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2015 MAC Championship: Your guide to Detroit

With the game only encompassing one portion of your trip to the Motor City, here's a handy guide for things to do when you're not at Ford Field.

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Detroit.  It's a city full of history.  From the invention of the affordable motorized vehicle via the assembly line to riots to bankruptcy, Detroit has quite the story to tell.  This weekend, another page will be written as NIU and Bowling Green face each other (yet again) for the MAC Championship.  We here at the Belt want you to experience all the things Detroit (and the greater metropolitan area) has to offer!

So without further ado, here is our guide to Detroit, a city that still may yet be great (in areas).

Other Sporting Events

Detroit Red Wings - The Red Wings are one of the most historic sports franchises in history.  From Gordie Howe to Steve Yzerman, the Wings are the reason the city is named Hockeytown, USA.  One of the Original Six franchises, you can see them play at Joe Louis Arena, located right on the Detroit River.  On Thursday, they'll host the Arizona Coyotes and on Saturday, they'll host former Central Division foe Nashville Predators, both games start around 7 pm.

Detroit Lions - Well, the Lions are were back to their usual suckage this year.  Sitting at the bottom of the NFC North, they're finishing off a three-game homestand against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, yet they're on a 3-game win streak.  If you're in town the night before, you could probably find tickets to the game for a reasonable price.

College Sports - The Dirty D features plenty of schools like Detroit-Mercy, Oakland, and Wayne State.  You can also visit EMU and Michigan just 45 minutes away to the West.  We recommend Eastern Michigan for obvious reasons, but whatever floats your boat.

Casinos

Greektown Casino - Greektown features free parking right off the highway and is within walking distance of Ford Field.  The Greektown area of Detroit is lively, and the casino itself is fairly affordable compared to its two competitors.  Also, it's located on the Detroit People Mover, the local tramway that connects a good majority of the downtown area together.

Motor City Casino - Also located just off a highway, the Motor City Casino looks gorgeous at night as you approach it.  Car themed of course.  It's the farthest away from the stadium though, making you cross over I-94 to get to the stadium.

MGM Grand - The "high end" of casinos in Detroit, it's your little slice of Las Vegas.  Need we say more?

Bars

Of course we have to feature bars.  There are plenty to visit in the area, but below are a few in the Downtown Detroit area.  Along with the a general area in which you can visit them.

The Old Shillelagh (Greektown) - An Irish bar, just like their name suggests.  Big on sports of course
Cheli's Chili Bar (Ford Field) - Right outside of Comerica Park, it's owned by former Red Winger Chris Chelios
Elwood Bar & Grill (Ford Field) - Right on the corner of the stadium itself, this place is likely to be PACKED.  But if you can find your way in, it's pretty neat.
Hockeytown Cafe (Ford Field) - While focusing on the Wings, they love all their sports teams.  Yes, even the Pistons.
Foran's Grand Trunk Pub (Campus Martius) - Over 170 craft beers available.  Need I say more?
Nemo's (Corktown/Tiger Stadium) - Finding Nemo's may be the hardest part, but it's worth it.  Once located across the street from Tigers Stadium, it's not downtown, but still one of the best bars around.
Motor City Brewing Works (Midtown) - Home of Ghettoblaster.  That name alone should make you want to try it.

Other Notables

Detroit Zoo - Located WAY in the back of Woodward Avenue, if you make the trek it's worth it.  Amazing zoo that is lit up for the holidays.  Also, Thursday night they host an adults only event.  DRINK UP, BE MERRY, STAY AWAY FROM THE TIGERS.

Hall Road - Located in Clinton Township, it's also a trek out there, but worth it.  Lots of shops and great food and movie theaters.  It's a nice place to do some of that Christmas shopping you're putting off.

Novi - Just go.  The mall is awesome and they have a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.  You're welcome.

Campus Martius - The starting point for Woodward (ends in Pontiac), Grand River (ends way out past Lansing), and Gratiot (ends in Port Huron) Avenues, this park should also be all did up for the holidays and should feature a skating rink.  Cool, right?

Wayne County Light Fest - 4 miles magnificent light displays in a park.  Over one million lights.  It's pretty sweet (especially with snow on the ground)

Greenfield Village - The Henry Ford Museum also is lumped in here.  I've never been but it was demanded this get placed on here, so that has to mean good things.

Alex Alvarado's House - He lives in Melvindale.  I know where, but I'LL NEVER TELL (unless you give me $20)