Could the Detroit Red Wings Be on the Move?

June 6th, 2010 by Jim Balint Leave a reply »

The Detroit Red Wings are the crown jewel of Detroit sports, and a model of success for all of professional athletics. But could the team leave the city it has called home for the past 84 years?  Chances are the team will, at least temporarily, have a new address.

This idea hasn’t come out of nowhere.

Opened in 1979, it replaced Detroit’s original home, Olympia Stadium. Every season since then, the Wings have called 600 Civic Center Drive home.

While the concourse has been renovated and actually looks good for a building its age, once entering the arena, it’s quite apparent this is the oldest barn in the league. The seating is crowded, the luxury boxes were clearly an after-thought, and the general atmosphere just screams “I’m a product of the ‘70s!” Say what you will about nostalgia, but “The Joe” is very much resembling the crumbling city around it.

Don’t just take my word for it. Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press has said, “Objectivel ...

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