Video shows final piece of Joe Louis Arena taken down

Arena along Detroit River comes down

The city considered imploding the building, but it could’ve been a risk to water and sewage facilities, as well as the Detroit River, so Joe Louis was instead dismantled.

DETROIT – The final big piece of Joe Louis Arena came down this week.

Crews worked through the night Wednesday to remove an 880-ton steel truss held up by two towers. Timelapse video from our Windsor skycam shows the truss being lowered slowly.

Before the arena demolition finishes, work also needs to be done underneath. The city of Detroit said the full demolition is expected to be complete by the end of May.

Joe Louis Arena opened in 1979. It shuttered in 2017 after hosting decades of hockey games and concerts. The Detroit Red Wings, of course, now have a new home at Little Caesars Arena at Woodward Avenue and I-75.

The video below shows the Joe Louis Arena demolition stage on Jan. 15, 2020:

The final steps in the demolition of the Joe Louis Arena have been delayed and now it’s expected to be torn down by June instead of March.

Here is drone video from earlier this week showing the demolition site: