• Clark Park Recreation Center:  This is a semi-private, company-owned recreation center.  It includes an ice arena, tennis facilities, and a gymnasium, providing services to the local Mexicantown/west Corktown and Southwest Detroit communities.   It's located at 1130 Clark Street in Clark Park about three miles west of Downtown, in Mexicantown, and west of Corktown (313-841-8534). The Detroit Red Wings have held public practices at the outdoor rink.

  • Jack Adams Center: 10500 Lyndon (313-628-0990)

Clark Park Coalition Grounds and Hockey Rink

  • Farwell Recreation Center:  on Outer Drive in northeast Detroit. (TBD).

Semi-Private Recreation Centers

  • Amurcon Casgrain Hall: on 100 Parsons St., is a private fitness center (313-833-0908).
  • General George S. Patton Memorial Center, Detroit Recreation Department. Contains a 22 meter pool and fitness center. It’s located on one side of Patton Park in west Mexicantown (313-628-2000).

  • Lased Recreation Center:  on 7150 W. Vernor Highway in east Mexicantown (313-841-1430).

  • Samaritan Center:  on 5555 Conner St. (313-923-1501).
  • Considine-Historic Little Rock Family Life, Education and Recreation Center:   This center offers recreation, a swimming pool and services to youth and persons with disabilities.  The center is no longer part of the church nearby.  It's located at 8904 Woodward, New Center area (313-871-46735).

  • Delray Recreation Center: on 420 S. Leigh St (313-297-9333).

Considine Little Rock Family Recreation Center

Coleman A. Young Recreation Center

  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center:  on 2751 Robert Bradby Dr.; East Town, north of E. Jefferson (313-628-0995).
  • Apollo Hall:  on 1100 Conner St., is a recreation and fitness center (313-839-8030).


Detroit Athletic Club:  on 241 Madison Ave. near the center of Downtown Detroit (313-963-9200).  This opulent and private, full-service facility, is an exclusive fitness center serving Detroit's business elite with significant influence on the local sports and fitness world.  It's one of the finest facilities of its type in America and has received the Michigan Quality Leadership Award. It has a pool, exercise equipment, bowling lanes, basketball court, racquetball courts, fine dining facilities and other great amenities.  The building borders Comerica Park and is close to Ford Field.  It has historic importance for the area, even contributing Olympic competitors.  Tours are available.

Detroit Yacht Club: 1 Riverbank Rd.  313-824-1200, Belle Isle Park.  The Yacht Club offers full fitness facilities, marinas and a swimming pool.  It’s located on the northeast side of Belle Isle on its own small island.  The Detroit Yacht Club is less exclusive than the other upscale Detroit clubs (DetroitYachtClub.com).  Access to Belle Isle Park will require an $11.00 pass for those arriving by car in 2014.  Motorcyclists will require a $5.00 pass.  Arrivals on foot or bicycle will be admitted free.

Bayview Yacht Club:  100 Clairpointe Street in East Town, 313-822-8020; www.byc.com.  Bayview sponsors the prestigious annual Bell's Beer, Bayview Mackinac Race, between Port Huron and Mackinac Island.  (This yacht club also contains a National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame).

Detroit, City-Run and other Recreation Facilities

Note:  A number of Detroit, city owned youth facilities have closed in recent years due to the economic downturn that began in 2008, but there were still 17 that are open and available across the city recently.  A few are listed here along with some private facilities. 


Michigan State Fair Grounds Coliseum, Wayne State ("Hockeytown" Warriors); at 8 Mile, inside Detroit.  This 5,600 capacity stadium is the beloved old relic of the Michigan State Fair Grounds.  It sits among other buildings from Detroit's antique dust bin like the Ulysses Grant home on the north suburban border.  Today it’s used by the

Wayne State University Warrior hockey team.  It may be the last of the facilities to survive development into one of the new Meijer shopping centers or movie theatre.  State Fair patrons may remember the venue for the rodeos and circus performances held here.

Coliseum, Fair Grounds, Detroit 

Fair Grounds Buildings as seen from 8 Mile Rd., Detroit

 It includes 24 luxury boxes and 862 club seats. Events have included the Rolling Stones performance, 1994, the Cold War ice hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State, 2001 and the U2 concert tour in 2011. It's located at 300 Spartan Way, E. Lansing, Michigan, about 88 miles by car from downtown Detroit. (1-800-232-4678.)

Other Michigan State Sports and Athletic Facilities:

Note:  The Michigan State University athletics facilities are also very extensive.   This university could likewise host a Summer Olympic competition as well, but it is twice the distance from Downtown Detroit than its U of M rival.  Not all  MSU facilities are listed here. 

  • Jenision Fieldhouse:  This aging facility is the home of the Michigan State Spartans women's gymnastics, wrestling, track and field teams.  It is the former men's basketball facility with original capacity of 10,000.  Today there is seating for 6,000
  • Breslin Center, Michigan State (Spartans), E. Lansing:  Built to replace Jenison Fieldhouse in 1989, it was named after one of the school's most prolific athletes, competing in football and basketball, working with the university with a career lasting 30 years.  It contains main level and mezzanine seating, and is the primary location for all men's basketball home competition as well as a concert/entertainment venue featuring groups like Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, and Bob Dylan.  Capacity, 16,000.
  • Berkowitz Basketball Complex:  Part of the Breslin Center expansion program, this facility was added in 2002, and provides two additional gymnasiums for both the men's and women's basketball programs, and an auxiliary training area.
  • Duffy Daugherty Building/Skandalaris Football Center:  Built in 2008, this facility promotes the recruiting process and offers grass practice fields directly in back of the facility.
  • DeMartin Soccer Complex: Opened in 2008 this facility offers new grandstands and field for both the men's and women's soccer teams.  Capacity 2,500.
  • Forest Akers Golf Courses:  Offers two, 18-hole championship courses.  The 1998 and 2008 Big Ten, Men's Golf Championship was held here.
  • Grand River Park -- MSU Boathouse: 
  • McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field.  Considered one of the finest facilities in the midwest, this complex was dedicated in 2009, and offers baseball playing facilities with modern amenities but built to complement Jenison Fieldhouse.  Capacity 2,500.
  • McCaffree Pool:  Opening in 1959, this 50 meter pool is the home of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams.  It features a 60-foot diving well and 10-meter platform.  Capacity 2,000.
  • Secchia Stadium:  This baseball facility was completed in 2011.  Capacity 1,100.
  • Rearick Golf Complex:  This facility, built in 2003, houses offices, team room and locker rooms for the men's and women's golf teams.  It features advanced V-1 Video Swing Analysis System equipment, putting green and hitting nets.  It overlooks the 13th green of the Forest Akers West Golf Course.
  • MSU Indoor Tennis Facility and Outdoor Tennis Courts:  Opened in 1986, the indoor facility offers 69,000 square feet of building space and boasts one of the finest complexes in the country.  Capacity 150 seats; 1,200 spectator capacity.  The outdoor facility has 20 courts.
  • Ralph Young Field:  Opening as a combination track and field and field hockey playing field, it first saw service in 1937, but was last renovated in 2002.  Capacity 1,500.
  • Munn Ice Arena:  First opened in 1974, this rink offers a facility for the Spartan hockey team, and was most recently renovated in 2002.
  • It's attendance record was 7,121 in 2002.  Capacity 6,470.
  • Cooley Law School Stadium:  (Not directly affiliated with MSU, but closely associated.)  This facility is a baseball stadium in the downtown, Cooley Law School complex in Lansing.  It's the home of the Lansing Lugnuts.  A benchmark game between the Spartans and the Lugnuts, known as the Crosstown Showdown drew a record 12,862 fans.  Capacity is normally 8,000.

Windsor, Ontario Canada Stadiums

  • WFCU Centre: This is a recreational, entertainment and sports facility complex that seats 6,500 and has three community ice rinks and a community center. It's located at 8797 McHugh Street, Windsor, Ontario. (519- 974-7979 www.wfcu-centre.com.)
  • University Of Windsor Stadium: Also known as the South Campus Stadium, this venue features soccer and Canadian football, and is the location for the CIS Windsor Lancers. It also hosted the 2007 Track and Field Championships and Canadian track and Field Trials in 2008.
  • Windsor Stadium: This stadium has a capacity of 3,000 and hosts soccer, Canadian football and rugby. The Border Stars soccer team plays here and the stadium hosted the CSL Allstar game in 2007.
  • Windsor Ice Park, Inc.: This is a multi-use sports park with two ice surfaces in summer that offer figure skating and ice skating lessons, as well as adult or youth hockey and broomball.  It's located at 3400 Grand Marais Rd. E., Windsor, Ontario. 519-944-3773 www.icepark.ca.)
  • Tecumseh Arena: This is an indoor rink open all year that offers figure skating and ice skating lessons, as well as adult and youth hockey. It's located at 12021 McNorton Street, Tecumseh, Ontario. (519-735-4756.com/.../tecumseh_arena_skating_rink_arena_tecumseh_on.cfm.)

Stand Tiers in Profile, left and from behind, right


Stadiums in Metro Detroit 

The following stadiums are in greater metropolitan Detroit.  The U of M facilities are relatively close to Detroit while Michigan State's facilities are at the outer boundary of the literal Detroit GMSA (Greater Metropolitan Statistical Area).

Baseball Ferris Wheel

Monument Park Statues and New Digital Scoreboard, Right


Like Yankee stadium, there is a Monument Park.  Big 15-foot statues of Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Willie Horton, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Hal Newhouser stand in the concourse of left center field.  A pedestrian museum is available. 

Comerica Park Outfield (with a peek from the street)

Portion of Integrated Warehouse Stadium section


√Rec Ford Field (Lions Football): This indoor facility is home to the Detroit Lions football team and was completed in 2002.  As a result of a $100 million upgrade in 2017, Ford Field has become a state-of-the-art venue with the latest electronics and fan accommodations.

​​​The Joe Louis Arena, with 21,152 seats, was the recent home of the Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey team, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and numerous entertainment events. It also hosted WNBA Finals games in 2006 as well as spectaculars like Cirque du Soleil and the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. (The Joe has been replaced by the LCA previously described.)

True to its namesake, it's had its share of fighting/boxing tournaments. This Arena is otherwise known as "The Joe" and the "JLA" in honor of Joe Louis, the boxer of Detroit fame who beat German phenom Max Schmeling for the world championship in 1938 on the eve of WWII.  It has 86 premium suites, the Legend's Club seating and SkyBox with instant replays and good sight lines.  However, its dated design looks like a giant aluminum mausoleum.  There are virtually no windows facing the river, ignoring one of the city’s best assets.  (The city’s planners have vowed all future waterfront projects will take maximum advantage of the beautiful river like those for the new Cobo Convention Center or the stunning RiverWalk for its great success.)

The Joe is located at 600 Civic Center Drive, west of Cobo Convention Center on the Detroit River bordering the RiverWalk.  A People Mover station is located here, one story above the box office. Memorable events featured Lady Gaga, Blue Man Group, Slayer and Megadeth in the American Carnage Tour. The facility is showing its age and the owner of the Red Wings has built a new 20,000+ seat stadium in nearby Midtown to house both the Red Wings and the Pistons.  The Joe is expected to be demolished to eliminate competition with the new arena in a couple years, barring investment by another sports interest.  (If it avoids demolition, maybe someone will finally cut some windows in this riverside wonder.  For current venue information contact 313-396-7901

The Original Cobo Arena, Former Sports and Concert Venue

Downtown Detroit Map and Stadiums

Map of Detroit

​​                                                         “America’s Sports City”

  • Detroit offers great sport spectaculars from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NCAAI and NCAAII. 

  • U of M and MSU have split Big Ten loyalties down the middle over their football and basketball programs. These fiercely competitive rivals are like two more pro teams joined at the hip by a bitterly opposed fan base.

  • Thrilling races are held in and around town, at events like the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, the Michigan Speedway, the Off-shore Hydroplane Races, the Red Bull Airplane Races, the Dorais Thunderdrome Races and the Road Kill Drag Races.

  • Several grueling Running and Cycling Marathons are held each year attended by tens of thousands. 

  • Pony Polo, Cricket, Rugby, Soccer and Lacrosse offer intense competition for the sophisticate or the weekend warrior.

  • Thoroughbred Racing has thundered back to the Detroit metro area.

  • Bowling, Bocci Ball, Curling and Broom Ball provide strategic contests for the traditional and serious.

  • Boxing and Wrestling still draw good, combative crowds.

  • Sculling, Rowing, Sailing, Water Polo, Diving and Swimming send waves of enthusiasm crashing through the region.  

How to use this Page:

This page offers a description of Detroit's sports attractions both inside the city and in the suburbs.  Detroit has a long tradition of fierce rivalries in athletics and sports.  Numerous sports opportunities in the city and southeast Michigan give the enthusiast tremendous access to professional and collegiate competition.  (ENJOY THE MOTOR CITY AND HAVE A PLEASANT STAY!) 


Hockeytown “Winter Classic”

Detroit Red Wings alumni played the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni hockey game at a specially constructed outdoor hockey rink at Comerica Park baseball stadium at the end of 2013.  This game was coordinated with a January 1st game (2014) between the regular Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs teams in Ann Arbor’s Big House football stadium.  This may become an annual dual-event held in Ann Arbor and Downtown Detroit. The Red Wings opponents may change in succeeding years since they are chosen from a different Original Six NHL team.  Check for current dates and schedule.

(Refer to Joe Louis Arena on this Page for website information.)

√Rec Detroit Lions

Regular Season:  September to January

Logo:  A springing lion

Location:  Ford Field, on Adams in Downtown Detroit

The Detroit Lions started in 1934 with the purchase of the Portsmouth Spartans, an Ohio team.  (“SPARTANS” in Ohio!?)  Their first game was won against the New York Giants 9-0.  The Lions were one of four teams in the West division of the National League.

They played at the U of D Stadium in Detroit, then transferred to Briggs or Tiger Stadium as it became known, sharing the facility with the Detroit Tigers for several decades before moving in 1975 to the Pontiac Silverdome.  In 2002 they moved to their current home at Ford Field.  Today the Lions are in the NFC North.  The team plays in a Conference of 16 teams in a league with a total of 32 teams.

Memorable players like Bobby Layne, Linebacker Wayne Walker, and Offensive Rookie of the Year winners, Billy Sims and Barry Sanders, perhaps the team’s greatest player, highlight the Lion record books.  Two of the Lion's more colorful figures were defensive tackle, Alex Karras of T.V. and filmmaking fame who had a long career with the Lions, ending in 1970, and Mel Farr (Superstar), a running back of local TV commercial fame who owned several auto dealerships.  Karras appeared in Paper Lion, Blazing Saddles and the T.V. show, Webster.  Farr and another Lion, Lem Barney, sang background for Marvin Gaye's famous 1971 hit, "What's Goin On." (Wikipedia.)

Quarterback Mathew Stafford, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Tackle, Ndamukong Suh and “Megatron,” Calvin Johnson, were at the vanguard of a new Lions success story with a vaunted turn-around of a dismal, long-term record.  A hard-won optimism had driven this team's prospects for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  But performance fell short of expectations in 2012 and hopes were high for a big improvement in 2013 until poor performance late in the season. The 2014 season saw the Lions make it to the playoffs.  However, Suh left the team for a more lucrative contract.

Regular season play starts in September and ends in the beginning of January.   

√Rec  Detroit Tigers

Regular Season: April to October

Logo:  Old English, Capital D

Location:  Comerica Park, on Adams in Downtown Detroit

The Detroit Tigers were founded in 1894 as a member of the Western League.  They replaced Detroit's first professional team, the Detroit Wolverines who played from 1881 to 1888.   In 1896 the Tigers became one of the original eight Charter Members of the American League and played at Bennett Park on Michigan and Trumbull.  In 1912 the Tigers built Navin Field on the same site, which was re-named Briggs Stadium in 1938, and Tiger Stadium in 1961.  They moved to their final destination at Comerica Park in 2000.  That's also when the two leagues merged into the MLB with a total of 30 teams, including franchises in the U.S. and Canada.  The American League has 14 teams and the National League has 16 teams.  Various theories have been offered for the team name, including tiger striped socks and a Michigan, Civil War unit by that name.

Many of the Tiger's oldest fans remember fondly the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with Denny McClain, Mickey Lolich, Al Kaline, Willie Horton and Bill Freehand.  The wacky wanderings of Mark, The Bird, Fydrich, a talented pitcher, will always be remembered for his mound hijinks in the 70s.  Younger fans remember the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres with Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, Lance Parrish and Dave Rozema.  It also featured the colorful Manager, Sparky Anderson who had a winning career with the Cincinnati Reds as well.

The Tigers play 162 games.  The first game of the regular season starts in early April and the last game ends in October.  The Tigers won the pennant in 2012 but lost four straight games in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.   They lost to Boston in the ALCS championship in 2013. The MLB, World Series is played near the end of October in a best of seven game series between winners of the American League Pennant and the National League Pennant. This starts with a post season, two-part series.  The first is a best of five game series for the divisional championship.  The second is a best of seven game series for the ALCS championship, the American League Pennant.   The winner of the ALCS plays the winner of the NLCS in a best of seven-game World Series, league championship, the ultimate MLB title).

The Tiger's Spring Training location is at Tiger Town at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland Florida, where the Tigers play a number of exhibition games.  Their minor league farm team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, use the same facility for their regular season games.

Detroit Pistons

Regular Season:  October to April

Logo:  Originally an animated piston dribbling a basketball, then horses (representing horsepower from an engine's piston) and finally, a basketball with the word, “Pistons.”

Location:  Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Detroit suburb, 22 miles north

The Detroit Gems preceded the Pistons as the first Detroit professional basketball team.  They moved to Minneapolis in 1947 and then to Los Angeles as the Lakers. 

The Detroit Pistons originated as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons of the National Basketball League.  They later joined the NBA in 1948 after it was cobbled from the BAA and the NBL.  They became a Detroit team in 1957.  They're a member of the Eastern Conference.  There are 30 teams total.

The Piston's first Detroit home game was at Olympia Stadium, which was shared with the Detroit Red Wings for four years.  The Pistons then moved to Cobo Arena.  They also played at the Pontiac Silverdome and moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills where they continue to play today.

The Pistons have won three NBA championships. The Pistons start their pre-season play in early October and play their last pre-season game in late October.  Their first regular season game is in the end of October.  The regular season's final game is mid-April for a total of 90 games (82 in the regular season).  Because of a labor dispute in 2011, the season was temporarily shortened and delayed.  Post season playoffs occur in June among those with the best records in Eastern Conference and Western Conference.  The championship tournament involves eight teams in four rounds of best of seven play.  The final round is played between winners of Western and Eastern Conferences.  The Pistons and the Warriors are the only franchises that have won both East and West Titles.  The Pistons moved to Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena, in 2017, with the Red Wings.

​​Detroit Area Auto Racing

Temporary Venues near Comerica Park


​​Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament – Hockeytown Winter Festival

Normally an event located at Joe Louis Arena, it has become part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and “Winter Classic” series for five to six days held at the specially constructed outdoor ice rink at Comerica Parkbaseball stadium and at other venues.  Initially four teams competed from Michigan at the end of 2013, e.g., Michigan State, Michigan Tech., Western Michigan and the University of Michigan.  Later competition was held with members of the Ontario Hockey League, e.g., Windsor Spitfires as well as the Saginaw Spirit, London Knights and Plymouth Whalers.  Competing teams may change in succeeding years.  Check for current dates and schedule.

Warming Tents and Attractions near Comerica Park


Wayne State University Recreation Centers

  • Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (Wayne State University): This is a new, student multi-use sports, recreation and fitness center. It features 78,000 square feet of fitness space with cardio and free weight equipment, a 30-foot high climbing wall, a full gymnasium with 2 basketball courts and volleyball option, as well as an aerobics fitness area. It's located at 5210 Gullen Mall. (313 577-2348 rfc.wayne.edu/ )

  • Wayne State Matthaei Physical Education Center: This is an athletic center operated by Wayne State University that includes a 50 meter competition pool, tennis courts and gyms. It's located at 5101 John C. Lodge. (1-866-978-8457 athletics.wayne.edu/recreation/policies.htm)

  • Joe Dumars Fieldhouse:  8 Mi. and Woodward, old State Fair Grounds.  Pick-up basketball offered.

Downtown YMCA, Marriott Facility and Ren Cen YMCA

  • Butzel Family Recreation Center:  on 7737 Kercheval St.  (313-852-4734).  Includes recreation facilities, a youth computer lab, dance workshops, gym activities, art and music; inside Harmony Village, next to Marcus Garvey Academy and a block from Indian Village.   

Farwell Recreation Center

Detroit Athletic Club, left and Detroit Yacht Club, right

Michigan State University Stadiums and Facilities (88 miles from Downtown, by car)

√Rec Spartan Stadium (East Lansing):   This is a Big Ten football stadium with capacity for 75,005 fans, and is the home of the Michigan State Spartans football team.

Spartan Stadium Façade, Offices, Facilities, Broadcast Booths, Boxes and Suites

The complex also includes the Oakland University Natatorium. This is a NCAA division I, 50 meter pool and fitness training facility.  A new multi-use athletic competition area was built in the northeast campus as well.  



Note:  The following sports listings focus on five main tourist areas in Detroit: 

  • Downtown,

  • Midtown,

  • East Town/Rivertown,

  • Mexicantown and

  • Corktown. 

When a category cannot be located in one of these areas it’s listed elsewhere in the city or in the suburbs.

Detroit Exclusive Recreation, Fitness and Sports Facilities

Natatorium overlooking Valley, Oakland University

Calihan Hall (University of Detroit-Mercy): This is the home of the Detroit Titans basketball team, and is a renovated basketball/multi-purpose arena that provides seating for 8,295 people and a running track. It's located at 4001 W. McNichols Rd., in Detroit, about 4 miles from Downtown.  (http://www.detroittitans.com.)

“O’rena” (and mascot grizzly statue), Oakland University


Tom Adams Stadium (Wayne State University):  This stadium is the home of the Wayne State University Warrior football team.  With a capacity of 6,000 it has an all-natural grass surface playing field and opened in 1918.  Seating is arranged in large grandstands.  The football team is a GLIAC conference member contributing four drafts to the NFL and recently had the best record in its league, competing in the NCAA Division II championship game.  The stadium is located just north of Matthaei Physical Education Center between Trumbull and the John C. Lodge Freeway, north of Warren and south of the Ford Freeway.  The stadium will soon receive night lighting.  The stadium is in the west Midtown area, in one of the old surviving Wayne State University neighborhoods, about a half mile northwest of Downtown.

 Capacity Crowd awaits Battle with St. Louis Cardinals on 6-21-12

A baseball-style Ferris wheel and carousel are in a concourse behind the stands, making the stadium popular with kids. 

 It was sometimes known as Comerica National Park for what many considered too large an outfield, and was later reconfigured for shorter distances. Left center field is now 370 feet. Center field is unchanged at 420 feet. A unique keyhole line of dirt connects home plate to the pitcher's mound as it had at Tiger Stadium. 


√Rec Comerica Park (Tigers Baseball): This entertaining ball park opened in 2000 to replace the venerated Tiger Stadium. 

Comerica Park Main Entrance, Left and Stadium Interior, Right

Note:  Ford Field and Comerica Park have been criticized for not providing enough fan accommodations in the empty space between them.  It’s true.  There are only about 100 feet, wall-to-wall.  However, each stadium has several in-house bars and eateries.  The historic Elwood Bar and Grille is a favorite standout.  Nearby Foxtown provides bars, restaurants and theatres.  Many more attractions are just a short walk Downtown.  In addition, you’ll find nine live theatres and about 70 bars and restaurants within 300 yards.  Refer to Page 5, Restaurants and Bars for a detailed list.  Any of the design abuses of the present should be addressed by the new Wildcat Corner planned for the vacant spaces between the two structures and other shared locations. 

​​The venue hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer competition on June 7th, 2011, in which the U.S. team competed.  Ford Field has bid to host another Super Bowl, and the chances look good considering the vast in-crease in downtown hotel capacity.  Ford Field is located at 2000 Brush St., very close to the Gem and Century Theatres, the Music Hall Theatre, The Michigan Opera House Theatre, the City Theatre, The Fox Theatre, and The Fillmore Theatre -- all live performance venues. The People Mover, Broadway station is just 4 blocks away. There are also many fine hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, Comerica Park, Greektown Casino and the modern Boll Family YMCA, within a third mile. (313-965-7824 http://www.detroitlions.com/ford-field/concerts-events.html.)

The Brush Street Gap between Ford Field, Left and Comerica Park, Right

​​​​warehouse portion along the south sidelines. Most of the grandstand seats are located at the north and at the end zones. Recent events include Detroit Lions Youth Football Camp -- Offensive Skills Academy, Detroit Lions Youth Football Camp -- OL/DL Academy, Lions Uncaged, MSU vs. FAU, and Monster Jam (with Grave Digger).   

It has seating capacity of 70,000 for Football and 78,000 for Basketball with a total of 1,826,250 square feet. 230,000 square feet can be leased by businesses.  Ford Field has hosted portions of the NCAA Div. I, Final Four basketball tournament in 2009, the Frozen Four hockey tournament in 2010 and WrestleMania 23, in 2007 (when a record 80,103 fans attended). It's also hosted several college bowl games, the 2006 Super Bowl, and Michigan High School band competitions.  At the time of its construction, it was considered a groundbreaking design when it incorporated a large warehouse into its layout, which accommodates concert performances, athletic events and conventions. Some of the same concepts were used in the new LCA.  The layout includes banquet facilities, restaurants, office space, retail services, lounge areas, and food courts. Many later projects have imitated this successful building concept.  Most of the 132 luxury suites and the lounges are found in the 



General George S. Patton Memorial Recreation Center

Butzel Family Recreation Center

Michigan Stadium Façade, Offices, Facilities, Broadcast Booths, Club Seats and Suites

The Silverdome (Pontiac): Formerly known as the Pontiac Silverdome, this stadium had a fabric-domed profile like a giant Sealy Posturepedic.  It re-opened in April of 2010, and was initially saved from demolition with fresh cash and optimism. This was the home of the Lions, Pistons and Panthers since opening in 1975, and saw record attendance at 93,682 with the visit of the Pope in 1987.  Super Bowl XVI was held here, as well as WrestleMania III and the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Even Pink Floyd appeared under its billowing fabric top in 1994. The World Cup Soccer match was hosted by the stadium, which grew specially planted turf for the event in 2008.

With seating capacity of 80,311, this facility was considered better than Detroit stadium proposals at the time of its design, since many suburbanites spurned Detroit as a sports fan's nightmare. Since then fortunes have smiled on Motown resulting in the Lions departure to Ford Field. However, new life was injected into the Silverdome with new owners, new renovations and new events. The new owners bought the stadium at the price of a 2-bedroom California bungalow, proposing great success for the Silverdome location with millions in investment.     

Former Renovation Plans in Pontiac.  In 2013 the Silverdome’s cover was deflated in part due to storm damage.  Its top, seating and luxury boxes had been scheduled for replacement.  One design proposal called for a soccer facility with a capacity for 40,000, a concert facility with a capacity for 20,000 and a meeting area designed for 10,000.  Sadly, the facility will not undergo any renovation at all.

Downtown Detroit Proposal.  A new soccer stadium was also proposed for Downtown Detroit                             near Greektown, next to Ford Field near the abandoned jail area with seating for 25,000 fans.                               Further political wrangling over this site ended any prospects for stadium development from this                             investor.  Another investor has renewed interest, however. 

Recent events at the Silverdome included the soccer game between the AC Milan and Panathinaikos FC European soccer teams -- when attendance far exceeded predictions -- and the Jai Ho Ar Rahman concert.  A new soccer franchise was planned given that success.  A new professional American football franchise was tentatively approved for the Michigan Coyotes, in a league with four other teams.  (Both team proposals were dropped.)  While the stadium was still in excellent condition just a couple years ago, it stood exposed to the severe Michigan weather, waiting for demolition, and was brought down in December of 2017.  The Silverdome was located at 1200 Featherstone Rd. in Pontiac, about 23 miles from Downtown Detroit. (248-338-7000

The Silverdome Minus its Top in 2013

U of D Mercy’s Calihan Hall


New √√Rec "Little Caesars" Arena (LCA) and Detroit Events Center: A fantastic new, 20,189 seat arena was built in the Midtown-Downtown area, realizing the sports fans' dream.  It has state-of-the-art digital displays allowing it to cast lighting graphics from the roof, the "Via," the bowl, and from the world's largest center-set game board.  Excellent sight lines are available from box suites and seating with a skosh more room. The venue is configured for both ice hockey and basketball. Together with a new downtown soccer team, Detroit will soon offer professional competition in all five sports within less than a half mile.                                                                                                                     

Considered as comprehensive as any Olympic venue, the complex will join several innovative retail, residential and entertainment options unlike any seen in the world today within a staggering 50 blocks called District Detroit. New proposals have already expanded the construction footprint.                                                                                        

A traditional exterior hides an innovative arena built in the heart of a new entertainment area.  A large glass covered street promenade, the "Via" mixes outdoor and indoor traffic with a ring of support facilities on eight levels that include a 37,300 sq. ft. underground practice rink 40 feet below.  But five small "European-style” neighborhoods with micro-studio apartments are being built along the streets with unique bistros and shopping. An enlarged freeway pedestrian bridge links Comerica Park, Ford Field and this venue. A design team searched the world for the best stadium features and appears to have used them all. They didn't have to look further than their neighbors, Comerica Park and Ford Field for inspiration.

The initial price tag was $450 million.  Another $95 million was tacked on.for gondola seating in the arena and new outdoor "deconstructed" plazas to accommodate more fans. Still more cash was needed for the addition of the Pistons basketball team, which raised the tab to $863 million.  Special structural features allow the game surface to be quickly switched between basketball and hockey.  Second phase construction should push costs well past $2.5 billion.  Many new investors are clamoring to join projects that already include a hotel and a university business school.  The new Q-Line rail stops directly at the site from Woodward. 

A new development called Wildcat Corner will connect Comerica Park with Ford Field to promote fan traffic between all three venues as well as channel patrons to Detroit’s thriving theatre districts. New proposals may extend the second phase to 2019. 

(The Detroit Lions fans begin flooding the streets after victory over the Seahawks – above photo.  The Tigers played later the same day at Comerica.  They would not be so fortunate.)

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse

Tom Adams Stadium and Running Track (Wayne State University, Detroit)

Palace of Auburn Hills

Comerica Park viewed from Woodward prior to Game 4, vs. Giants, World Series, 10-28-12

Events have included appearances by Eminem, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, the Vans Warped Tour, Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Saliva, Kid Rock, and the Dave Matthews Band.  Recent Opening Day attendance reached a standing-room only capacity of 45,000, prompting speculation the stadium may be expanded once more.  The park has received major upgrades to its electronics, scoreboard and food options.

With seating for 41,782 in essentially two levels, the stadium is considered a "Pitcher's Park," while Tiger stadium was considered a "Hitter's Park."  

Tiger Stadium (now demolished)

Jubilant Fans exit Comerica Park after 9-28-14 Division Winning, 3-0 Game vs. Twins

Comerica Park

Comerica Park

The New Cobo Emerges

Comerica Park Beer Hall, Left and Historic Elwood Bar and Grille, Right

Ford Field Main Entrance

Ford Field


Cobo Arena has further merged with expanded convention facilities promised to the North American International Auto Show.  All seating was torn out and large new window galleries provide a spectacular new river-friendly theme. The Cobo Arena building has transformed into a large new ballroom seating 2,250 people that offers exhibit space to luxury vehicles during auto shows connected by a glass enclosed corridor to the rest of the facility.  It contains one of the world’s largest retractable partitions and a hydraulic stage lift for auto shows.  The building is located at 300 Civic Center Drive, within the Cobo Convention Center, between the Ren Cen and the Joe on the Detroit River bordering the RiverWalk.  A People Mover station is located at the Jefferson side of the Convention Center.  (313-983-6616 www.olympiaentertainment.com.)

Cobo Convention Center: This center is comprised of 2.4 million square feet overall and 723,000 square feet of convention space.  (Another 80,000 square feet of convention space were added with the completion of the former Cobo Arena portion.)  The original convention area also contains a large ballroom and conference areas recently renovated with a river-oriented design upgrade of its own.  One of the world's largest new digital displays welcomes visitors to events at the main entrance near Jefferson.  The People Mover has an integrated station in the Center. The new M1 transit, Q-Line includes a major station nearby on Larned and Woodward just one block north.

The Convention Center hosts the North American International Auto Show each January, the Autorama in March, followed by the Home and Garden Show, and the Boat Show -- among the big draws at Cobo.  The Antiques Road Show appeared at the Center in 2013.  Events bookings have more than doubled since renovation was announced driving more demand for hotel construction. 

Still At least a Part-time Sports Venue

While not the main focus of its facilities, Cobo will continue to host sports programs in coordination with other events like the Final Four, the Super Bowl, Junior Olympics wrestling and fencing competition when needed.  

Ford Field West Elevation

New Little Caesars Arena (LCA) replaces Joe Louis Arena and The Palace, September 5th, 2017



One of the traditional hangouts for Detroit Red Wings fans, "Hockeytown" deservedly portrays Detroit's intense fan identity with hockey.

Other towns like Chicago have recently tried to emulate this name association.  But only the Red Wings have earned the title with a record run in the playoffs.

Detroit is the greater of two pro hockey franchises  with a loyal but critical fan base found directly across the border in Canada, the birthplace of modern ice hockey.

 Detroit is the true Hockeytown!


The university has just announced plans for a new $168 million lacrosse stadium, including new housing and  track facilities.  The stadium will have a 3,000 seat capacity.  


Detroit City FC (Futbol Club)

Great enthusiasm has met the reopening of Keyworth Stadium inside the enclave of Hamtramck (a city inside Detroit).  The Detroit City FC league has grown rapidly in the past few years, adding several new soccer teams. (Keyworth Stadium capacity: 7,000.)



A new 2,500 seat multi-use stadium will be built on the former grounds of Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit's Corktown. The initial startup cost of $12 million has been approved, allowing construction to begin.

A collaborative venture between city planners, private interests and the Police Athletic League will construct the facility combining baseball, football and soccer on the historic site.  It will support youth oriented programs while being available to adult competition.  

This venue will also be within walking distance from Downtown.  The site preserves a visible link to baseball's historic contribution and Detroit culture for over a century.

The New Jimmy John's Semi-pro Baseball Stadium in Suburban Utica

This 8,500 seat stadium was built for $12  million.

​​Comerica Park is located at 2100 Woodward Avenue next to Ford Field in downtown Detroit near the City Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The Fillmore Theatre, the Gem and Century Theatres, the Music Hall Theatre, and The Michigan Opera House Theatre, -- all live performance venues. The Hockeytown Cafe, Chellie’s Chili (owned by Chris Chelios, former Red Wing), the Boll Family YMCA and two People Mover stations are within walking distance and close to parking at Woodward, the adjoining avenue.   Comerica Park hosted the Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31st, 2013 against Toronto Maple Leafs alumni.   (313-962-4000 tigers.mlb.com.)



A new MLS professional soccer stadium was recently planned for downtown Detroit, reinforcing the claim the city has the nation's most densely packed entertainment district. 

It originated as a collaborative effort between Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons) and Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) with the intent of building a new stadium in the Greektown Entertainment District.

It would also have been accessible on foot from the center of Downtown like the three existing stadiums.  

It called for a 25,000 seat, billion dollar stadium-entertainment district to rival any worldwide. 


Gores and Gilbert wanted to replace the stalled Greektown jail site with their development, which they call "Detroit's front door" to entertainment.  But after getting the land for the project they decided to enter an agreement with the Ford family to use recently updated Ford Field instead, an indoor facility that has a 70,000 seat capacity.

The MLS organization, however, stated it prefers outdoor stadiums built and dedicated to soccer only.  That could be a problem, which could force Gilbert and Gores to offer a new stadium in a later bid.

(Gores brought the Detroit Pistons to Little Caesars Arena in 2017 while building a pro-basketball practice facility nearby. Provided a soccer bid is awarded to Detroit, all facilities, new and old, will offer North America its only district with five professional sports within walking distance. When bicycle racing is added, there could be six sports offered in the area.) 

NUMBER1SPORTS CITY IN AMERICA!                                                     

Detroit was ranked first among the top five "Sports Cities in America" by SPORTS CHEATSHEET, September 26, 2015.                

Motown will ace that title with the building of three new stadiums within its borders by 2020.

(Since electing not to build a new soccer stadium, its promoters will wait for acceptance of their new bid for an MLS expansion team using Ford Field as the location.  If they can't win a bid that way, they may be back to offering a new stadium.)                                                              


Jimmy John's Semi-pro Baseball Stadium Cont'd.

THE "VIA," INTERNAL STREET                                                                                   The Via offers a broad avenue of bistros, shops, amusements and numerous fast food options, But among the less visible arena features, there are more surprises.                                                                                       The Ilitch family insisted that every arena amenity contain at least three innovations. These include large locker rooms with family quarters, meticulously appointed dressing rooms for concert performers, and separate amateur sports accommodations.                                                                                           No stone was left unturned, right down to the Gordie Howe mural and the original Olympia sign (shown above).                                                                                                           But the story doesn't end there. The new basketball practice facility, just blocks away, will start a groundbreaking collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital's sports medicine program.

The Boll Family YMCA, Downtown, lt. & Ren Cen YMCA area, rt. 

Adjacent Yost Arena Concourse, Entrance and Marquee


University of Michigan Stadiums and Facilities (44 miles from Downtown by car)

√Rec  Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor): Known as the BIG HOUSE and The House That Yost Built, it's the home of the Michigan Wolverines football team. 

Practice Facilities in Valley

Two major, 18-hole golf courses are on the campus near Meadow Brook Hall.  All facilities are located at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, about 21 miles from downtown Detroit.

The playing field is actually below ground level. 

There are 102 suites for luxury viewing and 3,039 club seats. The stadium boasts an impressive view of the Detroit skyline from its location Downtown. The summer sun can be a real issue for some, however, so adequate clothing is recommended. Game viewing for most fans provides good sight lines, but distances may seem remote on parts of the upper deck. The park is extensively decorated with tiger heads with illuminated baseballs clenched in their teeth. Giant tiger sculptures skulk along the scoreboards and grounds. Many a tiger's eyes alight during a homerun. A large fountain graces the area behind center field and erupts in torrent of water and tiger growls during a homerun. Real fireworks are displayed during Friday and Saturday games. 


Cobo Arena Transformed (part of Cobo Convention Center): Cobo Arena, with stage and 12,191 seats, provided staging areas for sports, concerts and meetings for five decades. It hosted the 1980 Republican Convention with Ronald Reagan, track and field events and basketball games for the Detroit Pistons.  The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is featured in a nearby hallway.

Legendary rock performances filled the Arena with echoes of approval for generations.  Memorable events of the past few years at the Arena included American Carnage Tour, featuring Megadeth with Testament; Stone Temple Pilots with Cage the Elephant; Budweiser Superfest 2010 featuring Anthony Hamilton with special guests KEM, Jaheim and Raheem Davaughn; and Eminem & Jay-Z.  More events like these will be accommodated at the new Little Caesar's Arena in South Midtown.  


Stadiums in Detroit  

“Yield the Field!”


The following stadiums are in Downtown.  The first four built or planned are barely more than a half mile apart.  Most are accessible on foot and three are near stops on the People Mover elevated tram.



Few downtown attractions can boast "3" pro sports stadiums.  While Cobo Arena has been deconstructed for car shows, Comerica Park and Ford Field still draw top competition.  The new Little Caesars Arenahas opened while a new Velodrome and ballpark rise nearby, But Detroit will remain home to thousands of rabid fans wherever there’s an inch of standing room. 

As regional attractions, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University offer great venues and exciting contests.  They score BIG  with thousands of
Walmart Wolverines  and  Party Sparties!  Loyal fans throng to Detroit pro teams and the Big Ten -- not to mention Detroit’s U of D Titan basketball team, once a powerhouse under Dick Vitale.  Add to these the NCAA Division I college teams in the outlying towns.  Even Detroit’s own WSU Warriors staked brilliant home stands on their way to the NCAA Division II football championship. 

With 9 and perhaps 10, large sports venues in metro Detroit, stadium viewing rivals the mega towns.  Visitors and residents of this city have GREAT  sports options that don’t stop at the box office.

As Cubs fans know, the vast nomadic hordes of Tiger camp followers are more tenacious than the Huns.  On June 15th 2012 they “POURED OVER” Wrigley Field in a seething sea of orange, beating the park attendance record!  Their cheers and jeers drowned out their home team rivals.  There wasn’t so much
DEEEE troit Muscle in Chicago since the **St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!  

They made a big show in Cincinnati, too, and the invasion force rampages on!  This is what it means to be


So we ask:  Who offers better Sport Venues, Quality Competition and a more Rampant Fan base than Detroit?  

This page still being written.​​

​​​√√Rec The Boll Family YMCA: This is a newer and larger YMCA fitness facility located Downtown, close to hotels and entertainment with a People Mover station near the entrance. Numerous activities are offered for adults and children. The YMCA contains a lap pool, a recreation pool, a climbing wall, weight machines, a cardio area, a live theatre, an elevated running track with a view of the city, and many other fitness areas and programs. It's located at 1401 Broadway and Grand River, within view of Comerica Park and near the Opera House, Music Hall and Gem and Century Theatres. If you're a serious fitness buff and plan to spend some time Downtown, it makes sense to see what kind of short term pass you can arrange, if only because of the convenience. The YMCA also offers Childcare services (313-309-9622 http://www.ymcadetroit.org).

40th Floor Marriott Hotel Fitness Center (within Renaissance Center).  It has a circular layout consistent with the unique cylindrical hotel structure, offering beautiful views of the river and surrounding area.  It’s well-equipped with newer machines and treadmills.  The entire hotel has undergone recent renovation.  (There is no pool at the hotel.)  

√Rec   Renaissance Center YMCA: This is a compact YMCA fitness facility with big windows on the Detroit River, facing the GM Promenade from the south side of the gargantuan Renaissance Center at street level. It offers Pilates, cycle, yoga, cardio and weight training equipment. It's located at 300 Renaissance Ctr., Ste A305 near some good restaurants in the Ren Cen.  If you are a serious fitness buff visiting the Ren Cen for several days, you might consider the benefits of a short term pass here or at the Boll Family YMCA on the same People Mover route, less than a mile away (313-309-3377 www.ymcadetroit.org).

Curves (in Ren Cen “East” 400/500).  This is a private fitness center franchise that's located in the same general complex of buildings.

Downtown Independent Facility

Corporate Mind and Body Spa, 600 Renaissance Ctr., Detroit (313-393-7995).  This is a massage therapy center open to all.  No membership required.  Services can be ordered for workplace visits. A massage at this facility can be a welcome follow-up to a tour Downtown... or a workout.  This is a good anniversary present.  So is the nearby Bon Bons Chocolatier store.

Detroit Professional Sports Teams

Detroit professional teams offer an unprecedented, year-long season of sports entertainment.  Three of the teams presently play in downtown Detroit where regular season games can be attended at one stadium or another every month. Both Hockey and Football share four months of a season Downtown (September through January).  Baseball shares one month with Football, while overlapping the end of the Hockey season.  If you're adventuresome, Basketball can be attended just 22 miles north in Auburn Hills.  The Detroit Pistons basketball team joins the Detroit Red Wings at the new arena in south Midtown Detroit when construction is completed in the fall of 2017, offering a fourth professional sport within walking distance.  (If a new soccer expansion team is added and the bicycle Velodrome is completed, six major sports will be accessible on foot from the Midtown-Downtown area alone.)

Michigan Coyotes (program cancelled)

This is a Pro Spring Football League franchise (American football).  One of five teams, its home field was to be the Silverdome near Pontiac, Michigan.  The team’s introduction has been abandoned along with plans to renovate the Silverdome. (313.886.6800  

√Rec  Detroit Red Wings

Regular Season:  October to April

Logo:  A wing connected to an automobile tire

Location:  Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit on the riverfront

The Detroit Red Wings were purchased from the Victoria Cougars in 1926.   For a short time they were named the Detroit Falcons and became one of the Original Six, NHL hockey teams as the Red Wings.  The wing logo was inspired by the speed of the falcon wing and the tire from the auto industry.   

The Wings hold the record number of playoff appearances for the league in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.  The Red Wings originated one of hockey's great traditions with the tossing of dead octopi onto the ice, the Wings fans' way of throwing down the gauntlet to the opposing team.  It's not much loved by the referees, who often retrieve the slimy critters.  Among the other members of the Original Six with great traditions of their own are:  The Boston Bruins, The Chicago Blackhawks, The New York Rangers, The Toronto Mapleleafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

The Red Wings played in Olympia Stadium, known as the "Red Barn" for many years.   Perhaps their most legendary player ever, was right winger, Gordie Howe of the famed "Production Line," with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay.  Howe or "Mr. Hockey" dominated much of the play from the late 1940s to the late 1950s.  A Russian line dominated offensive play for the Wings in the late 90s.  But Steve Yzerman (retired), Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom (retired, June 2012) have earned both the respect of the fans and their teammates in recent decades. Since the 90s, the Stanley Cup came to the Wings in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.  The Wings have appeared in the playoffs 25 years in a row as of 2016, an NHL record.

Today the Red Wings play in Joe Louis Arena.  Their owner Chris Ilitch has built a new arena near Comerica Park and Ford Field in MIdtown.  Joe Louis Arena may be demolished to avoid competition with the new stadium.  A bid by Ilitch to buy the Pistons fell through and with it plans to build a new stadium shared by both teams.  However, the current Pistons owner, Tom Gores, moved the Pistons into the new facility with the Wings.

The Red Wings were in the Central Division and one of five teams in the Western Conference in a league of 30 teams.  They have moved to the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference with many of the Original Six teams that play a physical style like their own.  But they have left Original Six rival, Chicago behind. 

Games begin in the Pre-Season, the last week of September.  The first regular season game begins the second week of October and ends the second week of April.  The regular season schedule includes 82 games.  Post Season championship games begin shortly afterward with the best of seven, 4-round playoff series.  The last round is for the Stanley Cup, League championship.   


O'Rena, Oakland University:  The O'Rena Athletics Center opened in 1998 with the Grizzlies losing a blowout men's basketball game against the Michigan State Spartans at the time.   Previous to 1998 the school’s only athletic facilities were the Holly Lepley Fieldhouse comprising a gym, pool and racquetball courts.  Current facilities are more than three times larger and may expand. The 4,005 seat arena offers a competition venue for women's and men's Division I Golden Grizzly basketball and Volleyball teams. Teams like Texas A&M, Missouri and Michigan have played here.

The men's basketball team had posted a 36-6 overall record for the prior three seasons until it joined the Horizon League encountering better competition.  Oakland competes in all major sports.  It added a football club in the autumn of 2013 reversing a prohibition in force since the school’s 1957 founding.   

√Rec The Palace of Auburn Hills (city of Auburn Hills): Opened in 1988, the Palace was built with private funding.  It's was recently home to the Detroit Pistons and the former home of the Detroit Shock, the Detroit Vipers, the Detroit Safari and Detroit Fury. It has the NBA's largest seating capacity -- enough for 22,076 fans -- and the highest home attendance record. Boxing matches have also been held here. It reportedly has end-stage seating capacity of 23,000 and 24,276 for center stage productions. Memorable events include Pet-A-Palooza at the Palace, Justin Bieber wsg Sean Kingston, "My World Tour," The Wiggles Wiggly Circus, Aerosmith wsg Sammy Hagar and the Wabos, Lady Gaga, "The Monster Ball Tour," Roger Water's The Wall, and Disney Live! Presents Mickey's Magic Show. More than $40 million in upgrades were recently made to the stadium.  In spite of this, the Pistons moved to downtown Detroit's new Little Caesar's Arena with the Red Wings.  While empty, the Palace remains one of the finest facilities in the nation, but it may meet the same fate as the Silverdome. It's located at 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, Michigan, about 22 miles from Downtown Detroit. (248-377-0100 www.palacenet.com/.)

Rynearson Stadium, Eastern Michigan, Eagles:   Home of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, Football and Track teams, this stadium was opened in 1969.  Over 2 million fans have attended events at the stadium since then.  Its capacity has grown to 30,200.  The Detroit Wheels football team played here back when it held 15,500.  But seating was added to bring it to its current total in 1992.  A StadiaTurf surface was installed and a new team building with locker rooms was constructed.  It's located 43 miles from Downtown Detroit in Ypsilanti and is an immediate neighbor of Ann Arbor's U of M facilities.

Glass Bowl Stadium, University of Toledo, Rockets:  Opened in 1936, this is the University of Toledo Rockets football stadium.  The name, "Glass Bowl" derives from the city's predominant industry of glass production and the period dating from the stadium's first major renovation after WWII.    A 1-ton supersonic rocket placed just outside the stadium is said to be aimed at the arch-rival, Bowling Green, Perry stadium 50-yard line.  The largest attendance was 36,852 when the U.S. Naval Academy played here.  True capacity is 26,248.  It's located about 62 miles from downtown Detroit.


The revenge killing of Bugs Moran by Al Capone is well-known in Chicago. 

Less understood, is the role of Detroit's Purple Gang in the setup.  New York hit men did the deed, but it was the Purple Gang who sent a truckload of booze from Detroit, delivering the bootlegger Trojan Horse.


Detroit loves the brick, walled up in so many of its buildings. 

Part of  Detroit's wealth and pride, the best homes had brick that stood the test of time.

There's something brick-visceral, brick-tangible and brick-reassuring in the hefty multiple of carefully laid rows.

Don't be fooled, though.  Almost every Detroiter, from the hood to the burb demands the latest high tech. construction. 

Every brick is mortared around the best gadget, glass and alloy that money can buy, and bears its weight upon tradition.

Let there be BRICK!


For those unfamiliar with Michigan lingo: A Walmart Wolverine is a snarky reference to a University of Michigan fan who never attended the school.  

Walmart stores sell Michigan Wolverine team-logo T-shirts and other sportswear on the cheap, allowing fans to dress like alumni at zero the cost of tuition.

Party Sparty is the Michigan State Spartan version of  "unofficial" fandom. 

Everyone in the state pays taxes that support the schools, and no one needs an alumni card to prove it.

But this makes the pretentious alumni fan club less exclusive than it wants to admit.

LCA Arena Interior Bowl

Out With the Old (Joe Louis Arena)

A Dream is realized in a State-of-the-Art Facility



The Detroit Fitness Foundation has built an Olympic "multi-sport" velodrome in Midtown Detroit at the cost of $4 million behind Children's Hospital.

Built on the improved Tolan Playfield, the velodrome offers cycling, running and skating, as well as a cafe.  The Detroit velodrome is free to youths and seniors and is just one of two such facilities in the nation.

The addition of a velodrome to Detroit's expanding sports network could make the city a tough offer to beat in any summer Olympic bid.


Michigan Stadium is a Big Ten football facility that completed a major expansion and renovation. It now offers the largest number of seats of all stadium venues in the United States and is third largest in the world with a capacity for 109,901 fans. But record attendance here is more than 115,000. Structural capacity can reportedly support a stadium of 150,000 seats, and many a dizzy fan would like to see another expansion. With the support of massive numbers of alumni, it could happen. The stadium includes 81 luxury suites and 2,952 club seats. It also features concerts and other events. It's located at 503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, about 44 miles from Downtown Detroit.  (734-764-1817 Michigan.EventTicketsCenter.com.)

Other University of Michigan Sports and Athletic Facilities:

Note:  The U of M athletics facilities are so extensive the university could host a Summer Olympic competition all by itself.  Not all facilities are listed here.  There are others that accommodate Fencing and Archery.

Crisler Arena:  This arena opened in 1965 and will undergo a major makeover. It hosts men's and women's basketball with a capacity of 13,751.

  • Yost Ice Arena:  Home of the Michigan Ice Hockey team since '73.  Capacity 6,342.

  • Cliff Keen Arena:  Since 1989, the home of the Volleyball, wrestling and men's gymnastics programs.  Capacity 1,800.

  • Wilpon Baseball (Ray Fisher Stadium) and Softball Complex (Alumni Field): Home of men's and women's baseball and softball teams.  Capacity 2,800.

  • Phyllis Ocker Field: Home of the Field Hockey teams since 1995, and renovated in 2003, it has a state-of-the-art playing surface.  Capacity 500.

  • U-M Soccer Complex:  A 3-field soccer complex with the Michigan Soccer Stadium as the central facility in a program used by both men's and women's teams.  Capacity 2,200.

  • Canham Natatorium (Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving):  A 59,000 square foot facility with 50 meter pool, 1- and 3-meter springboards and a 10-meter diving platform.  It houses the swimming and diving teams and the women's water polo teams.  Capacity 1,200.

  • Belleville Lake (Women's Rowing):  This is a 6,000 square foot boathouse on Belleville Lake.

  • U-M Golf Course (Golf and Cross Country): Men's and women's golf and cross country course.

  • Varsity Tennis Center:  Since 1997 housed the men's and women's tennis teams.  Capacity 632.

  • U-M Indoor Track Building: Since 1974 has hosted the men's and women's track and field training program.

  • Ferry Field (Men's and Women's Track and Field):  First constructed in 1906, it has hosted track and field events that saw Jesse Owens set three world records.

  • Al Glick Field House (Indoor Practice Facility):  At 104,049 square feet, this is an indoor football practice facility, built in 2007.

  • Newt Loken Gymnastics Training Center for Men:  Built in 1913 and renovated in 2009 this facility is dedicated to the men's gymnastics training program and focuses on elite training techniques with 10,500 square feet of space. 

  • Donald R. Shepherd Training Center Women's Gymnastics:  Built in 2002, this 22,000 square foot facility is the practice and training facility for the women's gymnastics program.

  • Oosterbaan Field House Practice Facility:  This facility, constructed in 1980 is a multi-use indoor practice facility for football, baseball, softball, field hockey and men's and women's soccer.

  • Bahna Wrestling Center:  Built in 2009, this 18,000 square foot facility offers a comprehensive and advanced training center for its successful wrestling program.

  • Junge Family Champions Center:  This facility, built in 2005, offers 11,400 square feet is a sports recruiting center.  The adjoining Mortenson Plaza is used for sports event tailgating, outings and dinners.