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Farewell Season at The Joe

Since 1979, the Detroit Red Wings have called Joe Louis Arena home. During that time, the team has won the Stanley Cup four times, captured a division championship 16 times and qualified for the playoffs 30 times — including a franchise-record run of 25 straight appearances. With the team moving to Little Caesars Arena for the 2017–2018 NHL season, the coming months will be your last to experience the magic of Red Wings hockey at The Joe.

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AprilintheD VitoPalmisano

There’s no time in Detroit quite like when April rolls around each spring and sports fans celebrate the collision of hockey, basketball and baseball seasons. Here’s a quick rundown of Detroit sports and ways you can get in the spirit of April in the D.

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WinterClassic vintage-wings-leafs-uniforms BillBowen 3

It’s one of the biggest celebrations of the sport of hockey ever and it’s happening at the end of this month. If you’re visiting the Detroit area for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic matchup of Original Six rivals Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, you’ll want to come early to make the most of your time in metro Detroit! For hockey fans (even those without tickets to the big game), a wealth of hockey-related activities await.

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Detroit will live up to its Hockeytown moniker next month as the host of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, an outdoor hockey extravaganza. The infield of the open-air Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the site of this historic soiree, will be transformed into a hockey rink that will showcase all levels of play. The festival precedes the highly anticipated Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® matchup between Original Six rivals the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

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Ask a Detroiter to put a pin in the heart of the city and many would place it in Hart Plaza. Aptly named, the 14-acre plaza actually honors the late U.S. Sen. Phillip A. Hart, a Civil Rights Act supporter known as “The Conscience of the Senate.” Today, it is both a place for public art and a venue for artists of all sorts.

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