To Top

Will Call
Tickets are available at the box office two hours prior to the event. Individuals must present the actual credit card, a picture ID and the confirmation number. The Will Call window is located at the box office on the street level on the W. Jefferson side of the building. Return To Top

Refund Policy
There are no refunds on tickets. All sales are final. Return To Top

Re-Entry Policy
Fans can obtain a wristband while exiting Joe Louis Arena which gains re-entry on that given day. On March 7, the building will be cleared after the women's championship game and on that day only, tickets can be scanned for both the women's and men's championship game. Return To Top

Doors Open 
Doors open 60 minutes prior to the first game of each session. On March 7, the arena will be cleared after the women's championship game and will re-open 60 minutes prior to the men's championship game. Return To Top

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. Return To Top

Cameras detachable lenses under 80MM are allowed into Joe Louis Arena on game days. NO video recorders or flash photography is allowed. Cameras with detachable lenses that extend over 80MM are prohibited.  Camera policies vary for events such as concerts and other shows.. Return To Top

For your convenience, there are four ATMs that are located on the concourse inside Joe Louis Arena. ATMs are located behind Sections 104, 112, 118 and 126. An additional ATM is located on the first level near the International Bancard Olympia Club entrance. Return To Top

Guest Relations
Our Information Booth is located on the concourse level behind section 101. Return To Top

Lost or Stolen Tickets
With the high value of tickets, we recommend they be treated like cash and kept in a secure place. If, despite your best effort to protect them, your tickets are stolen, replacements will be produced only after an official police report is received by the Joe Louis Arena box office. Return To Top

Olympia Development manages two parking locations for Joe Louis Arena: The Joe Louis Arena Garage located on W. Jefferson and the Riverfront Executive Lot located next to the People Mover on Yzerman Drive. Additional parking information is available here. Return To Top

Box Office Hours
The Box Office at Joe Louis Arena is located at the bottomof the stairs at the Gordie Howe (west) entrance.

Winter Hours: (From Labor Day through May) Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Box Office is closed the Memorial Day weekend (Saturday-Monday).

Summer Hours: (From June through Labor Day) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours are extended (including Saturday and Sunday) for Joe Louis Arena events and games. Tickets for upcoming events at Joe Louis Arena are on sale through the second period of home games at the Box Office window located on the concourse behind Section 101. Tickets may be purchased using cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. Refunds or exchanges are not available for any game for any reason . Return To Top

Prohibited Items
The items that may not be brought into 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. Return To Top

Contact Joe Louis Arena:
Joe Louis Arena Main Line : 313.471.7000
Ticketmaster: 1.800.745.3000, or online at ticketmaster.com
Event Information Line: 313.471.6606
Handicapped Seating/Special Needs: 313.471.7929
Event Emergency : 313.471.7000 or 313.471.7428
Security / Lost & Found:313.471.7460 / 313.471.7000
Suite Services : 313.471.7441
Guest Relations : 313.471.7422