NHL Centennial Fan Arena coming to Detroit this weekend

By @MichaelCaples –

Fresh off its 100th birthday, the NHL’s centennial party event is coming to Detroit this weekend.

The NHL Centennial Fan Arena will be outside Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

A free event for fans, the interactive traveling experience celebrates the 100 years of NHL hockey with memorabilia, content, trivia and games, virtual-reality exhibits and Lord Stanley’s Cup itself.

The Centennial Fan Arena will be set up at the 2130 Cass Ave. surface parking lot, open to the public from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. both days. The Stanley Cup will be available for photos from 12 to 5.

Larry Murphy, Jason Woolley and Darren McCarty are all slated for autograph appearances, as well.

More from the release:

In addition to the Stanley Cup® appearance each day, fans will experience the following when visiting the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena:

  • 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.

The family-friendly event will also feature a DJ, caricature artists, face painters and balloon twisters.

For more information on the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena’s stop in Detroit, visit www.nhl.com/redwings/fans/nhl-centennial-fan-arena.

Fans planning to attend can RSVP at www.NHL.com/FanArena. The RSVP program provides event reminder notifications including updates on dates, times, locations, events, special appearances and more.