Detroit loves its sports teams. You can see it at the Tigers, Lions, Wings and Pistons games and during the Detroit Gran Prix. Well, now the nation knows how the city loves its teams.
“Detroit came out of gate strong and fans of the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons – as well as IndyCar followers – stayed competitive,” said USA Today. “It paid off. With its plethora of pro teams and a dazzling IndyCar race at Belle Isle, the Motor City offers sports teams a year-round calendar of reasons to visit the city.”
This win adds to the long list of positive evidence Detroit is on the comeback, the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) pointed out.
“Here in Detroit we all know that we are the best sports city, but to be recognized by USA TODAY and 10Best readers validates this title,” said DMCVB President & CEO, Larry Alexander. “Detroit is on the comeback and our sports teams and dedicated fans have played a significant role in the resurgence of the city.”
There’s no doubt Detroit’ has great sports teams and terrific fans.
The four-time American League Champion Detroit Tigers start their playoff run today (Thursday, October 2) in Baltimore. On Sunday the Lions take on the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. followed by Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles at 3:30 p.m.
The Detroit Red Wings have had 11 Stanley Cup wins, the third highest in the NHL, and have made the Stanley Cup playoffs for 23 consecutive years, the longest active streak in pro sports.
The Detroit Pistons start their season at the end of the month and are beginning a new era under president and head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Detroit is also a great host. Just in case you’re wondering how many terrific sporting events Detroit has hosted in recent years, here’s list.
- 2004 Ryder Cup
- 2005 MLB All-Star Game
- Super Bowl XL in 2006
- Set attendance records for the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional
- 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four
- 2010 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four
Our city most recently hosted the World Series in 2006 and 2012, and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009. We are also home to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
It doesn’t stop there. Detroit will host the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Dec. 26. In 2015, the Big Ten Hockey Championship Tournament will take center ice at Joe Louis Arena March 19-21, while the 2015 USA Volleyball Open National Championships returns to the Motor City in May for the first time since 1967.
Detroit beat out 10 other cities in the USA Today 10Best contest. Here are the rankings:
- Dallas/Ft. Worth
- Green Bay, Wis.
- Ann Arbor, Mich.
- New Orleans
- Oakland, Calif.
Nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, relevant expert contributors and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. All voting was digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest was accessible on the 10Best.com website.
By the way, you can also vote for Detroit as the best riverfront in another USA Today readers’ choice contest. Click here to vote. You can vote very day until Monday, October 20 at noon.