Detroit Fan Favorites: Where Sports Enthusiasts Like to Play

If you’re in town for the 2024 Draft or here to catch the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings or Pistons in action, Detroit was made for sports fans.

Detroit Tigers Stadium across the street from Ford Field
Comerica Park and Ford Field | Photo Courtesy of Instagram Fan itsjustahobbby

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Grab the Best Seat for the Game

Whether you’re pregaming, cheering at the big screen or celebrating a big win, Detroit’s sports bars have all the game-time vibes you’re looking for. Harry’s Detroit is the classic sports bar next to Little Caesars Arena, and nearby Hockeytown Cafe is packed with Tigers and Red Wings gear. The 40 flat-screen TVs and sports memorabilia inside TAP at MGM Grand set the tone for a great game day. For a pint and a rowdy good time, head to Thomas Magee’s Sporting House & Whiskey Bar in Eastern Market – its pub-style atmosphere makes it especially popular among soccer fans.

Check out this list of Detroit sports bars from our friends at Visit Detroit.

Get a Guided Tour

Go behind the scenes of Detroit’s stadiums to see what goes on even when the crowds go home. Reminisce over the great moments at Ford Field – home to the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Learn about its architectural legacy, get a glimpse of an NFL locker room and stand on the turf as part of a one-hour tour. You can also explore the home of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park and take a tour of Little Caesars Arena where Red Wings and Pistons memorabilia are on display.

From college games to a major cricket league, learn about other sports-themed activities in and around Detroit.

Plan a Day Outdoors

Once you’ve got your adrenaline pumping for the game, why not use some of that energy to explore the outdoors? On the Detroit River, Belle Isle Park buzzes with locals kayaking the paddle route and hiking and biking the network of trails. Along the Detroit RiverWalk – which now runs for 3.5 miles – make it a point to stop at the Garden Rooms to admire urban art and river views. Riding a bike along the RiverWalk, you can easily connect to Dequindre Cut Greenway toward the vibrant Eastern Market. Springtime also marks the opening of Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, featuring 80 acres with seven historical areas to roam around.

Get more tips on exploring outdoors in Detroit and throughout Michigan this summer.