Detroit's Olympia Stadium, Michigan (Images of America Series)

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Also known as the Old Red Barn, Olympia Stadium was the largest rink in the United States when it opened in Detroit on October 22,1927. Robert Wimmer has compiled over 200 historic photographs and detailed captions for this new book, that follows the life of a sporting and entertainment landmark in the Motor City until its demolition in 1986. For over half a century, the Olympia Stadium hosted many of the top shows and stars coming through Detroit. The historic landmark filled its seats for the multitude of ...
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Overview


Also known as the Old Red Barn, Olympia Stadium was the largest rink in the United States when it opened in Detroit on October 22,1927. Robert Wimmer has compiled over 200 historic photographs and detailed captions for this new book, that follows the life of a sporting and entertainment landmark in the Motor City until its demolition in 1986. For over half a century, the Olympia Stadium hosted many of the top shows and stars coming through Detroit. The historic landmark filled its seats for the multitude of sporting events in Michigan, including championship boxing, wrestling, and lacrosse, and was also the home of the Detroit Redwings and the Pistons. Although there are many anonymous people pictured here who contributed to the history of the stadium, readers will recognize the more familiar faces and acts of Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Roy Rogers Rodeo, Dick the Bruiser, and many others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738507873
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,375,442
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Combined with photographs of the neighborhood surrounding the stadium, this book is a collection of images and memories of the people who worked at the Olympia and attended the events held there. Robert Wimmer is one of the original "rink rats" who has spent many hours at the Old Red Barn, collecting hundreds of photographs. He is a retired schoolteacher, a photographer for the Red Wings as well as and multiple sports publications, and currently freelances sports features.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    The legendary red barn

    Excellant pictorial of a sorely missed hockey venue. Growing up with the Detroit Redwings I had the rare privelidge of attending many Redwing and Jr Redwing hockey games in this wonderful arena. Joe Louis arena pales in comparison to this well built landmark. In fact the Joe is just a greedy corporate joke compared to the Olympia. A very uncomfortable arena unlike the Olympia. The only dissapointment with this book was no pictures of the mezzanie which was behind one of the nets above the balcony or second deck. This was a great place to sit. The miniature third deck so to speak until they put private boxes there. Excellant book none the less. Best rink out of all the original six except for maybe the Chicago Stadium. Another legendary arena.

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