Downtown Detroit is home to three magnificent venues: Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions football team, Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team (American League Champions in 2006 and 2012) and Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team (winners of the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002.) Detroit has been known as the city of champions since the 1930s when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won titles in the same year.
The beautiful Palace of Auburn Hills is the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons (winners of three NBA titles including the 2004 NBA Championship) and formerly of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock (2003 & 2006 WNBA Champions).
The city of Detroit recently enjoyed a major success hosting Super Bowl XL at Ford Field and the 2009 NCCA Men’s Division I Basketball Final Four Tournament. The Palace of Auburn Hills hosted the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball first and second rounds in 2006 and will host again in 2013.
It’s no wonder SportingNews rated the Detroit region (Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti) as one of the top sports cities in the U.S. and USA Today readers voted Detroit the “Best City for Sports” in 2014.
Detroit Region Professional Sports TeamsBaseball2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers
Collegiate SportsThe University of Michigan Wolverines rank at the top of the Big Ten Conference. Football ticket sellouts, exceeding 100,000 at every home game, testify to the love of the maize and blue football team. Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne State University are also NCAA colleges located in Greater Detroit with excellent athletic departments. For game schedules or more information, contact the school athletic departments directly.
From thrilling soccer and roller derby matches to community rugby clubs, Detroit and its greater region have no shortage of opportunities to experience non-traditional sporting events that are gaining a greater presence in the city.
Detroit City FC (DCFC) is a Detroit-based soccer club founded in 2012 that plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Detroit City plays its home games at Cass Technical High School in downtown Detroit. The club’s rapid growth in popularity is shown through its doubled operating budget for the 2015 season and its corporate sponsorships from Flagstar Bank and Henry Ford Health System.
The Detroit Derby Girls (DDG) are a women’s flat-track roller derby league based in Detroit. The league has been operating since February 2006. The Detroit Derby Girls are a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and are sponsored by more than 15 Detroit region local businesses.
Watch or participate in a rugby match with the Detroit Tradesmen or the Detroit Rugby Football Club, two programs dedicated to holding exciting events and giving back to youth and communities in Southeast Michigan.
Parks and Recreation Areas
There are hundreds of municipal and county parks in the Detroit region, in addition to 13 metro parks, 9 state parks, 12 state recreation areas and 17 state game areas. All of these parks offer a variety of facilities, including swimming, boating, golf, bike/hike trails, fishing, skating and winter sports. The region is also home to four water parks, if you are looking to take a ride on a wave, swim in a pool or slide down a giant water slide.
Located in the city of Detroit, Belle Isle Park is the largest city island park in the United States. Belle Isle offers a variety of facilities including the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Nature Center and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
The metro parks are well maintained and offer year-round outdoor recreation. Springtime offers trees and flowers in bloom while fall shows beautiful colors along the nature trails. Take a swim in a sparkling lake during the summer months and enjoy ice-skating and cross country skiing in the winter.
GolfingMichigan has more public golf courses than any other state in the nation. In the Detroit region, there are 170 public golf courses with over 2,600 holes and 59 private courses. For more information on Michigan golfing, visit www.michigan.org.
In Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake or stream. Michigan has 3,121 miles of Great Lakes shoreline (more than any other state except Alaska), 11,037 inland lakes and 38,575 miles of rivers and streams. Michigan has more than 1,406 public access sites, 758 marinas, 684 marine dealers, 41 boat manufacturers and 85 Great Lakes recreational harbors.
More than 40 percent of all Michigan residents boat. Boating offers something for everyone, including fishing, skiing, cruising, family fun, and entertainment or overnight trips. Michigan currently has 973,690 registered boats, more than any state for more than 15 years running.
FestivalsThe Detroit region is home to many festivals and community events that improve resident quality of life. Listed below are some of the most prominent festivals.
Ford Arts Beats & Eats
The Ford Arts Beats & Eats is a celebration of the quality of life in Oakland County, featuring family entertainment at low cost with presentations of musicians, artists and culinary exhibits in downtown Royal Oak. The festival offers over 200 performances on 10 stages, a fine arts show and fine cuisine presented by local restaurants throughout Labor Day weekend.
Detroit River Days
River Days Festival, held along the banks of the Detroit River, celebrates summer with music, family activities, great food, the boat Parade of Lights, a carnival, Pooch-A-Palooza and fun on the water. The festival, presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, culminates in the spectacular 52nd Annual Target Fireworks. This year the fireworks will be held on July 21, 2010 at approximately 10 p.m.
Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit features many festivals and activities throughout the year, for a detailed list follow the link below to the Detroit Travel Guide web page.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
The Renaissance Festival is held each year in Holly, Michigan. Each weekend presents a different theme such as the Royal Ale Festival and the Harvest Huzzah; along with special events, the feast of fantasy, queen’s tea and others. The festival offers many attractions with an artisan marketplace, theater and live music.
Woodward Dream Cruise
More than 40,000 stunning cars cruise Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Ferndale, through Bloomfield Hills and Royal Oak, during the Woodward Dream Cruise: a celebration of classic car culture attracting over 1 million visitors to the metro Detroit area. The cities of Berkley, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pontiac and Royal Oak will all hold events in honor of the Dream Cruise such as classic car shows, family activities and live musical performances.