2009 NCAA Final Four Event Guide
Ford Field is a multi-purpose indoor football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan. It is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL, and is directly across the street from Comerica Park. The Field can seat 65,000 for football and up to 80,000 for basketball events. The naming rights were paid for by Ford, who are spending $40 million over 20 years. Though initially planned as an outdoor stadium, the field incorporated a six-story former Hudson's warehouse into its architecture when built, making for a truly unique seating arrangement. The large glass windows and skylights allow plenty of sunlight to reach the field.
Ford Field is one of only four stadiums that have end zones in the east and the west. The NFL has a rule that governs stadium construction in this manner, as sunlight can be a major distraction to the players on the field. The NFL granted permission for the construction of Ford Field because the historic Hudson's warehouse would have had to been altered otherwise.
Ford Field has hosted a number of major events, including World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania 23. The event set an attendance record for the stadium as 80,103 fans congregated to watch the wrestling event. Ford Field hosted Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006. The stadium also hosts the Motor City Bowl, and has hosted the Mid-American Conference Championship Game since 2004. In 2008, the University of Detroit Mercy hosted the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament regional semifinal and final games. Ford Field will host the 2009 Final Four on April 4 and 6, 2009. The 2009 Final Four will also be hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy.
Each year TicketCity has a local presence at the Final Four, to assist our clients with ticket pickup and additional purchases. As the weekends' events draw near, our sales associates are available for personal assistance as needed. Therefore, clients have the option to purchase online or over the phone and pick up locally at the event.
Parking passes for the Final Four are currently unavailable at TicketCity. There are a large number of private lots that surround the stadium and offer parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is recommended to arrive at the stadium early prior to your Final Four event so that you might have an easier time of finding parking. There is a shuttle van and mini bus staging area located on Adams Street. For additional parking information, please visit Ford Field's Public Parking page.
Ford Field does not allow the following items inside the stadium at any time:
- Aerosol cans (hair spray, mace, pepper spray, etc.
- Backpacks, luggage, grocery, duffle bags, large bags, large purses or large camera cases: 8 1/2" x 14" x 10" is maximum size for entry
- Balloons (all types)
- Balls (beach balls, footballs, baseballs, etc.)
- Beverages or liquids (cans, bottles or boxes)
- Camcorders and tripods
- Professional cameras or cameras with lenses over five inches long and/or 50mm and above
- Confetti or glitter
- Coolers of any kind, including small soft pack coolers
- Decals or stickers
- Illegal substances
- Laser pointers
- Permanent or paint markers
- Noisemaking devices of any kind
- Objects that can be used as projectiles (sticks, bats, clubs, frisbees, etc.)
- Strollers and infant/car seats or carriers
- Animals (except assistive animals for the impaired)
The following items will be permitted into the stadium after inspection:
- Binoculars and binocular cases
- Small cameras and camera cases (must comply with the camera limits)
- Diaper bags (only if accompanied by a child)
- Small bags, purses and fanny packs (must comply with the bag limits)
- Small radios (must be used with an earpiece)
- Signs (must comply with standards of taste and decency; no profane or offensive messages; must not block another guest's view)
Motown Historical Museum:
2648 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208-1237
Phone: (313) 875-2264
This spot is a must for the music lovers of your party, and will offer thrills for the entire family. This former Motown studio recorded some of the most prominent musicians on the planet, including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Hitsville, U.S.A. is still the #1 recording studio landmark in the country, and the era of musicians that flowed through its doors sparked a musical revolution. Come visit and see the paraphernalia, pictures and wardrobes of the studio and its stars.
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 877-8077
(Cross street is Woodward Avenue)
Hart Plaza is the centerpiece for downtown happenings. Featuring the Isamu Noguchi-designed water fountain, the area is the congregation point for downtown office workers, tourists, and locals alike. It is not unusual to see people fishing in the Detroit River. Hart Plaza is the venue for several music festivals, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. In the winter, the plaza offers ice-skating and holiday scenery. Make sure to walk through the nearby Renaissance Center to experience Detroit industrialism and the business heart of the city.
Palace of Auburn Hills:
3777 Lapeer Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: (248) 377-0100
The Palace of Auburn Hills is a sports and entertainment venue in Auburn Hills, Michigan - a suburb of Detroit. The Palace, as it is often called, is the home for the Detroit Pistons. The arena opened to the public in 1988, and since has hosted the home games for the Pistons. This venue is the perfect place to see a Piston's game while visiting Detroit for the NCAA Final Four. This venue has also become the premier choice for concert and touring acts, with a 20,000 plus seat arena. Be sure to check with the box office or Palace website to see who is playing at the arena during your visit.
29410 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034-5717
Bacco Ristorante is one of the gems just outside of Detroit. Dining at this pleasant spot is just as delectable as their cuisine. The restaurant - named after Bacchus, the god of wine - is like a miniature Italy with all the sights and smells. The décor is mostly wine-inspired, as their wine list tops 500 vintages. Try the pan-roasted sea bass, or the tender, hand-made pasta with one of their signature sauces. Mmm! Perfetto!
Lafayette Coney Island:
118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226-2609
Phone: (313) 964-8198
Lafayette Coney Island is heralded as the Coney Island of Michigan. Boasting some of the tastiest coneys on Earth, Lafayette Coney Island is the perfect stop-in lunch spot or late-night munchie quencher, and it won't break your pocketbook. The interior of the restaurant has gaudy orange formica tables and matching chairs to really invoke that retro feel. You won't find anything special on the menu, because this hot dog paradise specializes in simplicity - it's simply delicious. The traditional Coney dog is made with mustard and onions. A side of fries compliments any meal.
Woodward Avenue Brewery:
22646 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220-1810
Phone: (248) 546-3696
Come try this hip joint and sample their in-house brewed beer over a plate of some tasty American cuisine. Great food, from burritos to burgers, give the atmosphere a decidedly unique brewpub feel. Wood floors and booths make the restaurant cozy and comfortable. Weekends are little more crowded, as people meet at the bar for stout drinks. Deck and sidewalk seating make this the perfect stop for the cool months of the year. This is the beer lover's stop in the Detroit area.
Robusto's Martini Lounge:
19271 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Phone: (313) 881-0100
If you are a martini fanatic, then this is your place. Frank Sinatra would have loved this place, as it balances a classy cigar-bar atmosphere with a crowd that sings. The fine tobacco aroma permeates the elegant building past the tall doors. With over 180 different martinis to choose from, you should have no problem satisfying your desire. The crowds here typically range from 25-40, and they fill the intimate space with lively conversation. This is definitely not the local pub, so make sure to bring your pocketbook. There is often live music and DJ dancing to go along with the vibe.
1228 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226-2247
Phone: (313) 964-0776
The Well is the perfect corner bar to visit on a Saturday night, or even to celebrate a Tigers or Red Wings win. The crowd here is typically younger, as many University of Detroit and Wayne State students frequent the place to take a break from studies. This is a laid-back bar, and no high heels or sport coat is required. Drinks are good, prices are comparable to a local tavern, and live music and DJ's are here on the weekends. If you want to come hang with a young, healthy crowd, you should stop by The Well. Also, The Well is located in the vicinity of several other bars, so if you don't dig it, just hop on down the road.