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Olympia Stadium

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Olympia Stadium was the first home of the Detroit Red Wings and one of the first large-scale entertainment venues in the world. Thanks again to the architectural vision of C. Howard Crane, the conception of a sports and convention arena came to light in 1927. Generations of Detroiters grew up enjoying the spectacle of the Olympia and witnessing some of the greatest boxing matches, hockey games, and concert experiences in the history of Detroit. Joe Louis thrilled crowds with his boxing talent and prowess, Gordie Howe aka “Mr. Hockey” led the Red Wings to numerous Stanley Cup victories, and the Beatles performed here to an audience of frenzied fans in 1964 and 1966. The Red Wings played their final game at Olympia Stadium in 1979 and in 1987 Olympia was finally demolished. Although the Olympia Stadium no longer stands, it still remains a significant piece in Detroit’s history.


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