October 2, 2014
Detroit, Mich. – Detroit’s new ranking of Best Sports City in the United States by USA Today 10Best adds to the long list of positive evidence that the city is on the comeback, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today.
“Here in Detroit we all know that we are the best sports city, but to be recognized by USA Today and 10Best readers validates this title,” said DMCVB President & CEO, Larry Alexander. “Detroit is on the comeback and our sports teams and dedicated fans have played a significant role in the resurgence of the city.”
Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA Today; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.
Detroit has welcomed some of the world’s greatest sporting events, including the 2004 Ryder Cup, 2005 MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl XL in 2006, and set attendance records for the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional, the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four. Detroit has also most recently hosted the World Series in 2006 and 2012, and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009. Detroit is also home to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
The Detroit Tigers are four-time American League Central Champions and start their playoff run today in Baltimore. The Detroit Red Wings have had 11 Stanley Cup wins, the third highest in the NHL, and have made the Stanley Cup playoffs for 23 consecutive years, the longest active streak in pro sports. The Detroit Lions are 3-1 this season and win or lose fans are always rooting for their home team. The Detroit Pistons start their season at the end of the month and are beginning a new era under president and head coach Stan Van Gundy.
It doesn’t stop there as Detroit will host the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Dec. 26. In 2015, the Big Ten Hockey Championship Tournament will take center ice at Joe Louis Arena March 19-21, while the 2015 USA Volleyball Open National Championships returns to the Motor City in May for the first time since 1967.
It will be a busy day for sports on Sunday in downtown Detroit with the Lions taking on the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. followed by Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles at 3:30 p.m.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel and as a film location to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues, and job opportunities. More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB's membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world's first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com
CONTACT: Deanna Majchrzak, DMCVB
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