Hockeytown Mania in Detroit as Red Wings Battle for the Stanley Cup

... Iconic statue to don giant Red Wings jersey for playoffs ...

... Buildings get hockey fever ...

May 23, 2008, 01:00 ET from Detroit Red Wings

    DETROIT, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- All around Hockeytown is evidence of
 Detroit's hockey spirit. From statues to buildings, there's plenty to
 experience as the Detroit Red Wings enter the final round of the Stanley
 Cup playoffs.
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     Before the start of game one on Saturday, May 24, the iconic Detroit
 Tigers statue located at the main entrance to Comerica Park will get a
 giant Detroit Red Wings sweater in support of the team as they continue
 their quest for the Stanley Cup.
     The sweater is traditionally worn by the Spirit of Detroit figure in
 front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, however, a major
 restoration project means the statue will be cheering on the Wings in
 spirit only.
     The jersey, which required 535 square feet of material, was made
 especially for the 25-foot-long, 15-foot-tall Tiger. The Tiger will be
 wearing the Red Wings sweater throughout the playoffs so that fans can come
 down and roar for the Detroit Red Wings!
     "This is a great time in Detroit sports," said Dave Dombrowski,
 president, chief executive officer and general manager for the Detroit
 Tigers. "We are so proud that the Detroit Red Wings are a part of our
 family and we want to support them in any and every way in their fight for
 the Stanley Cup!"
     In addition, a larger-than-life mural completely covering the north
 side of Hockeytown Cafe and featuring Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg
 and Paval Datsyuk will be hung at approximately 2 p.m. today. The tribute
 to the Detroit Red Wings is 60 feet wide and 30 feet tall. It sponsored by
 Miller Lite and makes for a great backdrop for fans who want to immortalize
 this year's hockey memories in pictures.
     To add a new twist to playoff excitement, as the sun goes down on
 Saturday evening, a 20-foot projection screen will come to life on the
 patio of Hockeytown Cafe and the picture will become clear: the Wings are
 making their quest for the Cup. The outdoor screen will offer additional
 viewing opportunities for Red Wings fans.
     Finally, local fans not familiar with downtown Detroit and out-of-town
 visitors can get help from the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
 (DMCVB) Ambassadors who will be stationed throughout the city to be sure
 everyone can find what they are looking for and get where they are going.
     The DMCVB Ambassadors will be easily identifiable in their red polo
 shirts with the Red Wings logo. In addition to answering questions, these
 fans of Detroit will be handing out Detroit Red Wings buttons so everyone
 can show their support for our hometown team.
     The DMCVB also is drumming up excitement in Detroit with banner signs
 on the light poles around Joe Louis Arena, on Jefferson and along Woodward
 in the Foxtown area. The banners will be hung today and tomorrow.
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