When editor-in-chief Kevin Morin asked if anyone wanted to write a stadium piece centered around our respective cities I jumped at the chance to voice my opinion. My love for Detroit sports is well known on this site and the places that they are played in are just as important. So, if you’re looking for a good place to watch pro sports here let me give you my purely biased opinion.
Ok, so there’s nothing wrong with Ford Field. But it’s definitely my least favorite of the pro stadiums. Maybe it’s just that I’ve realized that I don’t love going to NFL games but otherwise it’s fine? Nothing outside of the Cub Cam stands out about it. I’d just rather watch at home or in a nearby bar. Going to an NFL game just makes you realize how made for tv the game has become. They do have this bit of goodness going for them though…..
#4/3-Little Caesars Arena
This venue clearly takes up 2 spots because it houses 2 different sports and teams. It hurt to lose “The Joe” and The Palace so close to each other but LCA has filled the void quite nicely. On one of my first visits to a Pistons game a few years ago (when the Pistons were very very bad but managed to keep a game close), I turned to my mom and said that this place is gonna be a lot of fun when we start winning again. As the Pistons and Wings have started to turn the corner and get better, there are signs of more winning memories to be made there and lots of octopi that will fly, and many a loud crowd.
This might be a new one for you. If you’re not familiar with Detroit City FC you will likely never experience the magnetic energy that radiates out of this small soccer stadium in the middle of Hamtramck. Filled with food trucks, bars made out of shipping containers, colorful smoke bombs, and an even more colorful group of supporters that make up the Northern Guard, this is a venue unlike any other and one that must be experienced. Not to mention that the team they support are recent 2-time NISA champions and have just moved into the USL. Le Rouge is alive and well and represents the idea of Detroit v. Everybody in the most authentic sense.
As a kid that grew up in one of the old cathedrals of baseball, it’s crazy to think that Comerica is now the oldest of our professional stadiums. And it’s only 22. Barely above legal drinking age. Speaking of legal drinking age……nothing, and I mean NOTHING, tastes as good as a cold beer at the ballpark on a warm sunny day. The variety of food options and beer spots every 5 feet is fantastic. Not to mention the views of downtown and the opera house all lit up are out of this world. You’ll never convince me that there is a better sports setting than a warm day at the ballpark with the sounds of hushed conversations, cracks of the bat, the sound of a ball hitting the catcher’s glove, and the claps of recording an out. You might even convince me to do the wave there. That’s how much I love it.
- / 11 months ago
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