$3.25 million fix planned for Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, Red Wings plan $3.25 million in parking repairs to soon-to-be-left Joe Louis Arena
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 17, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Louis Arena is getting $3.25 million in repairs to its parking garage despite the fact that the Detroit Red Wings venue is slated to close.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1pUSFhY ) says the city of Detroit will spend $2 million to fix structural damage to the Joe Louis Arena parking garage, while the Red Wings will spend about $1.25 million to repair 600 parking spaces.

The city and the Ilitch family-owned team are planning a new, 18,000-seat hockey arena and a 45-block entertainment complex north of downtown Detroit. It will cost an estimated $650 million and is scheduled to open in 2017.

The Red Wings have played at the riverfront Joe Louis Arena since 1979.

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