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Detroit is a sports lover's paradise and home to the 2003-2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, four-time World Series champion Detroit Tigers, 2003 WNBA champion Detroit Shock, and the always hopeful Detroit Lions.  Dedicated franchise owners, cooperation between business leaders and local governments, and an absolutely rabid fan base make Detroit one of the best sports cities in the country.  With all four major professional sports making their home in Detroit, you stand a good chance of finding a game in town any time of year.  So pick up your tickets today and experience a sporting event in one of America's greatest sports cities!

 

 

Baseball -- Detroit Tigers

Comerica Park

2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

[Website]

 

America's pastime is in full swing in Detroit as the Tigers continue their quest for a fifth World Series title in over 100 years of franchise history.  This storied major league baseball legacy includes legendary players such as Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, and Al Kaline.  Since 2000, the Tigers have called Comerica Park home.  This modern sports facility offers fans not only great baseball action but theme-park entertainment and panoramic views of the Downtown Detroit skyline as well.

 

Basketball -- Detroit Pistons

The Palace

4 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills

[Website]

 

Winners of the 2003-4 NBA championship and runners-up in the 2005 NBA championship run, the Detroit Pistons are definitely the hottest team in town.  The Pistons have called the Palace of Auburn Hills their home since 1988 with its ever-changing street address signifying the number of championships won in the building (3 for the Pistons plus one for the WNBA Detroit Shock = 4 Championship Drive).  Although The Palace is located 30 miles north of Detroit, the Pistons remain part of the City's sports core, with fans coming from all over the metro area to attend games.  The Palace makes it well worth the trip, with frequent fan promotions and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

 

Football -- Detroit Lions

Ford Field

2000 Brush Street, Detroit

[Website]

 

In 1934, the National Football League's Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans were purchased by a Detroit radio group and relocated to the Motor City where the team donned a new name, the Detroit Lions.  The Lions were an immediate success, winning an NFL championship in only their second year and later dominating the league throughout the 1950s.  Since then, the Lions have flirted with success but are yet to attain Super Bowl glory.  Nevertheless, Lions fans are loyal and always confident that a championship is on the horizon.  With a spectacular home at Ford Field and state-of-the-art practice facilities, the team has set a benchmark for the league and is well-positioned to attract new talent.  Attracting fans to home games is easier as well.  Ford Field, built in 2002 adjacent to Comerica Park in the Foxtown entertainment district and integrated into the old Hudson's warehouse, offers fans great NFL action in an innovative architectural setting.  Public tours are available weekdays.

 

Hockey -- Detroit Red Wings

Joe Louis Arena

600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit

[Website]

 

While hockey is generally not considered to be the most popular of the four major professional sports, you wouldn't know it in Detroit!  Detroiters are so passionate about Red Wings hockey that the City has earned an appropriate nickname -- Hockeytown.   The Detroit Red Wings legacy includes 11 Stanley Cups and a mile-long list of hockey greats such as Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, and Steve Yzerman.  A dedicated franchise owner and fiercely loyal fan base make Detroit the envy of the National Hockey League and a desirable place for players to seek employment.  The Wings have called the 20,000 seat Joe Louis Arena on the Riverfront their home since the closing of Olympia Stadium in 1979.  In addition to Red Wings hockey games, the facility hosts a number of other events including college hockey, basketball, concerts, ice shows, and other entertainment.  Public tours of the facility are available on certain days.

 

 

Motorsports

Detroit Grand Prix, Belle Isle Park, Detroit [Website]

Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn [Website]

 

It goes without saying that the Motor City wouldn’t be complete without a motorsports legacy.  You need to look no further than Belle Isle, setting for the Detroit Grand Prix, an early-season stop on the IndyCar Series.  Or head to the Irish Hills just west of Detroit where you will find the 1,400-acre Michigan International Speedway, the State's largest sporting venue.  Thousands of race fans flock to the track each season to enjoy NASCAR, Indy Racing League, and ARCA series action on the two-mile oval speedway that opened in 1968. 

 

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Downtown Detroit

Woodward Avenue

Architecture

Riverfront

Boxing

Detroit Ignition

Detroit Shock

Horse Racing

Lansing Lugnuts

Plymouth Whalers

 

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