TONIGHT: How you can skate on the ice at Joe Louis Arena for free after Red Wings practice

DETROIT (WXYZ) - When do you ever have a chance to skate on the ice at Joe Louis Arena? Tonight! As a "thank you" to their fans, the Red Wings have a special opportunity tonight.

The Wings will hold a practice tonight (Thursday, January 17,) from 7:00-7:45 p.m. After that - at 8:00 p.m. - fans will be allowed to go skating on the rink at the Joe.

The entire night requires no ticket. Admission is free and concessions like hot dogs, pop and nachos will cost only $1 each.

The Red Wings say all fans who want to go onto the ice must bring their own skates. They also say helmets and pads are "highly encouraged."

Skating is open to the first 500 fans who sign up during the 7:00 p.m. practice at Joe Louis Arena. According to the Red Wings, "Sign up will be located on the concourse by the West Entrance doors."

As an added bonus to fans, the Wings say parking will be free in the Riverfront lot by the arena.

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