Howe family to open doors of Joe Louis Arena for visitation


A tribute to Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is shown on the video board before the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe poses beside the Stanley Cup at the Hall of Fame in Toronto. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday, June 10, 2016. The man forever known as “Mr. Hockey” was 88. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)


A collection of flowers, pucks and jerseys are at a Gordie Howe statue outside of Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Friday, June 10, 2016. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHLs quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


DETROIT (AP) — Gordie Howe’s family is opening the doors of Joe Louis Arena, allowing his adoring fans of their father to pay respects.

The home of the Detroit Red Wings, the team the Hall of Famer played for during much of his career, was to open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — in a nod to his No. 9 jersey — for a visitation. Howe’s body was expected to lie inside the arena.

Howe died Friday at the age of 88.

His four children chose to allow the public to attend his visitation and funeral.

Mark Howe, one of his sons and a fellow member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, says his father would have wanted fans to access to the memorials because of his connection with them.

A tribute to Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is shown on the video board before the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110868864-60216d03757f454b8b6f96b195153b0a.jpgA tribute to Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is shown on the video board before the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe poses beside the Stanley Cup at the Hall of Fame in Toronto. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday, June 10, 2016. The man forever known as “Mr. Hockey” was 88. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110868864-c7bbe14d181b44adbf16c58bdff945b6.jpgFILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe poses beside the Stanley Cup at the Hall of Fame in Toronto. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday, June 10, 2016. The man forever known as “Mr. Hockey” was 88. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

A collection of flowers, pucks and jerseys are at a Gordie Howe statue outside of Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Friday, June 10, 2016. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHLs quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110868864-83818f6e775b4e1aab95b2768a54a2fa.jpgA collection of flowers, pucks and jerseys are at a Gordie Howe statue outside of Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Friday, June 10, 2016. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHLs quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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