Get ready for an awesome sports weekend in Detroit highlighted by ESPN’s coverage of the Detroit Tigers on “Sunday Night Baseball” and the Detroit Lions on “Monday Night Football.” Both teams will have “giants” coming to town with the Tigers facing the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park and the Lions taking on the New York Giants at Ford Field.
The Tigers game will be one for the books. With both the Tigers and the Giants fighting for a spot in the American and National League playoffs respectively, Sunday night’s interleague matchup is sure to shape into a great game.
While appearing on “Sunday Night Baseball” is nothing new to the Detroit Tigers (they were featured on the program three times in the 2014 MLB season), Detroit only recently became a desired destination for “Monday Night Football.” This will be the third year in a row that Detroit has hosted a “Monday Night Football” game, but only the 28th time in the team’s history.
ESPN could have chosen any of the 31 other cities to host the first “Monday Night Football” game of 2014, but they chose Detroit, marking the first time the Lions will begin the season on Monday night since 1971. Not only will Detroit Lions fans be filling the seats at Ford Field, but football fans from all over the country will be making their way to the D to catch the game. Monday night’s game will also have a special pregame show beginning at 6:40 p.m. to honor the legacy of the late William Ford Sr., the Detroit Lions owner for 50 years.
If you can’t snag a ticket, you’re sure to have a good time if you’re hanging out in Detroit Sunday or Monday night. There are plenty of things to do as well as tons of great places to eat and watch the games. Here are our suggestions to fill your calendar on this awesome sports weekend.
Detroit Tigers vs. San Francisco Giants (Sunday, September 7 at 8:07 p.m.)
This Sunday, grab a bite and watch the game! Some of your favorite Detroit eateries will be open late Sunday night for your dining and game viewing pleasure.
If you do make it to the game and have a late-night craving, Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island are always open until 3:00 a.m.
Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants (Monday, September 8 at 7:10 p.m.)
Monday is going to be a long, exciting, action-packed day that will be filled with many things to do in the city leading up to the big game.
- If you can’t make it to the Sunday night baseball game, don’t worry – there’s another one on Monday! The Kansas City Royals come to town to face our Tigers at 4:05 p.m. in a very important Central League matchup. The Tigers game/Lions game double dip is something to behold, so if you can get your hands on tickets to both games, go for it! Tickets for the Tigers-Royals game can be found here.
- ESPN’s Mike and Mike will be broadcasting their radio show live from Ford Field as a part of their 2014 Fall Football Tour from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Gate G opens at 5:30 a.m.
- Local sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket is hosting the Ultimate Block Party from noon – 11:00 p.m. at Grand Circus Park. There will food, drinks, live entertainment, games and merchandise for sale. Admission is free.
- For great eats and drinks, the Metro Times has laid out a great list of all the restaurants and bars that are in the vicinity of Ford Field, including a few in the suburbs.
This weekend will be one to remember for the city of Detroit. Even if you’re not a sports fan, you can still partake in the fun – so bring your friends and family downtown for a great time.
Are you heading downtown for the sports extravaganza this weekend? Share your plans in the comments section below!