Beyond championship teams like the Detroit Pistons and the Red Wings, Detroit's passion for sports and ability to host huge events makes it a city of championship events. This includes World Cup Soccer, the MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl XL, the Buick Open, and the Ryder Cup. With numerous state-of-the-art sports venues and more than 35,000 competitively-priced hotel rooms, the city of Detroit can handle championship events on a grand scale.
The Steelers weren't the only champions during Super Bowl XL. The city of Detroit and Ford Field hosted the incredible event, which ended with the Pittsburgh Steelers' 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Rolling Stones rocked the half time show - which has become a show unto itself. Motown made their presence known preceding the half time with a performance from Stevie Wonder, who was joined onstage by Joss Stone, India.Arie and Grammy-nominated artist John Legend. Aaron Nevill and Aretha Franklin were accompanied by Dr. John during the National Anthem. In preparation for Super Bowl XL, Detroit officials attended dozens of public and private events in San Diego during the 2005 Super Bowl. The game was attended by more than 68,000 spectators and provided a $273.9 million boost to the Detroit economy.
NCAA March Madness comes to Detroit in 2008 at the Ford Field. The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games will be the first Regional Games to be played in the city of Detroit and will determine one of the four teams that will advance to the Men's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The University of Detroit will serve as the NCAA host school for the Midwest Regionals. The games at Ford Field are expected to eclipse the all-time attendance record for the NCAA Regional Games. The current attendance record for a single Regional game is more than 42,500, set in 1999 at St. Louis' Trans World Dome. The BasketBowl at Ford Fiend, which featured Michigan State vs. Kentucky in a regular-season match-up in 2003, holds the 2003 NCAA attendance record for a single game at more than 78,000.
Comerica Park, constructed for the Detroit Tigers is located next door to Ford Field. In 2005, Comerica Park hosted the 76th MLB All-Star Game, the first to be held in Detroit since 1971. That was followed in Fall 2006 with the first World Series game in the history of the ballpark (Game 1 of the 2006 World Series). The well-recognized sports venue is marked by a 15-foot tiger statue, as well as other heroic-sized tiger statues throughout the park.
Both Ford Field and Comerica Park are located in the heart of downtown Detroit's entertainment district, making them ideal venues for major sporting events. Visitors have access to numerous restaurants, theaters, gaming, and other entertainment options.
In 2004, the PGA of America announced that the Oakland Hills Country Club would play host to the Ryder Cup, the prestigious golf competition between the United States and Europe. Oakland Hills' South Course is world-renowned and is consistently ranked among the top ten tests of golf in the United States. Team Europe took the championship during Ryder Cup 2004. In August 2008, Oakland Hills will host the PGA Championship.
Home of the Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club hosts Michigan's only annual PGA Tournament. Located in Grand Blanc, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Buick Open, held in June. Past winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, and Kenny Perry. The Buick Open consistently draws top names to the PGA Tour, including Tiger Woods, John Daly and Mike Weir are just a few of the golf superstars to tee up at Warwick Hills.
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