The National Football League's Detroit Lions played outside the city at the Pontiac Silverdome since abandoning Detroit's Tiger Stadium at the end of the 1974 season. In 2002, The Lions moved back to the city and into their new digs at Ford Field, a massive 65,000-seat stadium of steel and glass in the city's downtown entertainment district. Besides sporting events, the facility holds concerts, banquets, corporate events and other special events as well.
Restored to its former splendor, the Detroit Opera House is a downtown landmark that finds itself right in the middle of the action, bordered by the Theatre District, Comerica Park and Greektown. The superb acoustics in the hall provide a prime venue for the Michigan Opera Theatre and for a variety of other performing arts productions, including plays, concerts and dance performances. In days gone by, it was a theater, concert and movie house, the fifth-largest in the world when it opened in 1922. The frescoes, marble stairways, draperies and chandeliers from its glory days have been restored. The Opera House reopened in 1996 with a performance by Luciano Pavarotti.
The Coventry Gardens or Reaume Park, is a local park that offers a serene atmosphere as well as recreational facilities. The highlight of this park being the Peace Fountain that floats on the Detroit River. It also hosts concerts and similar events as soon as the summer season arrives.
Arguably metropolitan Detroit's most accomplished community theatre group, Stagecrafters operates out of the beautifully restored vintage neighborhood theatre, The Baldwin Theatre. It's located in downtown Royal Oak. On a main stage and a second stage, the group presents a variety of classic plays and musicals, with regular youth theatre performances. Organ-accompanied silent movies are also occasionally shown. It's an affordable alternative to grander theatres, and the performances are consistently good. Afterwards, you're in a great position to walk to a dining or drinking establishment on Main Street.
The preservation of this theater is one of Detroit's proudest achievements. The 5048-seat palace of the arts, arguably the most opulent in the nation when it opened in 1928, was designated a national landmark in 1989 after a USD11,000,000 refurbishment by new owner Mike Ilitch. The oldest, continually operating theater in the United States features a 10-storey marquee, a six-storey lobby with a two-ton chandelier and 300,000 glass jewels in its interior. The exotic presentation of lions, gold fixtures and jaw-dropping grandeur harkens back to the flamboyant era of movie houses. The Fox is now busy with concerts, family-oriented shows and a wide variety of other offerings. It's the anchor of the Theatre District and perhaps Detroit's greatest civic treasure.
Experience what life was like for an American in the the 18th and 19th Centuries at this fun-filled attraction. The Greenfield Village shows historical everyday activities and you can explore seven districts to learn about history in a unique and engaging manner. Visit Thomas Edison's Menlo Park and see this inventor's actual workshops and even see some of his old creations. Discover what life was like on a 1880s working farm or visit Railroad Junction to see a steam-powered train. You can even take a ride in a resorted Model T!
The Compuware Atrium, housed within the Compuware Corporation Headquarters is often used as an event venue for a large audience. In the past it has played host to many live band performances and corporate parties.The building also features a restaurant, making it even more convenient.
The epicenter of downtown Detroit's arts scene, Capitol Park Historic District should feature on your list of places-to-visit while in the city. The area is dominated by scaling residential complexes with commercial units leased out to eclectic galleries and a range of eateries. The triangular namesake park is dotted with benches making perfect meeting spots under shady trees. This park is also used as a venue for several performing arts events.
Located in the basement of Saint Andrew's Hall, the Shelter is a live music and DJ performance venue. This cellar venue hosts more intimate concerts. Almost every night of the week you will get a taste of the up-and-coming bands in town. On nights where there is no live music you can listen to alternative rock and punk. Some of the city's most famous bands started performing in this basement venue.
Hip hop, dancehall and electro, if you want to rock to these tunes and more, then come on over to Saint Andrew's Hall where DJ Godfather and Paul Martindale perform. You can also party with the likes of Bowling for Soup and Still Never Fading. The stylish interiors and the state-of-art facilities enliven every event in this eclectic music venue. Throw a party for your friends here or simply come by for some refreshing entertainment!
TCF Center, also known as Cobo Center and Cobo Hall, is a spacious convention center located on the Detroit waterfront. It boasts 24,000,000 square feet (222967 square meter) of open floor space. The hall has witnessed several international music and sports events in the past. The Center has also played host to some prestigious events like the International G-7 Job Summit and the annual North American International Auto Show. Besides the massive floor space, the Center also comprises several banquet rooms and 80 meeting halls. Event catering is exclusively provided by the Center. Ample parking space is available.
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the ancient art form of puppetry, the PuppetArt Center in downtown is the city's home of anything related to puppets. Comprising a puppet theater, a studio and a museum, this comprehensive center is the only such venue in the city, and is thus worth a visit. Among the center's venues, the theater can seat 70 and offers an intimate spectator experience, with events being organized here throughout the year; the studio is where PuppetART shares the idea and techniques of puppetry with children and adults alike, through workshops that deal with a range of puppetry-related topics; and the museum houses an extensive collection of puppets from around the world, while focusing on the history of puppetry in the city.