1. “Red Wings Hat Trick”
This signature sandwich is a must-have when attending a Red Wings game at the Joe. The sandwich contains salami, ham, capicola, and provolone cheese.
One of the better traditions in all of sports, typically used in the playoffs, the fans love to toss octopi onto the ice for good luck. The octopus originally represented the number of games it took to win the Stanley Cup (eight games, eight legs).
Throughout the stadium are red banners that hang, either displaying a successful season or a player’s number. The most popular banner is that of former longtime captain, Steve Yzerman.
4. Hockeytown Cafe
Located right across the street from Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers), this is one of the more popular places on gameday. Be sure to get there early, as most days it will take some time to get seated.
5. Cheli’s Chili Bar
Owned by former Red Wings player, and hockey legend Chris Chelios, Cheli’s Chili Bar is a great place to grab a bite pregame. Known for their chili, this place will surely please you and should be on your to -do list in Detroit.
6. Greektown Casino
For those of you that love to gamble, Detroit is the perfect place as there are numerous casinos near by including Greektown Casino. The perfect place to finish the night off after attending a Red Wings game.
7. Great Atmosphere
Some of the best fans in all of hockey, the atmosphere inside the Joe is unmatched. Be sure to get an octopus so that you can take part in a great hockey tradition and a truly unique experience.
8. Corporate Name
One of three stadiums in the country that lack a corporate name (Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum), Joe Louis Arena is named after the legendary boxer, Joe Louis.
9. Joe Louis Statue
Located in the Cobo Center, this is a great chance to take a picture with the legendary boxer’s statue, as well as a pair of fight-used gloves.
10. Original 6
One of the original six teams with a storied tradition. Being part of the original six truly sets those teams apart from the rest of the NHL in terms of history.