March 23 and 25 are the days to visit the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. This anticipated Midwest Region tournament will spark the Detroit metro area, which was dubbed “Best Sports City” in 1998 by “The Sporting News.”
1. Hit Muskies restaurant directly across from the Palace at 3880 Lapeer Road. This lively and delicious destination has excellent brews and a dozen TVs – with more than enough fans to drink and watch it all. The game, of course, will be tuned in.
2. Jog down the street to Hoops Sports and Spirits (2705 Lapeer Road) where you’ll find much of the same, uh, hoopla.
3. Stop into other venues: Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse at 2550 Takata Drive, and Spectadium at 2511 Livernois Road in Troy. These are good, lively spots to catch the fan pack during game time.
4. See the sites in town. Great Lakes Crossing is a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping facility and entertainment complex in Auburn Hills for those that need extra basketball paraphernalia.
5. Laugh out loud at a show in Detroit’s Second City comedy theater, which lies in the cultural district along with the Fisher and Fox theaters and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Contact the Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information at (800) 338-7648, or visit its Web site at www.visitdetroit.com.