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Eastsider Overseeing Construction of Comerica Park Rink

St. Clair Shores resident Jim Bullo describes the months of planning, and weeks of work, needed to build an open-air rink at Comerica Park.

Jim Bullo discusses the effort it took to build a rink in Comerica Park.
Jim Bullo discusses the effort it took to build a rink in Comerica Park.
Before teams from the Grosse Pointes and beyond hit the ice at Comerica Park, St. Clair Shores resident Jim Bullo has been in the outfield and catacombs of the baseball stadium overseeing the construction of the open-air rink

Bullo, who is director of operations and assistant general manager at Joe Louis Arena, has also been helping oversee the effort to build a hockey facility in the outfield of a baseball diamond.

The rink will be utilized by high school and college teams, recreational skaters and ultimately alumni hockey players from the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

More than a year of planning, and nearly one month of work went into building the rink between first and third base in Comerica Park. 

Local teams playing at Comerica include:

Grosse Pointe North girls hockey vs. Grosse Pointe South girls hockey at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 18

Grosse Pointe North boys hockey vs. De La Salle boys hockey at 8:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 23.

According to ClickonDetroit, events planned at the rink include:

Open Skate Dates & Times 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 :8-8:50 a.m., 9:30-10:20 a.m., 11-11:50 a.m., 12:30-1:20 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 20: 9-9:50 a.m., 10:30-11:20 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24: 8-8:50 a.m., 9:30-10:20 a.m., 11-11:50 a.m., 12:30-1:20 p.m., 2-2:50 p.m.

Public open skate events are available for purchase in 50-minute increments. Prices are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 14 and under and $5 for non-skaters. Kids 2 and under are free. Fans can bring their own skates or rent skates for $10.

Public open skate tickets are available at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, at www.DetroitRedWings.com/openskate, or by calling 313-471-7575. Due to on-ice capacity limitations, these sessions are expected to sell out.

Free Detroit Red Wings open practice

The Detroit Red Wings will a practice in Comerica Park at noon, Wednesday Dec. 18 This practice session is open to the public and free of charge.

College and alumni games

  • Dec. 27-28: Great Lakes Invitational
  • Dec. 27: Early game - Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech. Late game - Western Michigan vs. Michigan
  • Dec. 28: Early game - third place game. Late game - championship game
  • Dec. 29: Ontario Hockey League doubleheader
  • 1st Game - Windsor Spitfires vs. Saginaw Spirit
  • 2nd Game - London Knights vs. Plymouth Whalers
  • Dec. 30: American Hockey League - Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
  • Dec. 31: Alumni Showdown
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