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Cobo Arena
Cobo Arena

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Address 475 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone (313) 983-6616
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 1960
Ownership
(Management)
City of Detroit
(City of Detroit)
Cost of Construction Unknown
Arena Financing Public funded
Capacity 12,191
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Detroit Pistons
(NBA) (1961-1978)
Michigan Stags
(WHA) (1974-1975)
Detroit Ambassadors
(OHL) (1990-1992)
Detroit Dogs
(ABA) (2000-2001)
Detroit Rockers
(NPSL) (1990-2001)
University of Detroit Mercy
(NCAA)
Population Base 8,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)

Sources: Mediaventures

Cobo Arena
Image of the Cobo Arena by Cory Suppes of Ballparks.com

The Cobo Arena plays host to concerts, sporting and civic events. In addition to the Rockers, Cobo is home to the Unversity of Detroit-Mercy Titans Basketball team. Cobo has also welcomed such prestigious events as the Bill of Rights Tour, filming of scenes from the Hollywood movie "Hoffa", appearances by President Bill Clinton, former President George Bush, "Regis and Kathy Lee Live", Bob Seger got his start at Cobo Arena and the North American Karate Championship.

For 1974-1975, the now renamed and relocated Michigan Stags began play at Cobo Arena in Detroit. The idea was to offer the club as an alternative to Red Wings Fans. However, the team had overextended itself in player contracts, leaving no money for advertising. Crowds of less than 2,000 were evident on most nights, and the WHA's schedule maker had helped the problem by booking Gordie Howe and the Houston Aeros into Cobo Arena in February. The opportunity for Red Wings fans to see Howe play was scuttled when the Stags folded on January 18, 1975, playing their last game that day in Cleveland, losing 2-1 to the Crusaders.

The WHA, not wanting to see a franchise fold in midseason, formed the Baltimore Blades to play out the Stags' schedule. Atrocious attendance and few victories spelled doom for the Blades. Although there was a planned move to Seattle, it never materialized, and the Blades folded in late May 1975. A dispersal draft was held in June.

Courtesy of Olympia Entertainment

CONCERN RAISED OVER COBO PARKING GARAGE
May 28, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Detroit, Mich. - City inspectors are concerned about the safety of the parking garage that serves Cobo Arena along with another parking facility nearby.

Reports say concrete is crumbling at the garages and that inspections should be made to determine what repairs are needed.

Reports found problems at the Cobo Arena Garage including defective concrete walls, ceilings and floors with exposed reinforcement bars and violations for improperly maintained fire and smoke stop doors.

Inspectors also found problems in the Cobo Center garage and on the Cobo Center roof parking deck, but did not recommend closure.

Baltimore Blades / Michigan Stags / Los Angeles Sharks

Los Angeles
Sports Arena

Los Angeles Sports Arena

1972-1974
Cobo
Arena

Cobo Arena

1974-1975
Baltimore
Arena

Baltimore Arena

1975

Fort Wayne Pistons / Detroit Pistons

North Side High
North Side High
1948-1952
Memorial Coliseum
Memorial Coliseum

1952-1957
Olympia Stadium
Olympia Stadium

1957-1961
Cobo Arena
Cobo Arena

1961-1978
Silverdome
Silverdome

1978-1988
Palace of Auburn Hills
Palace of Auburn Hills

1988-Present


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