Located in the southeast region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Detroit holds the title of the only major city in the contiguous United States found north of the Canadian border. Sitting along the Detroit River, this 143-square-mile city is visited by 15.9 million people each year.
Founded in 1701 as a military settlement for the French, Detroit flourished in the 19th century as its waterfront location made it a hub for shipbuilding and manufacturing. At the turn of the 20th century, Henry Ford helped further escalate the city's growth by forever transforming it into the epicenter of the American automobile industry. Ford's legacy pervades today, giving Detroit its nickname as Motor City and attractions such as the Henry Ford Museum and the Automotive Hall of Fame.
The explosion of the automobile industry also brought a wealth of jobs, leading to a population boom of more than 600 percent in the first half of the 20th century. Today nearly one million people reside in the city's borders, and more than four million live within the greater Detroit metropolitan area.
Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown music, as Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in the city in 1959, the studio of which is now preserved in the Motown Historical Museum.
Though industry has shaped much of what the city is today, Detroit certainly knows how to play just as hard as it works. Enjoy gaming at the area’s casino properties; browse among 100 galleries at the Detroit Institute of Art, which houses Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting on public display in the United States. Cheer on the NBA's Detroit Pistons, MLB's Tigers, NFL's Lions or NHL's Red Wings, as all four teams play for Detroit, one of only 13 cities in the nation to be home to professional teams representing four sports. A Tigers or Lions game can be enjoyed from the comfort of each team's new stadium, the 41,000-seat Comerica Park and 78,000-seat Ford Field. As a Midwest oasis to business travelers and pleasure seekers alike, Detroit's picturesque waterfront skyline houses a vibrant and diverse mix of attractions sure to entice any visitor.
From old to modern, cultural to recreational, Detroit event venues are numerous and varied. The elegant Fox Theatre, the 2nd largest theater in the nation, seats 4,800 people, while the 115-year-old, Romanesque-style Whitney Mansion enchants 10 to 400 guests for receptions or dinners in its historic rooms. Belle Isle Park, the largest island park in the United States, is an unexpected spot of green among the skyscrapers and highways of the city, with numerous event facilities such as the Detroit Yacht Club and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Guests can also enjoy the view of the entire city by water on the Detroit Princess, an authentic, five-deck riverboat that cruises the Detroit River. Plus, with options to dine or shop in Windsor, Ontario, situated right across the river, Detroit makes for an unexpected international destination.
Hockey Tournaments in Detroit, Michigan
|ThunderBird||MIT1717868457||April 28- 30, 2017||Info Register|
|Last Dance||MIT 1723621279||May 19- 21, 2017||Info Register|
|Ursa Major||Pending||November 3- 5, 2017||Info Register|