Lord Stanley’s Cup will be back in Detroit this weekend! Unfortunately, it won’t be part of a post-championship celebration for the Red Wings, but still a great event.
The NHL’s Centennial Fan Arena is an interactive traveling experience in honor of the 100th anniversary of the NHL that the Stanley Cup will travel with. There will also be an outdoor ball hockey rink that several former Red Wings alumni will be on hand for to teach hockey drills, including Darren McCarty, Larry Murphy, and Jason Woolley.
WHERE: 2130 Cass Ave. surface parking lot in Detroit
WHEN: 12-6 p.m. on Dec. 2-3, with the Stanley Cup available for photos from 12-5 p.m. both days
Here are the features fans will experience:
- MUSEUM TRUCK – The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. Customized to Detroit for this visit, the Museum Truck will showcase the history of the NHL and Detroit Red Wings.
- VIDEO TRUCK – A second 53-foot trailer with a giant video screen will feature team highlights, all-access programming, as well as a pop-out stage for special appearances.
- THE “RINK” – A pop-up ball hockey rink will give youth hockey players a chance to shine.
- CLEAR THE ICE ZAMBONI® VR EXPERIENCE – This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini Zamboni ice resurfacer and feel their seat rumble before being tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice.
- RECYCLE THE GAME – A special net will be on-site for fans to donate gently used hockey equipment. The equipment will be up-cycled back into the community, continuing the League-wide commitment to improve hockey’s environmental footprint while supporting youth hockey.
- HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE – As part of Hockey Is For Everyone™, the League is making a $5,000 grant in all 31 NHL markets at the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena. To support diversity and inclusion in hockey, the Red Wings will provide the grant to support Special Olympics Michigan’s poly hockey program. Athletes from the organization will participate in a skills clinic alongside select Red Wings alumni at the outdoor rink on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. A check presentation with the Stanley Cup® will also take place following the skills competition.