Beyond championship teams like the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings, Detroit’s passion for sports and the ability to host big events makes it a championship city. This includes World Cup Soccer, MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl XL, Buick Open, and Ryder Cup. With numerous state-of-the-art sports venues and more than 35,000 competitively priced hotel rooms, the city of Detroit can handle championship events at big scale.
The Steelers weren’t the only champions during Super Bowl XL. The city of Detroit and Ford Field hosted the incredible event, which ended with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Rolling Stones rocked the halftime show, which has become a show in itself. Motown made their presence known before halftime with a performance by Stevie Wonder, who was joined on stage by Joss Stone, India, Arie and Grammy-nominated artist John Legend. Aaron Nevill and Aretha Franklin were joined by Dr. John during the National Anthem. In preparation for Super Bowl XL, Detroit officials attended dozens of public and private events in San Diego during Super Bowl 2005. The game was attended by more than 68,000 spectators and provided a boost of 273.9 million fans. dollars to the Detroit economy.
The NCAA March Madness comes to Detroit in 2008 at Ford Field. The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games will be the first Regional Games to be played in the city of Detroit and will determine one of the four teams that will advance to the men’s Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The University of Detroit will serve as the NCAA host school for the Midwest Regionals. The games at Ford Field are expected to eclipse the all-time attendance record for the NCAA Regional Games. The current attendance record for a single regional game is over 42,500, set in 1999 at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. The BasketBowl at Ford Fiend, which featured Michigan State vs. Kentucky in a regular season matchup in 2003, holds the 2003 NCAA attendance record for a single game at more than 78,000.
Comerica Park, built for the Detroit Tigers, is located next to Ford Field. In 2005, Comerica Park hosted the 76th MLB All-Star Game, the first to be held in Detroit since 1971. That was followed in the fall of 2006 with the first World Series game in the stadium’s history. 1 of the 2006 World Series). The renowned sports arena is marked by a 15-foot tiger statue, as well as other heroic-sized tiger statues throughout the park.
Both Ford Field and Comerica Park are located in the heart of downtown Detroit’s entertainment district, making them ideal venues for major sporting events. Visitors have access to numerous restaurants, theaters, games, and other entertainment options.
In 2004, the PGA of America announced that the Oakland Hills Country Club would host the Ryder Cup, the prestigious golf competition between the United States and Europe. The South Oakland Hills course is world renowned and consistently ranks in the top ten golf events in the United States. The European team took the championship during the 2004 Ryder Cup. In August 2008, Oakland Hills will host the PGA Championship.
Home of the Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club is home to Michigan’s only annual PGA tournament. Located in Grand Blanc, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Buick Open, held in June. Previous winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, and Kenny Perry. The Buick Open consistently draws top names on the PGA Tour, including Tiger Woods, John Daly and Mike Weir are just a few of the golf superstars who played at Warwick Hills.