Goodbye, Cobo Arena

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Detroit’s legendary Cobo Arena, where some of the greatest concerts in Detroit’s history like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kiss [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Seger[/lastfm] were preformed, is going bye-bye.

Looks like a long-awaited $221 million dollar face lift for Cobo is a go. Some of the changes we’ll see at the new Cobo Center by 2014, if things go as planned:

Panoramic views of the Detroit River, access to Detroit’s Riverwalk from the building, and a new 40,000 square foot ballroom. All good things, as it will mean more room for the North American International Auto Show, which has complained for years that Cobo was too small.

The bad news: Cobo Arena, where a lot of us Rocked out at our first Detroit concert, will be demolished.

Every Detroit Rock City music fan knows [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kiss[/lastfm] recorded their legandary Kiss Alive album at Cobo. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Seger[/lastfm] Live Bullet also never would have been without that great Cobo audience. I saw [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna [/lastfm]’s first concert at Cobo in 1985. More recently, I saw my sister graduate from college at Cobo just last year.

While Cobo Arena is out dated, run down, and needs to go, it’s a shame all those great memories will go with it. What is your favorite Cobo Arena memory?

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Here’s a link to check out pictures of what the new Cobo Center may look like. It’s pretty cool!

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  1. Ray says:

    My memory of Cobo Arena was my Commencement ceremony from Wayne State University on 12-12-86. I was in full cap and gown and still cramming for my History final the next morning. For some reason, commencement is always held before final exams. I wonder what happens if you don’t pass finals after graduation.

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