Big Fun in Detroit’s Spectacular Sports and Entertainment District

December 14, 2017  |   Story by Michelle Fusco  |   Photos by The District Detroit, Hockeytown Cafe, Elwood Bar & Grill

Excitement is bubbling over in Detroit with the recent opening of the new Little Caesars Arena, expanding Detroit’s already thriving sports and entertainment district. The venue features world class acoustics, excellent sight lines, a 5,100 square foot seamless, center hung scoreboard and countless amenities. In fact, the arena has been nominated as Best New Concert Venue by Pollstar magazine. Tours of the new stadium are available.

Good Sports

Little Caesars Arena is home to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings hockey and NBA’s Detroit Pistons basketball. Coupled with side-by-side Ford Field, the den of the NFL’s Detroit Lions football, and Comerica Park, home of MLB’s Detroit Tigers baseball, Detroit is the only U.S. city in the country to host all four major sports in a few walking blocks. A $100 million renovation to Ford Field, completed in 2017, put a new game face on the already popular stadium. The arenas serve as anchors of the entire bustling sports and entertainment district.

Good Show

Detroit’s live theater options run the gamut — from intimate spaces to grand palaces. The fabulous Fox Theatre, a National Historic Landmark, hosts a variety of big name concerts and live theater events. The Fillmore Detroit hosts rock concerts and rap shows, while the City Theatre is a smaller venue known for comedy. The Detroit Opera House is home of the Michigan Opera Theatre and several live dance performances and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is the “people’s theater” and includes a jazz cafe.

Good Eats & Drinks

Naturally, the area supports several longtime favorite restaurants, such as Cheli’s Chili Bar, Detroit Beer Company, Hockeytown Cafe, Town Pump Tavern, Small Plates, Harry’s Detroit and the iconic Elwood Bar & Grill — an art deco diner that was moved to make way for Comerica Park. For a uniquely Detroit experience, Cliff Bell’s boasts an upscale menu with a robust lineup of live jazz performances.

New restaurant options are adding to the mix. Rusted Crow is a hot spot and The Royce is a contemporary wine shop and bar offering a small plates menu. For quick and casual, think Hot Taco. In or near Little Caesar’s Arena, try Mike’s Pizza Bar, Sports & Social or Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit.

Meeting for drinks? Try Sports & Social at Little Caesar’s Arena. Or catch up over gourmet coffee at Ashe Supply Co. Want to hang out and play fun games? Hit Punch Bowl Social. Or dance the night away at Bleu Detroit nightclub.

Good Finds

Gameday Detroit is your one stop shop for sports-themed souvenirs of your stay–from a baseball cap sporting the Old English D to an authentic hockey jersey with a winged wheel on it or even throwback “Bad Boys” merchandise. For designer men’s clothing, John Varvatos is a must. Peruse a selection of cigars from around the world plus enjoy a drink and live music at La Casa Cigar Lounge. And check out Detroit is the New Black, which provides retail space for local designers as well as its own brand.

Good Place to Hang Your Hat

If you want to stay right near the big game or Detroit concert, book a room at the chic Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown, or 234 Winder Street Inn, a renovated bed and breakfast with five luxury suites.

 

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Detroit Red Wings
    Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-349-5777 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Detroit Lions
    2000 Brush St., Ford Field, Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2222 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Detroit Lions
    2000 Brush St., Ford Field, Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2222 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Fox Theatre
    2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-3211 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. The Fillmore Detroit
    2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-961-5451 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. City Theatre
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-3465 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre
    1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-3500 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
    350 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-887-8500 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Cheli's Chili Bar
    47 E. Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-1700 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Hockeytown Cafe
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-3400 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. The Town Pump Tavern
    100 W. Montcalm St., Detroit, MI 48202313-961-1929 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Small Plates Detroit
    1521 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-963-0702 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Harry's Detroit
    2482 Clifford St., Detroit, MI 48202313-964-1575 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Elwood Bar & Grill
    300 Adams Ave., (at Brush Street), Detroit, MI 48226313-962-2337 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Cliff Bell's
    2030 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-2543 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Rusted Crow - Detroit
    78 W. Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-782-4751 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Hot Taco
    2233 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-963-4545 Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Ashe Supply Co. - Downtown
    1555 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-672-2070 Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Punch Bowl Social
    1331 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-749-9738 Highlight on map | More Details
  22. John Varvatos
    1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-437-8095 Highlight on map | More Details
  23. La Casa Cigar Lounge
    1502 Randolph St., Detroit, MI 48208313-285-8332 Highlight on map | More Details
  24. Detroit is the New Black
    1426 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-818-3498 Highlight on map | More Details
  25. Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
    One Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-237-1700 Highlight on map | More Details
  26. Hilton Garden Inn - Detroit Downtown
    351 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-967-0900 Highlight on map | More Details