The best days of “The Joe” belong to history—but that doesn’t mean everything from the former home of the Detroit Red Wings is gone.
Fans and collectors will have an opportunity to own a piece of the arena’s history through an online memorabilia auction that begins on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Joe Louis Arena was home to four Wings Stanley Cup Championships (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008) and more than 600 concerts and events since it opened in 1979.
The online auction includes player lockers, locker room doors and signage, hundreds of photos of Wings greats throughout the years and Stanley Cup championship teams, signs that hung inside the facility, storage lockers from the players lounge, program stands, banners, doors with the Wings’ logo and even the beer taps. In all, more than 800 lots are being offered.
Seats from the arena will be sold directly to the public at a later date.
The auction begins as Olympia Entertainment and Detroit Red Wings employees are in the process of relocating their offices to Little Caesars Arena. The companies expect to fully depart Joe Louis Arena by the end of this year.
“We’re excited to provide fans an opportunity to celebrate Joe Louis Arena’s rich tradition and heritage through this auction,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “The Joe will always represent a special era, where countless memories in sports and entertainment were made for the Detroit community and its people.”
The auction, being held in conjunction with Schneider Industries, will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at BidontheJoe.com. There is a buyer’s premium attached to each lot sold.