You and your husband have finally made it .
You are at the part of your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Detroit that you really waited for .
You are both going to the Joe Louis Arena for a Detroit Red Wings hockey game .
The free shuttle bus service has brought you both from The Hockey town Cafe in Downtown Detroit to the place they affectionately known as “The Joe.”
Detroit calls itself “Hockey Town” and the two of you can see why as you take the bus with some of the other fans.
It wasn’t playoff time , but it might as well have been .
Everything screamed out the color red as the two of you followed the crowd up the stairs to the arena .
Whether it was the color of the stairs to the bright red uniforms of the Red Wings and their fans, the color red was everywhere .
You walked past the statues and pictures of of the team’s alumni and watched a lot of fans take pictures .
You and your husband had your pictures taken also , not just selfies either .
But the two of you just had to take a selfie in front of the street sign with the address of The Joe, 19 Steve Yzerman Drive .
It was easy to see why this team and this arena was so special to Detroit .
Everyone , no matter what their age, gender, or ethnicity , seemed to be all in with this team .
The music in the arena was good and the atmosphere was fun, as everyone seemed to be be in the music , young and old .
There was a lot of singing and dancing , which you both figured was in everybody’s blood .
This was the home of Motown , right ?
Even though your seats were high up,and not that comfortable , you didn’t care.
You were in Detroit to see your team play .
This would be the last year of the arena as the team was going to be playing in their new arena in Downtown Detroit next year .
You look around one last time at the American and Canadian flags hanging high above the arena as well as the championship banners and the retired numbers of some of the former players .
When the game ends, you and your husband are happy the Red Wings won, but you’re also very sad.
You’ll never see this arena again .
As you all don’t want to wait for a cab, like the other fans, you’re going to pay your 75 cents and take the driverless train that goes through Downtown Detroit called the People Mover.
You get off at the Milender Station stop, which is the closest stop to your hotel .
Your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Detroit ends with a final goodbye to that arena known as “The Joe “