3 Must-see Detroit Sports Venues

November 16th, 2018 by

Detroit is one of the 12 cities in America that has four professional sports teams and three world-class venues to host the games. Here are details of Detroit’s three premier sports arenas.

Ford Field

Ford Field was constructed in 2002 and is home to the NFL Detroit Lions. The 65,000-seat stadium also hosts other sporting events such as the Quick Lane Bowl, concerts, banquets, trade shows, and conventions. The annual attendance at all events is estimated to be almost 1.5 million.

The stadium complex covers around 1.85 million square feet and incorporates the historical 1920s Hudson’s warehouse. It features office space, banqueting facilities, restaurants, food courts, retail outlets, private suites, and lounge areas. There is a seven-story atrium within the warehouse, at one end of which is a glass wall providing a superb view of the Detroit skyline.

You can get a look behind the scenes with a tour of the stadium. You’ll get a close up look at the innovative architecture, see inside a Ford Field suite and an NFL locker room, walk along the tunnel, and stand on the field to get a player’s view of the stadium. 

Little Caesars Arena

This arena, also known as Hockeytown, is home to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. Opened in 2017 it features a glass-roofed concourse which connects it to the surrounding shops and offices. It is part of The District Detroit, a 50-block area of businesses, bars, restaurants, parks, and event venues.

Hockeytown also hosts sporting events like Duel in the D college hockey featuring fierce rivals, the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. You can see some top music acts here too, with upcoming events featuring Cher, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, and Kiss. The Harlem Globetrotters are also making an appearance.

Little Caesars Arena offers 60 to 90-minute tours, and you can join a public tour or organize your own private tour for a minimum of 15 people. You’ll get a unique chance to see the VIP areas of the arena.

Comerica Park

Home to the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, Comerica Park was opened in 2000. The ballpark features one of the biggest scoreboards in baseball at 127 feet wide and 48 feet tall. Comerica seats over 41,000 people and boasts a better city skyline view than any other ballpark.

At center field is a giant water feature which synchronizes fountains of water to music. The food court has a carousel, and the open-air picnic areas feature a 50-foot baseball themed Ferris wheel with cars shaped like baseballs. Through the main concourse you can enjoy the Tigers “Walk of Fame,” a trip through time celebrating the rich history of the team from the 1800s to the present.

Some of the world’s biggest music acts have played concerts at Comerica Park, including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eminem, Rihanna, and Def Leppard.

Tours of the park are available from June through September and include the home dugout, visiting clubhouse and batting tunnel, and the Tigers Walk of Fame.

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