Luke’s Quote of the Day: “When I’m talking I can hear my head inside.”
Today was Hockeyfest at the Joe and with a birthday party later this afternoon we thought it would be tough to squeeze it in. Yeah, whatever, let’s go! Here’s a mini-photo tour…
Red Wings Locker Room: This was cool to see, but a bit underwhelming. In my opinion the only reason for this is the age of the Joe, where extravagant locker rooms weren’t a thing yet. And working with old bones doesn’t necessarily allow opportunities for expansion. I have a feeling that the locker room in the new arena will be a monster.
Lower Level: Here you could visit the Olympia Club. We didn’t get back over there.
Ice Level: With these new Red Wings draft picks, the ice level festivities were pretty fun. They had nets set up where kids could shoot balls, a goalie section where you try to stop foam pucks, a small rink for pick-up games and little wood cutout where the kids could stick their heads in.
Concourse Level: Five players were up here, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Brendan Smith, Tomas Tatar and legend Ted Lindsay. The lines spilled into an entire section of seats in the upper level. If you wanted autographs, the best bet here would be spending the $500 for a gold ticket which guarantees you autographed items from each player and allows you to move to the front of the line, getting a bunch of friends to split the cost with you, sending one person to collect them all and then share the items. Any takers for next year?
Aside from that the Yzerman, Lidstrom and 2007-08 Stanley Cup banners available for pictures, a kids section where they could get their faces painted, play bubble hockey and assorted other kid things like a small inflatable hockey rink where you could play mini-sticks. Pretty cool.
Suite Level: Here you could visit the giant Legends Club suite area and I believe you could have toured the press box, but we never made it up there either because we were short on time. Not a huge loss I don’t think.
So there you have it. I have a bunch of photos but was too lazy to upload any more than this. Everyone seemed to have fun and for $20 each ($10 for kids) it was a good value to see some typically off-limits things.