The Detroit Red Wings have called the Joe Louis Arena home since December of 1979, making it the 4th oldest NHL venue. We all love the Joe, but this new arena looks like it will bring some much needed renovation to Downtown Detroit.

The Joe is awesome and we hate to see it go, but it's old. As great as nostalgia is, it doesn't make you any more comfortable while at a hockey game or concert. The new home for the Red Wings has been the talk of the town this weekend, as Owner Mike Ilitch unveiled the first batch of designs on his 85th birthday.

The updates will not be limited to the inside of the arena, but the area surrounding Woodward and Henry (the location of the new arena) will get a much-needed shot of life as well. The area, now mostly populated with abandoned, will see heavy residential and commercial development in the years leading up to and following the 2017 opening of the arena.

The move also puts the Red Wings a bit closer to the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park and the Detroit Lions Ford Field, as you can see on the map below.

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