They don't make arenas like Olympia Stadium anymore. Hell, they don't make buildings like it anymore.
I don't know of any place where an escalator lifts you up at an 80 degree angle, which it did at Olympiaùthe Old Red Barn where the Red Wings played from the 1920s to December 15, 1979.
If you think I'm exaggerating about the 80 degree angleùyou're right; perhaps it was only about 77 degrees.
The Olympiaùcorner of Grand River and McGraw on Detroit's west sideùcomes to mind because we're inching closer and closer to the 30th anniversary of the last game played there. Oh, they played a charity alumni game there a couple months later, but 12/15/79 was when the Red Wings recovered from a 4-0 deficit to tie the Quebec NordiquesùLe Nordiqueùin a final score of 4-4. No ...
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