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NHL Lockout: Red Wings Opening Up Joe Louis Arena To Public

The NHL lockout continues to bring nothing but bad news for hockey fans, but the Detroit Red Wings are hoping to change that by offering up an open-skate at Joe Louis Arena next week according to FOX Sports Detroit.

The team will welcome fans to four one-hour sessions each day from Monday Sept. 24 to Wednesday Sept. 26, where entrance to the arena and parking on the grounds will each be free of charge. The individual sessions will run from 11 a.m. to noon, from noon until 1 p.m., from 7 p.m to 8 p.m., and then finally will wrap up each day from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Spots can be reserved online through the Red Wings' official website, but fans must make sure to register in advance in order to take part in the festivities. Seeing as how local residents won't have any good reason to make the trek down to Joe Louis for real hockey anytime soon, this is a smart idea to appeal to fans desperate for a hockey fix.

Stay with this StoryStream for more lockout coverage involving the Wings, and head over to Winging It In Motown for more news from Hockeytown. Also check out SB Nation's NHL hub for more analysis from around the league.