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Enjoy Behind-the-Scenes Tours at Celebrated Venues in The District Detroit

The District Detroit is home to some of the city’s most impressive venues, where legendary performers and athletes have enthralled fans and won our hearts. Many of these special places offer behind-the-scenes access where you can learn more about the buildings through public or private guided tours.

At Ford Field, for example, visitors can stop by the locker room and learn about how the stadium incorporates the old Hudson's department store warehouse built in the 1920s.

And at the historic Fox Theatre, restored by the Ilitch family in the late 1980s, visitors can stop by exclusive areas where entertainers like Frank Sinatra and Eartha Kitt once hung out before performing.

Collectively, the 50-block district boasts the world’s largest Masonic Temple, venues with National Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places distinctions and one the largest scoreboards in the NHL, among other features. 

Here’s where you can find guided venue tours in The District Detroit: 

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Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Website: Click here
Price: Public tours: Adults - $20, children (12 and under), military, seniors (65+) - $15 | Private tours: Groups (15+) - $15, school groups - $9 
Duration: About 75 minutes
Dates: Public tours are offered on limited, pre-determined dates and begin at 10 a.m. Private group tours, school tours for students and exclusive tours with Red Wings alumni are available upon request.
Time: 10 a.m. for public tours
Highlights: VIP areas, behind-the-scenes areas
Contact: 313-471-7574 or contact tours@hockeytown.com
Other: Tours cover 1.5 miles of walking. Tours do not include locker rooms and may be modified due to arena operations and availability.

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Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Website: Click here
Price: $10 per person
Duration: 45 minutes
Dates: Monday-Friday on non-event days
Time: Appointment only
Highlights: The walking tour provides an overview of legendary acts who have graced the venue’s stage and showcases the Art Deco-style building’s “exquisite beauty and extravagant architectural design,” including its six-story grand lobby
Contact: 313-471-3200
Other: Access to certain areas is subject to change due to event schedules.

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Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Website: Click here
Price: Game day public tours: Adults and children (4-14) - $5, children under 4 – free | Non-game/non-event days and private tours: Adults - $6, children (4-14) - $4, children under 4 - free
Duration: 90 minutes
Dates: Public tours run from June – September on Tuesdays and Fridays. Private tours for groups (15+) are available year-round on non-game/non-event days when booked two weeks in advance
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Highlights: Behind-the-scenes look at home dugout, party suite, visiting clubhouse and batting tunnel, Champions Club, Ernie Harwell Media Center and Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame
Contact: Comerica Park Tour Hotline at 313-471-207 or ballparktours@tigers.com
Other: Kids tours available upon request. Detroit Tigers Kids Club Members receive one free public tour. Comerica Park tour tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office located on Witherell Street the day of the tour. Advance ticket purchases are not required.

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Detroit Masonic Temple
500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201
Website: Click here
Price: Regular scheduled tours - $25, custom-scheduled tours - $40, photographic groups (10-person limit) - $50 per person
Duration: About 2.5 hours
Dates: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, excluding holidays
Time: 3 p.m.
Highlights: Guided tour of Masonic complex, including lobby, Masonic rooms and other public areas
Contact: 313-832-7100
Other: Group rates available for Masonic and non-profit organizations

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Detroit Music Hall Center for Performing Arts
350 Madison Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
Website: Click here
Price: $5 donation
Duration: 1-2 hours
Dates: Once monthly (next tour: Feb. 24, 2018 at 1 p.m.)
Time: Varies
Highlights: Tour of key areas, including Jazz Café, backstage, dressing rooms, orchestra pit and main hall
Contact: Laura Raisch at 313-887-8553 or laurar@musichall.org
Other: R.S.V.P online for pre-scheduled monthly tour. See calendar here. No group limits. Special, custom tour dates available upon request.

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Ford Field
2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
Website: Click here
Price: Public tours and private groups (25+): Adults - $10, children and seniors - $7, children under 5 - free
Duration: About 60 minutes
Dates: Mondays and Fridays for public tours, times vary for private tours
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for public tours, times vary for private tours
Highlights: Behind-the scenes look at the Ford Field stadium, including Ford Field suite, an NFL locker room and a walk down the tunnel to the field to stand on the turf for a player's view of the stadium
Contact: Group tours 313-262-2396
Other: Reservations and advance purchase not required for walk-up tours

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Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Website: Click here
Price: $10
Duration: Varies
Dates: Appointment-only
Time: Varies
Highlights: Tours of the stage and history of the venue, including its restoration
Contact: Michael Hauser at 313-237-3279 or mhauser@motopera.org
Other: Tours may also include a live performance by Michigan Opera Theatre artists upon request. School tours including overview of careers in the arts (stage management, costume design, etc.) available.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is 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 eight 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. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

Current data from the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion by 2020 and create more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs.