Detroit is one of the largest cities in the State of Michigan in the US with an estimated population of 912,062 residents. It is a major port on the Det river and it is because of this location of the city’s that it was named ‘Detroit’ from the French word ‘détroit’ which means a strait. It was first discovered in 1701 by the Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Famous because of its emergence of the automotive centre as well as its music legacies, Det is considered as the American metonym for automobiles industry. Following the city’s success in team sports Detroit began to be called the ‘City of Champions’ in the 1930’s.
Detroit is home to four professional sports teams in America with only the WNBA’S Detroit Shock and NBA’s Detroit Pistons that play in the suburban Auburn Hills. Ford Field, Comerica Park and the Joe Louis Arena are the major sports venues that the city has. Comerica Park is home to The Detroit Tigers who are a Major League Baseball Team. This baseball club was founded in 1894 and has gone on to win four World Series Championships. They have also been the winners of the American League ten times. Since the year 2000 they were playing at the Tigers Stadium but have since then moved to Comerica Park.
The basketball team from Detroit is the Detroit Pistols who use the Palace of Auburn Hills as their home base. Their sister team is called the Detroit Shock, which is a part of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The Detroit Shock has made news by winning three WNBA championships in the year 2003, 2006 and 2008 respectively. Like the Detroit Pistols, they too use the Palace of Auburn Hills as their home base.
American Football is another very popular sport in Detroit. The professional football team from this region is called the Detroit Lions who are a part of the National Football League as well as the North Division of the National Football Conference and have been the winners of the National Football Championships four times. Their current home field is the Ford Field indoor football stadium which has the capacity to seat 70,000 football fans.
Detroit’s professional Ice Hockey team is called the Detroit Red Wings. It is one of the most popular games played in Detroit giving it the name of Hockeytown. The Detroit red Wings are a part of the Original Six teams of the National Hockey League as well as of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. After playing for forty years in the Olympia Stadium they shifted their home base to the Joe Louis Arena.
Sailboat racing is another very popular sport amongst the people in Detroit. They many yatch clubs of the area fall under the governing purview of the Detroit Regional yatch Racing Association. They have both senior and junior sailing challenges and offer special sailing programs for juniors.
Taking spots challenge to the next level, making news is hydroplane racing. Detroit also has an active and exciting hydroplane racing scene. The city holds an annual unlimited hydroplane boat race for the Gold Cup. Other sports that make news in Detroit are the Formula One Championships as well as wrestling events. Detroit has also hosted WWE events such as Wrestle Mania23 and Wrestle Mania III drawing huge crowds to the city.