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alfablue
03-13-2015, 09:39 AM
Like a kids tournament, every team gets to play at least once, so all 6 teams are coming.

And instead of being able to call the conference powerful and even, we can only call us all average, and probably will end up with one team playing the following week.

So all of the optimism said, who's coming to Detroit for the championships March 19-21?

If you are into BBQ and Alcohol, I'd suggest a trip down Michigan Ave to the west of downtown- get some slo's BBQ and stop a Two James for whatever drink you like- they make it there. There's apparently another distillery downtown- and we will try to go there that weekened, too.

At the Detroit Institute of Arts- there's a new show with Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera starting on Saturday. Nice art museum.

For the fans disgusted with hockey, a Wayne Shorter concert at the DSO at 8pm on Friday.

Just thought I'd start a thread, since 5/6 of our teams will likely have the season end with this tournament. ugh.

John J. MacInnes
03-13-2015, 11:47 AM
I would kill to see the look on the faces of Minnesota and Wisconsin when they are introduced to the dump that is the JLA.

The first day of the tournament will be a locker room logistical nightmare, with the two top teams skating in the morning and the other four playing games. The building can handle three teams comfortably, not counting the Red Wings locker room. But six teams will overwhelm the place.

That's not even taking into account the media demands in the "pressbox". For those of you who haven't experienced the JLA, they forgot to build a pressbox and hurriedly lopped off the top couple rows of seats to retrofit one. It has to be the worst media area in any US sporting venue

HarleyMC
03-13-2015, 12:06 PM
This season's 2015 B1G Tournament will be the first and 2017 the last B1G tournament at the Joe before demolition in 2017 ($650 million project to build a new sports and entertainment district in Downtown Detroit) when the new $650 million Red Wings arena complex is finished.

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Bonin21
03-13-2015, 12:11 PM
Isn't the new arena going to be opening during the 2017-18 season? So the 2017 edition will be at the Joe?

HarleyMC
03-13-2015, 12:17 PM
Isn't the new arena going to be opening during the 2017-18 season? So the 2017 edition will be at the Joe?

You know you could be right on that Bonin. I read the article and assumed it wasn't happening. But the B1G still indicates 2017 B1G tourney is scheduled for the Joe and then I guess they demolish it afterwards...haha.:D

John J. MacInnes
03-13-2015, 12:59 PM
Isn't the new arena going to be opening during the 2017-18 season? So the 2017 edition will be at the Joe?

The target for completion is the 2017-18 NHL season. So the 2017 B1G tournament (which would come at the end of the 2016-17 season) would be too early for the new building. They are scheduled to be a 2018 NCAA mens basketball 2nd/3rd round site.

alfablue
03-13-2015, 01:16 PM
So it sounds that some of you won't be coming to Joe, then.

wolverineTrumpet
03-13-2015, 02:08 PM
The first day of the tournament will be a locker room logistical nightmare, with the two top teams skating in the morning and the other four playing games. The building can handle three teams comfortably, not counting the Red Wings locker room. But six teams will overwhelm the place.

That's not even taking into account the media demands in the "pressbox". For those of you who haven't experienced the JLA, they forgot to build a pressbox and hurriedly lopped off the top couple rows of seats to retrofit one. It has to be the worst media area in any US sporting venue
The Joe used to host the CCHA Super Six, so hopefully they remember the logistics from that. IIRC, that also involved a third place game, so 4 of the teams stayed for the last day.

The press box is an amusing afterthought. I haven't been in many, but it was interesting only being able to see half the ice from my seat in the press box (thank goodness for the video board).

John J. MacInnes
03-13-2015, 03:08 PM
The Joe used to host the CCHA Super Six, so hopefully they remember the logistics from that.

The Super Six used to see teams that were there for practice dress in the hallway - if they opted to even take their ice when the locker rooms were full. Ask any of the equipment guys (especially those with a 5 or 6 seed) what it was like...especially the one year I seem to recall that the Red Wings did not offer their locker room for use. One team dressed for practice in the referee's room.

mmb5
03-13-2015, 08:44 PM
The Red Wings rarely allow use of their locker room. The "visitor" side has four locker rooms, the regular NHL visitor locker room and three smaller rooms that the junior teams generally use. The top seed for the day gets the NHL room.

alfablue
03-13-2015, 09:26 PM
It's likely that the teams will just deal with the situation- just like when they go to an old arena and the facilities are not the best.

There is a championship to focus on.

Hockeybuckeye
03-13-2015, 10:07 PM
What ticks me off is the lack of effort by the B1G to take care of the fans the way the CCHA did.
No partnership with the Renaissance Center or rooms set aside and NO discounts set up for rooms!
The CCHA had $60.00 bucks a night knocked off rooms for their tourney.
I LOVED the atmosphere at the Ren Center being decked out for the tourney and the ability to interact with players & fans.

UMICH
03-13-2015, 10:35 PM
What ticks me off is the lack of effort by the B1G to take care of the fans the way the CCHA did.
No partnership with the Renaissance Center or rooms set aside and NO discounts set up for rooms!
The CCHA had $60.00 bucks a night knocked off rooms for their tourney.
I LOVED the atmosphere at the Ren Center being decked out for the tourney and the ability to interact with players & fans.

The CCHA was only hockey, the B1G is not. DeLaney could care less about us. Hockey doesn't make money like football and bouncy-ball do. We're fortunate that the B1G allows us to put their emblem on our jerseys....

Hockeybuckeye
03-13-2015, 10:53 PM
The CCHA was only hockey, the B1G is not. DeLaney could care less about us. Hockey doesn't make money like football and bouncy-ball do. We're fortunate that the B1G allows us to put their emblem on our jerseys....
It's still a shame.
Always had a great time in D town whether my team was playing or not.

UMICH
03-14-2015, 01:59 AM
It's still a shame.
Always had a great time in D town whether my team was playing or not.

Detroit gets a bad rap. It's a great place to hang-out (as long as you don't venture into the wrong parts).

The Rube
03-14-2015, 07:26 AM
So it sounds that some of you won't be coming to Joe, then.

Heck no. I know more than a few Gopher fans will be hanging out at the X in St Paul for the WCHA tourney.

I'm guessing that after this initial run, the B1G tourney will either be in St Paul or eventually Chicago on a permanent basis.

alfablue
03-14-2015, 08:15 AM
Heck no. I know more than a few Gopher fans will be hanging out at the X in St Paul for the WCHA tourney.

I'm guessing that after this initial run, the B1G tourney will either be in St Paul or eventually Chicago on a permanent basis.

Unless a team from Illinois comes to the conference, I would guess that it would stay between the same two cities. Especially with a new Joe Louis in 2018. No reason not to.

alfablue
03-14-2015, 08:20 AM
What ticks me off is the lack of effort by the B1G to take care of the fans the way the CCHA did.
No partnership with the Renaissance Center or rooms set aside and NO discounts set up for rooms!
The CCHA had $60.00 bucks a night knocked off rooms for their tourney.
I LOVED the atmosphere at the Ren Center being decked out for the tourney and the ability to interact with players & fans.

And I had always thought that the CCHA could do a better job making Detroit more of a destination.

After championship 2, seems like a good idea to start sending notes to the B1G to try to make it better. It's not as if it's that hard- find hotels that are willing to host fans, find a space to have party, and then you are at least just like the CCHA. They didn't exactly have to work hard for that. If there's a table at the game tonight, I'll provide some feedback to them- I did that all the time with the CCHA folk. They appreciated it, even though it had nothing to do with what they were doing at our game.

captain beefheart
03-14-2015, 08:23 AM
The CCHA was only hockey, the B1G is not. DeLaney could care less about us. Hockey doesn't make money like football and bouncy-ball do. We're fortunate that the B1G allows us to put their emblem on our jerseys....

We are?

alfablue
03-14-2015, 08:29 AM
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We are?

You can take your comment multiple ways. And you are right for all of them.

Which is odd, since we keep hearing that more B1G schools was to join this table. As if BTN or the B1G cares, and money is available. So much potential.