6 Things You Need to Know About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is fast-underway, and with it, the budding excitement of a new downtown playground. As we look forward to the opening of this state-of-the-art district, we asked guest blogger Ed Saenz from Olympia Development of Michigan a few questions on what to expect and look forward to.

1. What makes The District Detroit a ‘district?’

This is a network of five new, mixed-use neighborhoods, featuring residential, office, retail and green spaces which will each be anchored by world-class venues. The District Detroit spans a 50-block area and will include thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.

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2. What is going to make The District Detroit an attractive destination for travelers and tourists?

In addition to the new Detroit Events Center, The District Detroit will offer shops, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations similar to the Fox Theatre and Comerica Park. More than 180,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants will be developed in the neighborhood around the new arena alone.

3. How will the district contribute to the comeback of the city?

Our organization has been committed to the city for more than 50 years and we’re proud to be a part of Detroit’s amazing comeback story.  This District Detroit is a catalyst because  it is transforming places and people’s lives.  We are redeveloping a 50-block area surrounding the new Detroit Events Center into restaurants, shops, offices and residential spaces where people can live, work and play. The goal is to create a contiguous, walkable area between the fast-moving Midtown and resurging Downtown areas.

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4. What are some of the new amenities fans will experience within the new arena?

Dynamic fan experiences, like enhanced video and sound capabilities for a more immersive experience, creative food-service options, a “skin” on the outside of the arena bowl that can display video and graphics, additional elevators and improved seating options – such as gondola seating suspended over the event level – that create unique, memorable experiences.

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Active community spaces like on-site practice ice, which will also be used for amateur hockey; an outdoor plaza featuring a massive video wall – along with more green spaces across the arena site – will be regularly programmed with music and entertainment.

The new Detroit arena will be a special place for fans of music, sports, and other events, and we know that it will deliver a world-class venue that our community will be proud of.

5. When will the district be open to the public?

The new arena will open in September 2017, in time for the start of the 2017 NHL season, along with nearby restaurants, shops and new residential units.

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6. What is the number one thing people will love about The District Detroit?

The District Detroit will shops, living spaces and venues into one contiguous walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and fans can connect with each other and the city they love!

You can follow the latest on The District Detroit developments on DistrictDetroit.com or on their Instagram.

What are you most looking forward to about the opening of The District Detroit? Share with us by commenting below!

By The Numbers: Nine Facts About Detroit Tigers Opening Day

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It’s another Detroit Tigers Opening Day in Pure Michigan, signaling the start of spring and the beginning of another season of Motor City Kitties baseball. For generations, Tigers fans would excitedly listen to the late Ernie Harwell recite “The Song of the Turtle” before each opening Day, and prepare for another season with the “boys of summer”.

To celebrate Opening Day in Detroit, considered by many as an unofficial holiday in Michigan, we rounded up nine Tigers opening day statistics. Make sure to check out our April Events Roundup for everything else happening in April in Pure Michigan.

.561 – The Tigers’ winning percentage for Opening Day games since 1901. The Tigers own a 64-50 record for opening day, including both home and away games. All time, the Tigers own a .507 winning percentage with a 9085-8806 record.

8– The number of new delectable food items available this season at Comerica Park. These include: deep fried Oreos, downtown dog, mac daddy dog, brat pop, smokehouse fries, pork rind nachos, chicken and waffles and a fried bologna sandwich.

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8 – Times the Tigers have opened the season at Comerica Park since its opening in 2000. Before Comerica Park, the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912-1999.

11 – The number of opening day games pitcher Justin Verlander has spent with the Tigers. Verlander, who is currently the longest-tenured player with the team at eleven years, famously won the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in 2011.

12 – The numbers of new faces on the 2016 Opening Day roster compared to 2015. These include: Buck Farmer, Logan Kensing, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, Francisco Rodriguez, Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen, Justin Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and Justin Upton. (Whew!)

20 – The most runs scored by a Tigers team during an opening day game. This record was set on April 13, 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

24 – The number of Opening Day games the Tigers have played under the ownership of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Along with the Tigers, the Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.

30,000 – The average number of hot dogs sold at a Detroit Tigers home game. Pass the mustard!

45,068 – Fans that attended Opening Day in Detroit in 2014, setting a franchise record for attendance.

If you couldn’t make it downtown for the festivities, here’s a quick look at how Tigers fans spent the day.

What are your favorite Detroit Tigers opening day memories? Tell us below!

Four Types of Detroit Tours You’ll Want to Experience

Today, guest blogger Dan Fuoco of Visit Detroit gives us some tips for exploring the city with these four types of Detroit tours.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834 | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834

Detroit tours are not cookie-cutter or identical – they are custom, one-of-a-kind, jam-packed journeys that will transform your notion of Detroit and leave your thirsting for more knowledge and curious enough to explore on your own.

The right tour can be found based on these four types of Detroit tour experiences:

Historical Tours

The American Revolution. The Underground Railroad. Birthplace of the automobile. The Civil Rights movement. If you didn’t already realize it, these Detroit tours are a goldmine for history geeks.

Historians adore The Henry Ford Museum mainly because of its popular artifacts which include Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair (from the night of his assassination) and the bus where Detroiter Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Also a must-stop location on your Detroit tour itinerary, the Detroit Historical Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history in the U.S., encompassing more than three centuries of metro Detroit history. A self-guided Detroit tour is the best way to soak up just the right amount of history without a factual overload.

Musical Tours

Every Detroit tour must include a visit to Motown Museum where you will literally walk the hallways once frequented by Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and The Supremes, to name a few. Enter Studio A and relive the humming, snapping, and foot-tapping that swept the nation.

FREE Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center | Detroit Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center

Did You Know? The “Mo” in Motown was derived from “Motor City” which pays homage to the ultra-obvious notion that Detroit is the car capital of the world! Detroit and its metro area are world headquarters to all three major US automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Every tour of Detroit should stop at the world headquarters and the iconic building in Detroit’s skyline, the General Motors Renaissance Center. Free tours of the GM Renaissance Center take visitors through the automaker’s showroom, highlighting vintage, new and concept vehicles. The grand finale is a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel and tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Keeping on the architecture trail, Detroit Experience Factory offers a free weekly Art & Architecture Walking Tour on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 P.M.. On the tour, you’ll discover the city’s rich history, grand buildings and vibrant art in public places. Stand on Detroit’s Point of Origin in Campus Martius, pose with the Spirit of Detroit and adore the art deco in the ceiling of the majestic Guardian Building, a National Historic Landmark.

Outdoor Tours

Detroit has been called the Paris of the Midwest because of its attention to fine architecture; it is one of the only cities in the country so faithfully emblematic of this architectural style. A Detroit tour focused on architecture should include visiting works from Albert Kahn, George D. Mason and Wirt C. Rowland. Minoru Yamasaki, who later designed the World Trade Center, also got his start in Detroit, where he designed buildings including One Woodward Avenue.

Must-sees should include the historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel, built in the 1900s; the Chicago style-influenced Penobscot Building, designed by Rowland and Detroit sculptor Corrado Parducci; the art deco Guardian Building; and the Fisher and General Motors Building (Cadillac Place), both designed by Kahn and located in Detroit’s New Center area.

Have you gotten the opportunity to tour Detroit? Let us know what you saw during your visit!

Dan Fuoco_2014_portraitDan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.