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Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

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Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

Will be in Detroit for a game in Nov. Trying to see where would be a good area to stay.first time there with 5 other buddies. Will have a car. Heard to try Auburn Hills. Don't have any clue about the stadium area or airport . We usually stay at Embassy Suites from what I see are a few in the area. Will be in Fri leaving Sun. Any ideas on things to do and see would be appreciated.Thank You

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1. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

Downtown Detroit is perfectly safe and has the most to do. It can be more expensive that the suburbs, but the slightly higher rates come with much less hassle than back and forth to the suburbs. The two Hilton Properties downtown are the Hilton Garden Inn (closest hotel to the stadiums) and the Doubletree.

There are several other threads running about Lions games this fall, so do a quick search and you will find tons of information.

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2. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

We stay at the Holiday Inn Express when going to ball games in Detroit. Walkable to the stadium or if that makes you uncomfortable, the People Mover is a block to the west.

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I agree with Tev and upnorth, the place to stay is Downtown, within a mile of Ford Field. Any national brand lodging with a 48226 zip code will do. That or the local, nice, ideally located Atheneum Suite Hotel. And as already mentioned you could ride our little People Mover train if the weather's bad. It will bring you to within a couple blocks of the stadium.

Regular middle class people live, work, dine and play Downtown. It's fine, really. Here's a quick look a the center of Downtown in the summer. By November that sand "beach" area may be replaced by the annual ice ink. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/series

Auburn Hills is 35 miles and about 40 minutes (in light traffic) away from the stadium-- in the other direction from the airport. No need at all to go there unless you really like exurbs or need easy access to outlet mall shopping or a Costco.

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4. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

If you all have passports, consider Windsor....safer, good Casino and food....and there is the tunnel bus which makes getting over to Ford Field easy..

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5. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

Nothing against Windsor, but there is no issue with safety in downtown Detroit, and the tunnel bus is far from easy when you consider there are hotels within a five minute walk of the stadium. The tunnel bus will be subject to border backups, plus you have to wait for everyone on the bus to clear immigration. Even taking your own car you can sit under the Detroit River for an hour, plus immigration officials on both sides can be complete jerks. Looks like the bus drops off at the Rosa Parks bus station, which is several blocks from the stadiums. They also recommend picking up the bus at Mariner's Church by the tunnel entrance, so that is another long distance hike to get back.

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Uggghhh... that sounds like a nightmare to do Windsor. Although it would be fun to get another passport stamp! No, but seriously, I understand the Detroit folks wanting to keep the tourist dollar on the Meeeechigan side. However, you can't fault the Canadians to keep the dollar on their side. What gives? I honestly don't know...

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7. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

You won't get a passport stamp crossing into Windsor. I've done it over a dozen times since the new laws went into effect and they barely swipe your passport for information.

I think part of it is yes, we'd like people to experience Detroit and see we're not as bad as the media makes us out to be. The other part is why would we want tourists coming to our venues to experience such a headache during their vacation? Why would you want to add the hassle of border crossing, on a tunnel bus no less, to your fun event? Windsor's a fine city, but why not stay in the city where your event is taking place?

One more thought....what's up with Meeeechigan?? Never heard our state pronounced like that. LOL...

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Heh. That Meeeechigan kind of sounds like some U-M sports announcers from years back so that may be the source.

Go to Windsor if you want, of course. And pay tunnel or bridge fees each time you cross. And (bigger issue) risk the wait times at customs taking way more time out of your vacation than you'd intended. That really is the wind card. It might take you 10 minutes to get through. Or it might take an hour and 10.

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9. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

err, WILD card!

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10. Re: Headed for Lions game in Nov. safe area to stay.

I am also assuming Meechigan is referring to Bob Ufer, the play by play announcer for U of M football for many years. Just learned he got it from Fielding H Yost.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXGMIyisCXE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ufer