The Detroit Lions play the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field, and if you’re planning on attending the game — which kicks off near the end of the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon — here are some tips for navigating downtown.
Plan your commute
It seems obvious. But with 25,000-plus people participating in Sunday’s race and thousands more watching as spectators, congestion will be a problem at certain areas of the city.
Here are the road closures that may affect your commute to the game:
No access to vehicles allowed. (Note: Some roads will reopen in sections after all racers have passed.)
- Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, 6:45 a.m.-10 a.m.
- The Lodge Freeway southbound at I-75 from 4 a.m.-8:30 a.m. The ramps to Bagley, Howard and West Jefferson (Joe Louis Arena parking) also closed during that period. The ramp to Larned (TCF Center) will be closed from 5 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lodge service drive from East Lafayette to East Congress, 6 a.m.-11 a.m.
- I-375 South exits at East Jefferson and West Jefferson, 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- West Fort from West Grand Blvd. to Griswold and Michigan Avenue from Brooklyn to Griswold at various points, 3 a.m.-3 p.m.
- I-94 West between I-96 and Livernois, entire weekend.
Restricted means the course is open to runners and vehicles. Runners are segregated by barricades. Controlled means law enforcement will allow vehicles to cross major intersections when it is safe to do so.
- The Ambassador Bridge, controlled from 5:45 a.m.-9 a.m.
- Lodge northbound at West Jefferson Ave. ramp, controlled for official business from 5 a.m.-11 a.m.
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Marathon participants are being encouraged to find parking spots as early as possible since streets will begin to close at 3 a.m., and the same is true for anyone planning to attend Sunday’s game.
Detroit has several parking lots and garages available to use. Olympia Parking is recommending lots at 151 and 205 West Adams as the best options for racers, as well as the parking lots on Cass, which means some lots could be close to capacity for Lions fans.
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Need a Lyft?
The Lions have partnered with Waze, a community-based navigation app, to provide alternate routes on game days. The app is free and can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play and can be accessed through the Lions’ mobile app.
The Lions also have partnered with the ride-sharing app Lyft, which is integrated with the Lions’ mobile app.
OTHER FORMS OF TRANSIT
The People Mover: The Detroit People Mover will be in full operation on Friday to Saturday evening. Extended hours begin on Sunday at 5 a.m. The cost is 75 cents each way.
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Bus: Windsor offers a tunnel bus service that will be active on Sunday. The tunnel bus departs from the Windsor Bus Terminal at 5:30 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. and drops riders off at the TCF Center. Return trips from TCF are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Riders will need appropriate travel documentation for crossing international borders.
QLINE: The QLINE can be used to get from Midtown to Downtown. The streetcar stops at 12 stations. The QLINE is on the region’s transit payment system: Dart. A single pass, which lets you ride for 4 hours, costs $2, and a day pass costs $5. Reduced fare prices a available for qualified riders. Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Tailgating in the Eastern Market area will be unaffected by Sunday’s race. However, anyone tailgating along Michigan Avenue from Lafayette to Brooklyn near the old Tiger Stadium site — or south of there — could be impacted. Nemo’s Bar, a popular Sunday destination for Lions fans a block west of Brooklyn on Michigan Avenue, will be open with a full breakfast bar. McShane’s Bar & Grill, another hotspot located a block west of Nemo’s, also will be open.
The lots near the People Mover stop at Fort and Cass will be inside the marathon route and closed off, and on Thursday an employee at Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill said the bar is considering closing Sunday because of the race.
Chris Thomas is the sports editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.
Published at Sun, 20 Oct 2019 01:33:49 +0000