Welcome to The District Detroit—one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country.
Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites six world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment.
This vibrant destination is becoming even more exciting, with plans for new restaurants, shops, bars, parks and more coming online as part of this transformational development project.
If you love visiting the city of Detroit or it’s your first time here—finding your way around The District Detroit is easy and this guide will help you get there. So come early and stay late. The District Detroit has something for everyone.
Sports and Entertainment Venues
City Theatre – One of Detroit’s theater gems, the intimate City Theatre is located on Woodward Avenue. With a unique atmosphere, it hosts concerts, plays, comedy shows and more.
Comerica Park – Home to the Detroit Tigers and one of the most incredible baseball stadiums in the country. With views of Downtown Detroit, Comerica Park hosts professional baseball, concerts and special events all summer long.
Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre – Just steps from Little Caesars Arena, across from Cass Park, the Masonic hosts concerts, special events and shows.
Detroit Opera House – Home to the Michigan Opera Theatre, the tradition of live dance, theater, music and opera live on near Detroit’s center for sports and entertainment.
The Fillmore Detroit – Designed by the same architect as the Fox Theatre, The Fillmore has been located on Woodward Avenue since 1925. Catch a rock concert or a rap show at one of Detroit’s most exciting music venues.
Ford Field – Home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field is currently undergoing a $100 million renovation. The 65,000-seat arena hosts professional football, concerts, truck rallies and everything in between.
Fox Theatre – A National Historic Landmark, the iconic Fox Theatre is Detroit’s crown jewel, hosting the biggest names in entertainment all year round.
Gem Theatre – Built in 1927, this small historic theater sits between the Detroit Athletic Club and Ford Field—playing host to special events and intimate shows.
Little Caesars Arena – Opening September 2017 and home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and amazing shows, concerts and events.
Sound Board – Located inside MotorCity Casino Hotel, Sound Board is one of Detroit’s most exciting concert venues with visiting musicians from all over the country and the world.
Parking and Public Transportation
Whether you are driving, biking, walking, calling a ride share or taking public transportation to The District Detroit, there are many ways to get here and get around once you are here.
- Parking – We've got plenty of parking that's safe and easy to find. There are more than 5,000 parking spaces alone in The District Detroit including the Fox Garage, Tigers Garage, surface lots west of the Fox Theatre and public parking everywhere in between. We are also creating more than 2,000 new spaces in garages being constructed next to Little Caesars Arena and Comerica Park. Rates and hours vary so make sure to pay close attention to signage upon arrival.
- Public transportation – There are tons of options to get here by public transportation including DDOT and Smart buses, the Detroit People Mover and coming soon, the QLine running along Woodward Avenue. Traveling from the suburbs? Ride the RTA’s new RefleX bus route along Woodward or Gratiot to get here quicker.
- Restaurant shuttles – Detroit knows how to handle transportation in some unique ways. Head to your favorite bar or restaurant in the city for additional off-site parking options. Many offer shuttles that will drop you off at Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field and other destinations within The District Detroit. Typically, busses begin their routes an hour before the game and return up to an hour after. Check with your favorite Detroit restaurant or pub to learn more about shuttles.
- Taxis and ride sharing – Skip the lines by jumping into a taxi or fire-up an app to hail a ride share like Uber or Lyft.
- Walk or bike – If you live nearby, jump on your bike or put on your walking shoes. Consider taking advantage of bike lanes and new sidewalks zig-zagging along all the major thoroughfares surrounding The District Detroit. Take advantage of the Downtown Detroit Partnership Bike Share program as well.
Come Early and Stay Late
There’s a reason why The New York Times named Detroit as one of the top places to visit in 2017—there is so much to see and do!
Detroit has some of the most exciting chefs and new restaurants in the country. From craft cocktails to local brews and old favorites—in every corner of the city, we’ve also got some of the best bars and pubs anywhere. Those hoping to experience the best Detroit has to offer before the game or after the show—you will not be disappointed.
You’ll find foodie favorites right here in The District Detroit such as Republic Tavern, Cliff Bell’s, Hockeytown Cafe and Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille and new spots like Rusted Crow Detroit, Parks and Rec and The Royce await fans headed to a game or show in The District Detroit. There are more than 35 new restaurants alone within a five-minute walk of The District Detroit. Find more nearby restaurants here.
The District Detroit is in the center of the action—experience the greatest sports and entertainment events around, including four professional sports teams, tons of exciting events and shows including concerts at the Fox Theatre, comedy shows at and plenty more at . Don’t forget to bring the kids, there’s plenty to do with the whole family.
Check out MotorCity Casino Hotel for high-energy gaming, entertainment, a relaxing spa experience and fine dining with a view at Iridescence or one of the many other restaurant options inside Detroit’s premiere gaming destination.
Detroit has so many attractions to enjoy such as sight-seeing tours that will take you to some of the city’s iconic locations like the Big Tiger outside Comerica Park, the Spirit of Detroit on Woodward, Campus Martius, Belle Isle, the monument to Joe Louis, known also as "The Fist" near the waterfront—the list goes on and on. Visit the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information on all the happenings each week in Detroit.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, there are many great hotels in the area including MotorCity Casino Hotel just a few blocks west of Little Caesars Arena as well as many other hotels and places to stay—some within walking distance and others throughout the city. Check out this listing of more hotel options in the area.
Looking for more information about things to see and do in Detroit? Visit Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau website here.