Olympia Arena, Detroit Olympia
Structure in General
- The arena was home to the Detroit Red Wings from 1927 to 1979, and home to the Detroit Pistons from 1957 to 1961.
- The Olympia was the predecessor of the Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings left the arena in 1979 leaving it with no major tenant.
- The arena could seat 16,700 persons for a hockey game with standing space for a further 3,300.
- The structure included thirteen storefronts at the front of the arena along Grand River Avenue.
- The building was built in the Romanesque-Revival style, and is a steel and reinforced concrete structure faced in dark red brick, and trimmed in brown terra cotta and stone.
- The arena underwent a major expansion in 1965 adding a 236'-9" long, 81'-10" wide addition to the east end of the structure, boosting the capacity by 1,800 seats at a cost of $2 million.
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